About Us

The North West Family Business Awards are here to champion family businesses across the North West, recognising their achievements and celebrating their successes in style!

The North West Family Business Awards are organised and run by The Family Business Network, and provide a fantastic opportunity for family businesses to share and celebrate their success stories. Open to family businesses of all shapes and sizes, over 10 categories are available to apply for, with finalists invited to a sparkling Awards ceremony filled with fun and festivities.

The inaugural North West Family Business Awards took off in first class style, beneath the wings of the Concorde at Manchester Airport. Our next Awards are set to be even bigger and better, as we introduce new categories and celebrate family businesses from across the North West!

Things may be a little different at the moment, with covid-19 restrictions in place and the nation working together to weather the pandemic. It has been an incredibly challenging time, and we are fully intending to celebrate the North West’s family businesses once again, as soon as we are safely able to do so.

How we do this is still in the planning, however one thing is for sure: we are committed to hosting a live Awards ceremony, rather than one online, as we feel that it is both the unique and wonderful family businesses we celebrate, and the vibrant atmosphere of the event, which make NWFBA what it is. 

With this in mind, we are holding off setting a definite date until things are a little clearer, all the while keeping the health and safety of our attendees and our team at the front of our minds. However, #NWFBA will be going ahead once more, at a date TBC – and we want you to enter!

If you are a family business from Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester of Merseyside then the North West Family Business Awards are for you. We look to celebrate family businesses of all shapes and sizes, from across all sectors and industries.

We aim to offer something a little different, and are sure those who attended our 2020 event would agree that we are not a run of the mill awards, instead focusing on creating a warm, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in which to celebrate and dance the night away.

We are thrilled to announce that our 2020 Awards host Nigel Barden will return to host the next North West Family Business Awards. A food and drink broadcaster, Nigel Barden is also a North West native, having grown up on a farm in Lancashire. He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, British Cookery School Awards, Deliciously Yorkshire and host of the National Fish & Chip Awards.


Sue Howorth

Dave Clarkson

Nigel Barden

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