The Family Business Network

The Family Business Network

The Family Business Network


Business Advice   Networking   Conferences   Business Support Services   Awards  

Windermere Rd, Staveley, Kendal LA8, UK

07866 536050

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We connect the family business community to provide a voice, a sense of belonging and an environment for learning and development.

We create unique and valuable peer to peer contact and opportunities for generations of families in business to share their experiences and insight.

We develop research, publish key news and provide a platform for great story telling about the history, journey and challenges family businesses go through. We have next generation groups, start-up innovators, sector pioneers and sage advice from families past and present on succession planning and other key topics to help families gain a sustainable future. 

The Network also nurtures and encourages collaborations and helps source the right people to work in and across our family business community.

Our programme of online and face to face events includes family case studies, topical debates, exclusive insight events, conferences, regional awards, development boards and peer group sessions.

The additional services for family businesses we provide includes PR and Media distribution, Video production, the recruitment of senior hires and NED roles, HR consultancy, as well as advisory support for development of businesses and individuals.

Established in 2014, under the leadership of Co-Directors Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson together with their extended team, our network has developed an engaged community of family businesses, influencers and partnersthat support the sector.

We are not a membership model but do have a subscription channel for additional content and family business interviews which our network really values.

Overall, the Network is a global connected community.

Day Open Open time Close time
Sunday Closed
Monday Open 9:00am 5:30pm
Tuesday Open 9:00am 5:30pm
Wednesday Open 9:00am 5:30pm
Thursday Open 9:00am 5:30pm
Friday Open 9:00am 5:30pm
Saturday Closed


Jobs (1)

Business Support Administrator (Apprentice role)

Closing: 27/01/2020

Position: Permanent

Hours: Full-time


Category: Business services

Job Description To provide administrative support for The Family Business Network. Working alongside and reporting to the Project Coordinator on...

Awards (1)

The North West Family Business Awards 2022

Date: 13/05/2022

The North West Family Business Awards are here to champion family businesses across the North West, recognising their achievements and...

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We have worked with Sue and the team in a number of different ways over the years, and applaud their passion for all that they do supporting Family Businesses. So much energy and commitment.


At Rachael Bell Wealth Management we are so excited to have become a partner of The Family Business Network in Cumbria. We have previously sponsored the Food & Drink Producers category at the Family Business Awards and attended the Family Business Conferences. We have thoroughly enjoyed each event and there is a distinct atmosphere which you do not experience elsewhere. There is such a feeling of community and support at each event. We love the whole ethos of the Network and we learn something new every time. It is a network where the family businesses and entrepreneurs celebrate each other’s success and learn from one another’s difficult times in business. I think most of all, we are very proud of the amazing family businesses and entrepreneurs we have in Cumbria and we want to support, promote and be part of this fabulous community.