Meet the Team

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

With 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. We saw there was no real recognition within Cumbria for this vital part of our economy and wanted to change that. The Cumbria Family Business Awards is here to celebrate the contribution family businesses make.

As well as being an award-winning business leader herself, Sue is the founder of The Family Business Network for Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire . It is through her work with the county’s family businesses, that the idea of an awards ceremony specifically to celebrate and recognise family business was born. Recognised as the ambassador for family business in Cumbria, Sue provides a range of support for this invaluable sector including The Family Business Conference and the ever popular behind the scenes family business Insight Events.

“I’m astonished by the tenacity and ingenuity of family businesses large and small, working with them is a real joy. Family businesses are the heart and soul of Cumbria and the awards are the perfect way to recognise that.” – Sue Coulson

Janett and Sophia run Flock the PR, Marketing and Events Company. Flock love getting businesses in the news and in newsfeeds, promoting businesses through social media, traditional news avenues, TV and radio as well as designing and organising a range of events both large and small. The Cumbria Family Business Awards is their signature event, showcasing the capabilities of this dynamic duo.

“The Cumbria Family Business Awards are one of our favourite projects, creating something unique and special for family businesses is a real honour. We get to flex our creative muscles to make sure the night is one to remember, seeing the impact #CFBA has on family businesses in Cumbria is the best reward we could wish for.” – Sophia and Janett

With #CFBA2017 trending nationally Flock have set the bar high for 2018 but are already excited about smashing it.