North West Family Business Programme
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 our region to collaborate, learn, share, build on their strengths and perform at their peak.
We want to galvanise family businesses in the North-West of England 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.
Start your improvement journey today
Why family businesses are so important to the UK economy
of UK businesses are family owned
of family businesses have ambitious growth plans
of family firms have concerns about the profitability and sustainability of the business
We’ve created a range of powerful initiatives to unlock all the energy and potential held within UK 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.
Spend as little as a day or as long as a week in another company.
Open business day
A moment to celebrate and share in the achievements of our businesses, big and small.
Share issues and insights in a trusted group of like-minded peers.
Gain invaluable support and challenge your strategies with an advisory board.
Next gen events
Our programme has been created to address the specific challenges facing family firms. For more information, have a look at our programme brochure to find out which might be the best fit for your business.
“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.”
MD, Hydraulics Online
“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.”
Manager, Playdale Playgrounds
Hear from some of our North West Family Business Programme members
An action learning group gave me our “aha” moment
A peer action learning group has helped one media production company get crystal clear on its values and then turn them into the foundation of a sustainable growth strategy.
What a butcher can learn from a steel supplier
Sharing common business problems has brought companies from very different backgrounds together and begun to form long-lasting support networks.
I’m sharing info with my advisory board that has never left the business
With ambitious growth plans of 20 per cent a year, Hydraulics Online are using an advisory board made up of experienced business leaders to mark a clear route.