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NWFBA2020 Judging Day Video

On Thursday January 23rd, judging for the North West Family Business Awards 2020 took place at Lancaster University Management School. Take a look at what went on on the day below.

A huge thank you to all of our judges, who had some difficult decisions to make; and to all of our family business finalists!

FW Capital are supporting the inaugural North West Family Business Awards

Northern business finance company FW Capital are giving their support to the new business awards which celebrate the work of family businesses across the North West of England.

Maria Ramsdale, Investment Executive at FW Capital

Co-directors of North West Family Business Network, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson

 

Maria Ramsdale, Investment Executive at FW Capital

Providing finance since 2010, building up a strong track record in helping local businesses access the capital they need, FW Capital is sponsoring the welcome entertainment for the North West Family Business Awards being held in South Manchester. 

 

FW Capital works closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships, business support agencies, intermediaries and other funders and has an established business network across the UK. 

 

FW Capital successfully delivered £140 million funding into the northern economy over the past ten years, and appreciate the positive impact family businesses on the local and UK economy.

 

Maria Ramsdale, Investment Executive at FW Capital based in the Cumbrian office in Penrith, said: “We believe northern businesses have great potential which we want to help unlock.

 

“Our support helps Northern businesses create jobs, we have supported nearly 7000 to date to be more innovative and increase their contribution to the regional economy. This is why supporting the North West Family Business Awards is very important to us

 

“We work across the region, supporting businesses of all sizes, and we can see the Family Business sector of the market is so vibrant and innovative. 

 

“Across the region, family businesses are among those we are helping. One example is the Middlewich-based family-run business Duttons Builders Merchants. Their £250,000 cash injection to support the company’s expansion created eight new jobs in 2017.

 

“We see the impact family businesses have on their communities and the local economy. We feel it is crucial to raise the profile of this significant and growing business sector. This is why we are delighted to be able to help support the North West Family Business Awards.”

 

Founder and co-director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We would like to thank FW Capital for their support and sponsorship for our North West Family Business awards.

 

“With our host for the evening, food writer and presenter Nigel Barden, we will celebrate in first-class style at the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Centre on March 6th, under the wings of Concorde. It is an evening not to be missed.”

 

Co-director of The North West Family Business Awards, Dave Clarkson added: “We are looking forward to meeting our winning family businesses at the awards ceremony. This is a great opportunity for family businesses to come together to recognised their successes and achievements. 

 

Tickets for The North West Family Business Awards celebration are available via this link: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/event?embed&eid=9515 

 

You can follow the awards on social media with the hashtags #NWFBA202 and #WeAreNorthWest.

 

For more information about the Family Business Network visit: https://fambiznet.co.uk

Winning Ways to Promote your Business in the North West and Beyond

Businesses in the North West are discovering that entering awards is one of the best ways of promoting their business and letting new customers know about their services both locally, nationally and internationally.

Entering a regional award has proved beneficial to many enterprises of all sizes, from small partnerships up to large producers. The entries allow the companies to tell their story, share their values and reach a wider audience of potential customers.

Lancashire based recruitment agency, Cummins Mellor was crowned Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) Family Business of the Year 2019.

Cummins Mellor Director, Katie Mellor said: “Cummins Mellor is a real business family where every single team member believes they can achieve and be better.

“Entering business awards, and winning a family business award, in particular, cements our values and our passion for people in the local community.

“These awards not only make our workforce proud to be a part of our company, but also our clients and customers.”

Bells of Lazonby, won The Outstanding Family Business of the Year and Food & Drink Producer of the year 2017 and went on to represent Cumbria in the National Family Business Awards.

Bells of Lazonby Managing Director, Michael Bell said: “The Family Business Awards are a fantastic way to showcase your business both locally and nationally.

“Given how many outstanding family business there are in the UK it was fantastic for us to be noticed as one of the best and it has given us a real point of difference when talking to new and existing customers.  I would encourage any family business to enter.”

Thomas Graham & Sons Ltd based in Carlisle received the overall Outstanding Cumbria Family Business of the Year 2019. Managing Director Roger Smith said: “It was a massive surprise when we won as there are so many amazing family businesses in our area.

“The best part was the reaction from our teams, who were very proud and you could see that the family part of our business is still very important to them.”

Pioneer Foods based in Carlisle, Cumbria won two accolades in the Cumbria Family Business Awards in 2018, which has helped them build their business name to a wider, national audience.

Pioneer Foods’ Managing Director, Graham Jenkins said: “Winning the Family Business of the Year Award 2018 was a wonderful surprise to us!

“We were honoured to be chosen for our strong business ethics and values, and we value the award as it has certainly helped in building our reputation not just locally, but nationally.

“The award helped raise our profile amongst other foodservice companies giving our current and potential customers the comfort of working alongside a nationally recognised business. It also makes us a go-to employer in the area.”

Family businesses in Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and Cumbria have the opportunity of entering for free, the new North West Family Business Awards this month, however, the clock is ticking down to the deadline for entries at midnight, Thursday, 16 January 2020.

The new awards dedicated to family businesses from across the North West have grown from the successful Cumbria Family Business Award launched in 2017.

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson said: “Celebrating the successes of family businesses is essential to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.

“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who take part in the awards tell us how beneficial the process is to their brand awareness, and business growth – getting their achievements recognised.

“Our inaugural North West Family Business Awards now provide a new opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.”

Founder and Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “Businesses can enter themselves. However, you’ll have to act now to get your entry in, for free before the closing date of midnight on 16 January 2020.

“For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”

Taking place on Friday 6 March, the awards will take off in true first-class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

Relishing supporting the North West Family Business Awards…

Maria and Mark Whitehead are family business owners through and through. From their humble beginnings in Hawkshead in 1999, they have steadily grown their business to what it is today…

Exporting to 12 countries around the globe, retailing to over 500 specialist outlets across the UK, making products for a number of leading food businesses and chefs, employing 28 staff; including the next generation of business leaders their daughters…

Family is at the core of all that they do but that doesn’t mean to say that they look inward… Over the years they have worked towards a more collaborative approach to business. An approach that is much more than just working together… it’s a strategic choice too…

Collaboration has far reaching benefits for companies, producing organisations that are filled with employees who are self-aware, aligned, role focused, able to stimulate fresh thinking and encourage innovation, and because of all of this they are able to lift companies to new heights.

Building networks for family businesses is vitally important, especially when those enterprises are located in rural areas. Rurality can pose a number of challenges, inhibited access to markets, poor infrastructure, poor access to learning and development opportunities, and small and aging population bases from which to employ staff from. However, if businesses embrace the opportunities presented to them through being part of a wider business network such as the Family Business Network then these need not hinder growth and business development.

Maria Whitehead co-owner and director of Hawkshead Relish commented: ‘’The role The Family Business Network plays in sharing knowledge through networks, access to learning and mentoring opportunities, peer to peer collaborations and long-term business growth and development is vital; especially in rural areas across the North West. Being part of this network prevents isolation, helps share knowledge and best practice and helps shape businesses for the future as well as building strong associations and friendships along the way. I would urge every family business no matter how big or how small to get involved in The Family Business Network and see the benefits of growing together.’’

Maria has long recognised the wider benefit of building networks and in 2015 became involved with the Family Business Network in Cumbria, specifically looking at succession planning with a view to equipping daughter Izzy with the skills required to take over aspects of the existing business.
Invaluable sign posting from The Family Business Network, led by Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, provided Izzy with support and access to a variety of learning networks, which over time has allowed her to acquire the skills and training needed to take responsibility for elements of the business.

Despite being in a rural location a huge array of collaborative opportunities with all manner of businesses up and down the country have presented themselves over the years. Many of which have come as a result of being involved with family business orientated networks, especially the blossoming of a firm friendship…

Mark Whitehead and Nigel Barden both grew up in Bury in the North West, their fathers were business associates and friends for years, however, despite this their respective sons were passing acquaintances.

That all changed some 8-10 years ago, when the pair started to encounter each other again… bumping into each other at trade shows, social events, whilst working collaboratively with other businesses and as ambassadors for the North West and its food and drinks businesses on the national stage.

With so much in common it was inevitable Mark and Nigel would quickly become close friends, indeed the friendship blossomed to such an extent over the years that Nigel was kind enough to write the forward to Mark and Maria’s first ever cookbook, Embellish With Relish, which was released in September.

As you might imagine their connections continue to grow, Mark as a food artisan food producer and Nigel as a food broadcaster, presenter and judge. It goes without saying that both have a deep-seated love of the North West and they both recognise the importance of family businesses in bringing the largely rural communities of the North West together. Which is why when Hawkshead Relish were asked to support the first ever North West Family Business Awards they readily agreed.

Keen to assist in boosting the profile of the new awards Mark and Maria then asked Nigel Barden if he would consider joining them to help showcase the best of the region’s family businesses…
Broadcaster, presenter and food award judge Nigel Barden said: ‘’Growing up on a farm in the North West and working as a tree-surgeon and wine merchant in the region I recognise how vitally important networks in all their forms are. Indeed, none more so than The Family Business Network, as all too often it is easy to become embroiled in the day to day and lose sight of the bigger picture and become increasingly isolated. Which is why it’s important to take a step back, take stock and collaborate, learn, share, listen and develop alongside your peers. People, who like you are in family businesses and have either been in the same boat or who are going through the same thing. Which is why I’m delighted to support the inaugural North West Family Business Awards and encourage family businesses across the region, especially those in our rural areas, to get involved.’’

Judges ready to receive entries for the first North West Family Business Awards

BUSINESS experts from across the North West of England are coming together to be part of the judging panel for the first North West Family Business Awards, as the clock counts down to the deadline for entries on Thursday, 16 January 2020.

The panel will meet at Lancaster University on Thursday 23 January to begin the difficult process of selecting the finalists for the prestigious awards.

The new awards dedicated to family businesses from across the North West have grown from the successful Cumbria Family Business Award launched in 2017.

Judges from Cumbria include; Karen Stalker, Managing Director of Stalkers Transport Services Ltd, Simon Glencross, Director of NXT Recruitment, Grahame Latus, Chief Executive of Enterprise Answers, Emma Porter, Managing Director of Story Contracting Limited, Graham Lamont, Chief Executive of accountancy, tax and business advice Lamont Pridmore and Peter Stafford, Managing Director of family law firm Cartmell Shepherd.

Chair of the Judges, Jacqui Jackson of Thomas Jardine and Co. said: “‘What a privilege it is to chair the panel of auspicious judges for the inaugural North West Family Business Awards.

“We have two powerful things working in our favour, firstly a plethora of ‘awesomely brilliant’ family businesses in the North West and secondly, a group of skilled judges with distinct lenses and perspectives from which to identify the ‘magic’ combination of family values and business excellence that will represent the very best of our region.”

Cumbrian judge, Peter Stafford of Cartmell Shepherd said: “I believe that Family Business is the lifeblood of our economy, so I will be looking for the story behind the business, what their aims are to be sustainable and future proof their family business as well as the culture of the family business underpinned by the current leadership.”

Joining the Cumbrian judges will be Paul Andrews of Family Business United, Matt Hutchinson Lancaster University’s Family Business Excellence Programme Manager, Sheena McDermott North West Programme Manager for Be the Business, Lucy Powers Director of Chester based Bamboo by HM, Jane Montague Client Services Director for Majestic Publications, Christian Mancier Partner and Commercial Law Specialist at Gorvins Solicitors and Dawn Duggan, Business Growth Hub Leader.

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson said: “Celebrating the successes of family businesses is important to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.

“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who took part in the awards have told us how beneficial the process has been to their brand awareness, and business growth through their achievements being recognised.

“Now in 2020, we see these awards evolve into our inaugural North West Family Business Awards, which aim to provide an opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.”

Founder and Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We are delighted to provide the opportunity for family firms from Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, as well as Cumbria to share and celebrate their achievements through the awards – and expand our judging panel to reflect and represent the whole of the North West.

“We have such a great wealth of experience and business knowledge on the judging panel – many of whom are part of or work closely with family businesses in the area.

“It will be a difficult job to select the finalists, and we are grateful to all the judges for accepting the invitation, and volunteering to be part of the awards.

“Businesses can either be nominated or can enter themselves, however, you’ll have to act quickly as the closing date of 16 January 2020 is fast approaching. For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”

Taking place on Friday 6 March, the awards will take off in true first-class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

Merseyside woman join North West Family Business Awards judging panel

Sheena McDermott from Merseyside is joining the judges for the inaugural North West Family Business Awards 2020.

North West Programme Manager for Be the Business, Sheena joins a panel of business experts from the North West who will be judging the awards which champion and represent family businesses from all sectors and all sizes based in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria.

 

Be the Business is a non-profit organisation which help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) raise their performance and productivity with support for the UK’s most successful businesses including John Lewis and Partners, Amazon, BAE Systems and Lloyds Banking Group.

 

Sheena is working closely with businesses across the North West of England including many family firms.

 

Sheena is also a Trustee of the Neo Community, tackling food insecurity. As a Change Management Specialist, she has experience working across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

 

Sheena said: “I am delighted to be part of the judging panel for the North West Family Business Awards, as our mission at Be the Business is to encourage companies large and small to work together and share expertise that will help make the UK’s businesses more productive.

 

“These awards are an important part of raising the profile of family businesses which play a vital part in our economy.”

 

Founder and Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We are delighted to have Sheena on the judging panel. Sheena and Be the Business are great supporters of family businesses, and her experience makes her the perfect judge for the North West Family Business Awards.

 

“Sheena’s experience working closely with small and medium-sized businesses across the North West brings a great deal of knowledge and insight to the panel.

 

“Sheena joins a strong team of judges, who we would like to thank for their commitment to The Family Business Network.”

 

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson added: “Sheena has the insight and experience that will be invaluable to the judging panel for the awards.

 

“Celebrating the successes of family businesses is important to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.

 

“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who took part in the awards have told us how beneficial the process has been to their brand awareness, and business growth through their achievements being recognised.

 

“In 2020 these awards evolve into our inaugural North West Family Business Awards, which aim to provide an opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.

 

“Businesses can either be nominated or can enter themselves, however, you’ll have to act quickly as the closing date of 16 January 2020 is fast approaching.

 

“For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”

 

Taking place on Friday 6th March, the awards will take off in true first-class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

University’s family business programme manager joins judging panel for the first North West Family Business Awards

Lancaster University’s Family Business Excellence Programme manager is joining the judging panel for the inaugural North West Awards for family businesses.

Matt Hutchinson is working with family firms across the North West as part of the University’s Management School programme.

 

Matt said: “As Programme Manager for the Family Business Excellence Programme at Lancaster University Management School, I am working with family firms across the North West to tackle those seemingly unsolvable problems and build sustainable futures.

 

“I have worked in and with family businesses since the age of 14.

 

“Having experienced life in both my own family business and as a non-family member in a wide range of businesses, I have seen it from both sides.

 

“As a judge, I’ll be focussing on excellence in three inter-related areas; leadership, change management and the next generation.

 

“I’ll be looking for strong leadership that fosters engagement and positive culture within the business.

 

“I’ll be looking for change management – both within and between generations. I’m obsessed with how organisations manage change and the impact of change on their people. It’s a dark art and very few people get it right. I’m really looking for proactivity and a focus on continuous improvement in how change is managed and led.

 

‘With the Next Generation, it’s not relevant to all businesses all of the time, but when it is relevant, it’s vital to get it right! I’m interested in how the next gen are inducted, both into the company and into leadership roles. In firms where there is no next gen, I’ll look at other forms of succession planning.”

 

Founder and Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We are delighted to have Matt join the judging panel. His personal experience working in a family business and his work with the Family Business Excellence Programme at Lancaster University’s Management School make him the perfect judge for the North West Family Business Awards 2020.”

 

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson added: “Celebrating the successes of family businesses is important to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.

 

“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who took part in the awards have told us how beneficial the process has been to their brand awareness, and business growth through their achievements being recognised.

 

“Now in 2020, we see these awards evolve into our inaugural North West Family Business Awards, which aim to provide an opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.

 

“Businesses can either be nominated or can enter themselves, however, you’ll have to act quickly as the closing date of 16 January 2020 is fast approaching. For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”

 

Taking place on Friday 6th March, the awards will take off in true first-class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

Cheshire businesswomen join North West Family Business Network Awards judging panel.

Two Cheshire businesswomen, Lucy Powers and Jane Montague have been named as judges for the inaugural North West Family Business Network Awards 2020.

They join a panel of business experts from the North West who will be judging the awards which champion and represent family businesses from all sectors and all sizes based in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

 

With more than 25-years’ experience in product retail and constructions services, Lucy has been part of a family business for the past 12 years herself and more recently has joined a virtual board of directors in a Chester based business called Bamboo by HM, which is giving her the opportunity to support other family businesses in the region.

 

Lucy said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to use the skills learned in large corporate blue-chip companies to manage processes that cause SME (small and medium sized enterprise) business owners pain.

 

“All businesses are organised in a specific way and I find it fascinating to work with their owners to create order out of what they may perceive as chaos, identifying and communicating processes to create a common purpose and alleviate the pain of delivering time-pressured services within SMEs and family businesses.”

 

Lucy has achieved significant sales increases through product and service range development, taking ideas from concept to successful reality and beyond and, also likes to find the story behind the numbers to accelerate sales, improve performance and find opportunities to streamline processes.

 

An adept leader of people, Lucy is a champion of leading innovative projects, particularly in the field of research and development and is always on the lookout for new ways to support SMEs and family owned businesses.

 

Lucy added: “I will be looking for how family members define their individual roles and use their shared history to create successful high performing teams in what, for some, has become an uncertain business landscape.”

 

Jane Montague is the Client Services Director for Majestic Publications, a business founded by her mother in 1999. The family business work with charities, such as hospices, producing free of charge charity publications.

 

Over the last 20 years, Jane has help establish the company’s reputation for honesty, integrity and high standards of customer service and quality.

 

Jane has earned her reputation with the charities for her technical knowledge of legislation that helps protect them, and her commitment to champion their cause – leading Jane to lobby the Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator to highlight issues being faced by the Hospice Movement.

 

Her work with the Charity sector has been recognised in 2017 with the North West IOD Family Business Director of the Year Award and in 2019, the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to the Hospice Movement by the National Association of Hospice Fundraisers.

 

Jane is clear about what she will be looking for when judging the North West Family Business Awards 2020. She said: “Family businesses are the backbone of commerce and have a reputation for hard work, going the extra mile and really looking after their customers and clients.

 

“They are also an integral part of the community and I am looking for those companies who have given something back, beyond their normal day to day work, to improve the lot of those around them.”

 

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We are delighted to have Lucy and Jane on the judging panel. Their experience across a wide range of businesses, and both being part of family enterprises makes them the perfect judges for the North West Family Business Awards.

 

“Lucy and Jane join a strong team of judges, who we would like to thank for their commitment to The Family Business Network.”

 

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson added: “Lucy and Jane have the insight and experience that will be invaluable to the judging panel for the awards.

 

“Celebrating the successes of family businesses is important to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.

 

“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who took part in the awards have told us how beneficial the process has been to their brand awareness, and business growth through their achievements being recognised.

 

“In 2020 these awards evolve into our inaugural North West Family Business Awards, which aim to provide an opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.

 

“Businesses can either be nominated or can enter themselves, however you’ll have to act quickly as the closing date of 16 January 2020 is fast approaching.

 

“For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”

 

Taking place on Friday 6th March, the awards will take off in true first class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

Greater Manchester business growth and law specialists join NW Family Business Awards judging panel.

Greater Manchester based business law specialist Christian Mancier and Business Growth Hub Leader Dawn Duggan are joining the judges for the inaugural North West Family Business Awards 2020.

Partner and Commercial law specialist at Gorvins Solicitors, as well as head of the dedicated Family Business team at Gorvins, Christian specialises in leading corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, management buyouts and private equity across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, recruitment, entertainment and leisure.

Christian acts for owner-managed and family owned businesses in the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector providing holistic advice with a particular emphasis on corporate structures for family businesses and succession planning.

Christian works closely with Family Business United, is a non-executive director at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, is the immediate past Chair of the Stockport Economic Alliance and is the past Stockport President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Christian said: “I am delighted to be part of the judging panel for the North West Family Business Awards. Many of my clients are family businesses, my wife is a second-generation family member in a North West based family business and every single family business I come across has a totally unique and fascinating story to tell. As such it’s a privilege and honour to work with and support so many amazing family businesses across the North West of England which has one of the most supportive family business sectors I have come across.”

Dawn is the People, Skills and Talent Leader at GC Business Growth, and is responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of the People, Skills & Talent Programme which include the Executive Development Programme, Workforce Development, Inclusive Growth, Mentoring, Stimulating Employer Demand for Apprenticeships (SEDA) and the National Be the Business Mentoring for Growth Programme.

Over the last 5 years, the programmes have worked with around 1,800 businesses and 2,400 business leaders, including family businesses in the Greater Manchester region.

She has assisted businesses with the creation of around 700 jobs, safeguarding of 300 jobs and supported 1000 businesses to increase their GVA and turnover, circa £33m.

Dawn has been involved in the Be the Business Mentoring for Growth programme since its inception in November 2017 and manages the mentoring relationships of the 176 mentors and mentees which is set to increase to 1000 before the end of March 2020.

Dawn has over 25 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating organisational development incorporating business strategy and skills development for businesses ranging from executive level to apprenticeships in line with national, regional and local policy.

She previously worked at various managerial levels in the private and public sectors designing, delivering and implementing an extensive range of training and development solutions across organisations.

Dawn gained extensive experience as a business advisor working previously for Business Link North West as a Leadership, Management and Innovation Specialist and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as Employment and Skills Manager developing and delivering a wide range of services to private sector high growth clients. She has been with the Business Growth Hub since September 2014.

She has a detailed understanding of the needs of local businesses in Greater Manchester and has developed and delivered a wide range of programmes to enable these businesses to achieve their growth potential.

Dawn has expertise in networking and partnership buy-in to new services and has a comprehensive understanding of business support policies and services.

Dawn said: “I am thrilled to be part of the judging panel of the NW Family Business Awards.  I have worked with and supported numerous family businesses over my career.

“It is so inspiring to see the journey that many go on, facing different challenges in some cases than other SMEs, as they go through generation transformational change.

“I am looking forward to hearing about how family businesses have empowered and grown their business through their people, ensuing inclusive growth is at the core of everything they do”

Founder and Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We are delighted to have Christian and Dawn on the judging panel.

“Christian’s experience working closely with family businesses across the Greater Manchester area, providing legal advice means he brings a great deal of specialist knowledge and insight to the panel.

“Dawns extensive work with the Business Growth Hub and business advisory roles with leading programmes means she brings a deep understanding of business needs in the region.”

Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson added: “Christian and Dawn have the insight and experience that will be invaluable to the judging panel for the awards. Christian has been involved in judging several other prestigious awards previously.

“Celebrating the successes of family businesses is important to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.

“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who took part in the awards have told us how beneficial the process has been to their brand awareness, and business growth through their achievements being recognised.

“In 2020 these awards evolve into our inaugural North West Family Business Awards, which aim to provide an opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.

“Businesses can either be nominated or can enter themselves, however, you’ll have to act quickly as the closing date of 16th January 2020 is fast approaching.

“For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”

Taking place on Friday 6th March, the awards will take off in true first-class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

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