Thursday 19 October marks Cumbria day for family businesses and what better way to celebrate than by attending the second annual Family Business Conference in Cumbria.

The conference is managed by Sue Coulson of The Family Business Network Ltd, a safe environment for family businesses to socialise, learn from each other, and access innovative additional support when needed. The network was founded in 2014 by Sue, via the Cumbria Growth Hub. Since then, the network has evolved to become its own company in June 2016 – supporting a wider location of not just Cumbria, but also Lancashire, Yorkshire and other surrounding areas.

This year marks the second annual conference, being held at the Halston Hotel in Carlisle, and we are delighted that Wrapped Agency are a partner in helping this conference reach as many family businesses as possible. The conference is also being ran in partnership with Armstrong Watson, who are currently celebrating 150 years of supporting, advising and protecting family businesses across Northern England. It plans to be bigger and better than the first conference, which was held in October 2016.

So, who will be there?

We are excited about this year’s line-up, which includes some household names and rising regional stars. One of the highlights will be a panel debate including Rebecca Falder from Manchester-based paint makers HMG Paints, who supply huge projects like Manchester library and Aardman Studios – who you might know from big films such as Wallace and Gromit!
The Next Generation panel session will also include Hawkshead Relish who hold 50 Great Taste Awards; Twoey, a manufacturer of educational toys based in Cumbria; and Wold Top Brewery from the Yorkshire Wolds.

We will also hear from Robinson’s Brewery as a headline speaker – who will be telling us how he has worked with heavy metal band Iron Maiden to create a series of new punchy ales. Some of our other speakers include Fred Story of Story Construction and Story Homes, Bells of Lazonby and Jonathan Lee who will be sharing a ground-breaking collaboration between the media, businesses and 10 chosen families who are willing to share their stories in print, film and on canvas.

Interested in coming?

If you are a business and this conference sounds right up your street – please do come along, meet everyone and pick up helpful tips and advice from other similar companies. Tickets are priced at £38 and this includes lunch. You can register for the event here.

Get in the mood for the event early, and keep up to date with announcements ahead of the day by following the event on social media through using the hashtag #fambizconf or liking the Facebook page.