North West Family Business Programme

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Innovation is a key challenge for many family businesses. If you’re among their number, we’re here to help. The North West Family Business Programme offers new ways for family firms around the region to collaborate, learn, share, build on their strengths and perform at their peak.

We want to galvanise North West family businesses to become some of Britain’s best-run firms. To do that, we’re piloting a range of new ways to help improve your business.

It’s no less than you deserve. Family firms are the backbone of the economy, making up 85 per cent of all UK businesses, employing more than 13m people and contributing over a quarter of GDP. Yet the pressures of running a family business are unique and very different from corporate management.

The North West Family Business Programme has been created to address precisely these challenges.

Working with the North West Business Leadership Team and a variety of regional delivery partners, we’ve created a range of powerful initiatives to unlock all the energy and potential held in our family SMEs. Some activities you can dip in and out of, others are more involved. All of them are designed to get family firms like yours talking, sharing, learning and thriving.

Our offering includes business placements, open business days, peer learning opportunities, advisory boards and other Be the Business programmes such as Mentoring for Growth and Productivity through People.

We are currently recruiting for our next round of Be the Business Advisory Boards, so if you would like to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, find out more or email for an expression of interest form.

For more information on all our programmes, have a look at our North West Family Business programme brochure to find out which might be the best fit for your business.

Don’t just take it from us though. We’ve already spoken to a number of family businesses, which have explained the power of collaborating.

David Wilson, manager at Playdale Playgrounds, commented: “It was the opposite of speed dating style networking events. Spending time with another business on placement means we now have something better than a connection who merely wants to sell us things. I would like to think we have a longer lasting connection and will try and keep in touch in order to use each other as sounding board.”

Helen Tonks, MD at Hydraulics Online, said of her programme participation: “Advisory boards are a superb opportunity to get joined-up thinking across the whole of our business over a 12-month period. Through this strategic level of support, we’ll be able to make some real changes and growth in our business.”

Sign up to our North West Family Business Programme today and unlock new paths to innovation.

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