Family businesses across the region prepare for big awards night

The Family Business Network directors, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson

Tickets for the North West Family Business Awards are being released in preparation for the glitzy event on Friday, March 6, 2020.

The inaugural bash will take off in first class style, in the Concorde Hangar at the Runway Visitor Park – home of the iconic British Airways Concorde at Manchester Airport.

The host for the evening is food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, who grew up on his family farm in Lancashire.

Nigel said: “These awards are a great way of family businesses right across the region showcasing their fantastic talents.

“Family businesses are a fantastic community, where there is a willingness to share success, and learn from each other’s achievements.”

The evening celebrations will include a three-course meal served beneath the wings of the iconic G-BOAC British Airways Concorde, award presentations and entertainment.

Nominations and entries have been flooding in for the first awards in the region which celebrate family owned businesses of all sizes. And there’s still time to get involved.

Businesses have until midnight on January 16, 2020, to enter the awards before the judging process begins ahead of the ceremony on March 6.

Dave Clarkson, Co-Director of the Family Business Network, said: “The awards, along with the wider Family Business Network, unites the family business community across the North West, gives them a voice, a sense of belonging, and a safe and trusted environment where they can be confident in sharing with, and learning from, each other.”

The awards are open to family businesses from Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester, with judges from each county on the main panel.

There are 12 categories available for businesses to enter including: food and drink establishments, manufacturing and engineering, retailers and wholesalers, property and construction, leisure and tourism, food and drink producers, transport and logistics, science and technology, business and community services, non-family leader, employee of the year and the people’s choice awards

To enter or nominate a family business for the awards, visit:

For more information about the Family Business Network visit:

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