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Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Sue, Sophia Janett

The Cumbria Family Business Awards are the result of a collaboration between Cumbrian entrepreneurs Sue Howorth of The Family Business Network Ltd and Janett Walker and Sophia Newton of Flock. All equally supportive of family businesses and the communities they live in.

With over 85% of Cumbrian businesses being family run, it heartens us to know our economy is in the hands of people who deeply care about their business and the wider community. Until #CFBA2017 there was no real recognition within Cumbria for this vital part of our economy. Thankfully that has all changed and the nationally trending Cumbria Family Business Awards has cemented itself as a true celebration of the contribution made to Cumbria by family businesses large and small, old and new. #WeAreCumbria

Sue Howorth

Sue Howorth is an award-winning businesswoman, a trusted family business ambassador, NXD for Enterprise Answers, Board Trustee for the Cumbria Community Foundation and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Family Business management. Seen as a gamechanger and visionary for both global business, and family business support in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and surrounding regions. Sue is the founder of The Family Business Network Ltd, Sue Howorth Ltd & Co-founder of The Family Business Awards for Cumbria & Lancashire.

She has a wealth of experience supporting a variety of businesses across a range of sectors and is recognised for her business acumen, signposting, mentoring and both event host and facilitator.

Janett Walker & Sophia Newton

This dynamic duo are the PR and social media force behind many of Cumbria’s best loved businesses. Recognised for their energy, positivity and creativity their determination has helped make fantastic events such as this come to life.

Bastions for the power of positive thinking, their infectious enthusiasm consistently turns ideas into reality, that reality is always a happy place!


The FLOCK is led by Janett and Sophia; PR, events and social media gurus for those looking to make some serious noise.

With flagship events such as the nationally trending Cumbria Family Business Awards under their belt, FLOCK have helped establish businesses new and old as household names in Cumbria and beyond.

Family Business Network

The network is the pivot point for family businesses looking for a safe environment to learn from each other, find relevant news and events and access additional support when needed.

Starting life in Cumbria, The Family Business Network has now evolved to include Lancashire, Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to all our sponsors for the Cumbria Family Business Awards 2019