Forum membership

As a small business owner, you will spend a lot of your time trying to juggle multiple jobs; sales, finance, marketing, health & safety, HR and compliance issues being just a few. Unlike larger businesses, you do not have the resources to deal with all of these parts of the business efficiently and you end up being ‘Jack of all trades’, taking it all on yourself. This can lead to stress, a lack of focus and inefficacy within the business.

The time, stress and worry involved in dealing with issues and mistakes is a cost to your business. As a Forum member, we will help you to identify your risks and stop you from getting into trouble in the first place. This will save you time and money and give you peace of mind, allowing you to focus on what you do best, running and building your business.

Benefits of Forum membership

Use of the Forums general business helpline to help with any issues no matter how small, solving your business problem is just a phone call away.

Forum guides covering employment, health and safety, tax, GDPR and all compliance issues a business face, providing help and guidance that any small business owner can use.

Easy to use tools, templates, and procedures to save you time and money.

If you have an issue that requires legal support, membership includes a legal advice line provided by our legal partner.

Regular business updates through our email newsletter.

Regular online training addressing key small business issues for you and your staff, keeping you and your business up to date with new ideas, processes, and standards.

We are a not-for-profit organisation which means we invest any money we make back in to the business to provide better support, products and services for our members.

Access to the Forums carefully selected partner companies, experts who can help you in several specialist areas.

Our business advice and support will save you time and money, allowing you to concentrate on running your business.

Advocacy – we represent our members with the Government and regulators who create the rules and regulations which businesses must comply with.  We make sure your voice is heard. 

We believe businesses that seek advice are more likely to succeed and become successful. With Forum Membership, your business will have access to a team of experienced advisors and a network if partners that will be able to share their knowledge in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in business. You will also have access to a toolbox of resources including comprehensive business guides and templates for you to edit and use within your business.

Members with 5 or more employees will receive a FREE hard copy of our Health and Safety guide worth £150. Produced by our health and safety expert and approved by the HSE. This is a vital resource to help you manage your legal health and safety duties efficiently and cost-effectively. It also includes a range of customisable templates for you to adapt and use in your business.

Our carefully selected partners offer help in several specialist areas, as we are not-for-profit, we do not take any commission which enables the partners to offer Forum members significant discounts.

Our partner network


Finance: Access to funding, improving cash flow, advice on credit and debt plus a free financial health check.


Insurance: Free review of your existing cover and a tailored discounted insurance solution.


Legal Services: Employment, Tax and HR advice as well as the free helpline and discounted specific legal services.


Purchasing: Our purchasing partner provides buying power and purchasing know-how. Offering large savings for any small business.


Health Care: My Health PA is a ground-breaking new service working with both the NHS and Private Healthcare providers to deliver Forum members a cost-effective alternative to Private Medical Insurance.


Marketing: Access to marketing services built around your business with a Forum discount, business planning, continuity, and succession planning.


Press and PR: A PR management service that gives you the platform to get your brand name in front of the people writing articles, commenting and interviewing.


Health and Safety: Supported by our Health and Safety guide, our H&S partner provide trusted, practical Health and Safety support services to small to medium-sized companies in the UK.


Payment Services: Merchant services, discounted terminals, tailored contracts and online payment solutions.


Technology and IT: Technology advice and services at discounted rates


Pensions: Up to date pension advice.

Whatever the business dilemma the Forum can help. All issues must be discussed with our advisors before you take any action to ensure your business is covered for the issue in question.  For any queries, please contact our membership advisors on 01565 626001 or email

Membership from as little as £120*

Sole trader 0 employees

£120 +VAT per annum

Micro business 1-4 employees

£180 +VAT per annum

Small business 5-49 employees

£360 +VAT per annum

Medium business 50+ employees

£540 +VAT per annum

Large business 250+ employees

Price on application

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Forum Sole Trader Membership of £120* per annum is for sole trader businesses only with zero employees. If your business then employs staff you will need to advise the Forum of Private Business immediately and your membership subscription will be amended.

Annual membership covers all directors/principles; there are no hidden costs or fees.

Forum Guides are available at an additional charge subject to Forum Membership subscription criteria. In order to download templates, you will need to be a member of the Forum of Private Business.

If you have any further queries please contact our membership advisors on 01565 626001 or Full T&C’s apply which can be found here.

* Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout.