Complete protection
and support for your business

Whether you're a sole trader, partnership or a limited company, you can count on the Forum as a trusted partner to support and protect your business, helping you to grow. Join now from only £175 plus VAT per year.

Join us today
from only £175

Whether you're a sole trader, partnership or employer, we have a membership to protect and support your business. All directors and partners are covered - no hidden costs!

Benefits include

  • Protection and support
    Legal protection insurance up to £50k per section of cover, including contract cover, employment disputes, health & safety prosecutions, tax protection and more.
  • Business advice helpline
    Unlimited 24/7 in-house helpline offering practical, no-nonsense advice on employment (employer members only), health & safety, legal issues, and tax
  • Legal templates
    Dozens of free templates to help you manage employment law, health & safety and credit control in your business
  • Essential business savings
    We save you time and money by finding you the best deals on business utilities, telecoms, merchant services, fuel and other everyday purchases.
  • Need to know business resources
    Access a library of premium online business resources including downloadable guides on employment, marketing, health & safety and credit control, plus an online cyber risk tool.
  • Access to finance
    Support to find and apply for the right type of finance for your business from a range of options, plus resources to help you manage your money more efficiently
  • Specialist employment support
    As well as supporting you with the legal side of employment, we can also help you with cost effective recruitment solutions and employee benefit schemes.
  • A voice where it counts
    Get your voice heard in regular member surveys. Our policy team represent your views to decision-makers at the highest level and we have regular media opportunities.

Choose your membership based on number of employees.
Price per year*

  • 0 £175
  • 1-4 £225
  • 5-10 £275
  • 11-20 £325
  • 21-30 £375
  • 31-40 £410
  • 41-50 £450
  • 51-100 £550
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Need more support? For growing businesses that need extra help in dealing with employment, tax and health & safety issues, call us on 01565 626 001 to find out how we can help your business.

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* All prices exclusive of VAT @ 20% which is added at checkout.
Price based on number of employees.

Why join the Forum?

Four great reasons why Forum membership is the best decision you can make for your business.

  • Protection and support
  • Essential savings
  • Grow your business
  • Your voice

Expert business advice
and legal protection

Key benefits

Unlimited 24/7 helpline for employment*, health & safety and tax
Legal expenses insurance up to £50k per section of cover
Directors and Officers insurance included to protect personal assets
Customisable HR templates
Savings on commercial and personal insurances
Free pensions auto-enrolment report worth £500
3 months’ free access to cyber risk management tool
Discounted company registration services

All businesses have legal responsibilities they have to comply with, and falling foul of them can be costly. £10,127 is an average compensation awarded for unfair dismissal, health & safety and tax investigations, which affects all businesses.

With Forum membership, your business is protected. You have access to practical, jargon-free and expert business advice 24/7 to help keep you on the right side of the law. And, if the worst does happen, comprehensive legal expenses insurance included in membership can cover the cost of defending claims in key areas such as employment disputes, health and safety and tax investigations.

Whatever your problem, we’re here to help, and as long as you’ve followed advice from our helpline on an employment dispute, your business is covered.

Plus, membership covers your whole organisation – not just one director!

* Advice on employment disputes only available in membership with 1+ employee

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Save time and money
on essential purchases

Key benefits

Regularly review your business costs
Free buying group membership worth £495 – plus save up to 35%
Reduce utility costs by as much as 70%
Card processing – ultra low card process rates from 1.2% & 13p
Best price promise on telecoms - free purchasing audit
Manage business fleet fuel spend - significant savings
Toyota and Lexus fleet services for business - exclusive discounts

As a business owner you know that time is money, and the more you can save on either the better. Give your business the competitive edge by staying on top of your costs with the Forum.

We don’t just offer a list of savings but act as a trusted partner that can help you to find the best deals in the market for essential business purchases including utilities, telecoms, card processing and fuel. We review your costs and do the hard work for you, so you can focus more of your time on growing your business.

Plus, get exclusive discounts on affordable employee benefit schemes and other services including insurance.

Most members save more than they pay for membership each year!

* New customers only

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Grow your business
with the right advice and resources

Key benefits

Marketing advice, guides and templates
Business helpline for all your queries
Help to find business funding
Employee benefit schemes

Business owners who seek advice are the ones statistically more likely to succeed. As a member of the Forum, we're on hand to provide practical help and advice when you need it.

You'll get the tools and expertise you need to take your business forward. We’ll help you to access finance and reduce costs to increase your profitability, free up your time to focus on growth, and give you guidance on marketing your business effectively.

We can also help you to grow your business from within by helping you provide cost-effective employee benefits to improve staff retention and productivity.

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For our members
Not for profit

Key benefits

Have your say in surveys and panels
Your views represented to decision makers
Media opportunities

Have you got a burning issue you want to have your say on? You can as a member of the Forum!

With a 40 year history as the democratic voice for small businesses, we regularly ask for members views. Every quarter we'll send you a copy of our Referendum survey, so you can have your say on the issues that matter to you. There are also opportunities to get involved in panels throughout the year.

We use the results of these to lobby MPs on your behalf and affect real change. We also have opportunities for you to take your views directly to the people who can make a difference. We’ve helped thousands of businesses like yours to get their opinions heard by policy-makers, big businesses and banks, and we regularly get members’ stories into the media.

Find out about our latest campaigns here.

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Why do some of the UK’s 
top small businesses
recommend us?

Don’t just take our word for why you should join. Here are some of our members already benefiting from our advice and support.

What our members think

  • The Forum has particularly helped out with employee relations issues, so that we know how and when to follow correct procedures... In the absence of a dedicated HR manager, this advice has been invaluable.

    Dominic Walsh, Lawrence Walsh
  • If I’d had to pay for lawyers it would have cost me thousands – believe me I know, I’ve been there and heard the meter ticking. The Forum has taken a massive pressure off the business – it’s like having a big brother looking out for you.

    Rudy Porter, Slick Willies
  • The Forum’s legal advice line gave us invaluable help with a member of staff. We thought our procedures were sufficient and our understanding of the current regulations were up to date, but it turns out they would have counted for nothing at a trib...

    Tracy Hoather, Sameday PLC
  • It has become so complicated to run a small business now that you need to have the backup facilities of a large company. I have my business to run, I don't have time to become an accountant, a PAYE expert and a fire officer! It’s a comfort to know ...

    Carol Hack, Capernwray Diving School
  • As business owners we never seem to have enough time to monitor the legislation and red tape that is going to affect us. The Forum keeps us informed and stands up for us when it recognises something is not right. Why every privately-owned business is...

    Linda Cook, 121 Direct Mail Ltd
  • We knew nothing about employment or health and safety law, yet by using the easy-to-follow guides we ensured that we were complying with all the relevant legislation. For instance, all employees need a contract of employment, yet, without the Forum's...

    Andy Ince, Harrison Ince
  • Any questions we have regarding legislation, the advice received has always given us a clear concise perspective on next steps. It's been great to know that there is someone at the end of the phone, with an unbiased view, who we can contact if we nee...

    Dave Wallwork, Feel Good Drinks
  • The Forum’s member helpline has always given the right information and guidance at the right time. They don’t complicate matters – the Employment Guide is straightforward and anyone can understand it. There is no reason why every small and medi...

    Mark Ashton, Ashton Marketing Services

Frequently asked questions

  • Membership

    What business issues can you help me with?

    Our experienced business advisers are able to help members with any business issues relating to finance, HR, legal, health and safety, purchasing, business development and management. Whatever questions you've got, we're here to help.

    Who can join?

    We are currently only able to help businesses in the United Kingdom. To join you must be the owner of a privately-owned small or medium-sized business or start-up with a registered business address in the UK.

    How long does membership last for?

    Memberships are sold on an annual subscription basis lasting 12 months.

    Can I upgrade my membership?

    If you'd like added support and enhanced insurance, plus business law guides, you can choose add the Employer Xtra package to your annual subscription. You can upgrade at any time by calling us on 0845 130 1722.

    Membership isn't suitable for my business, but I support your lobbying. What can I do to help?

    There is still a lot that you can do to help us with our lobbying and campaigning activities. Get in touch with us by calling 0845 130 1722.

  • Payment methods

    How can I pay for membership?

    You can choose to pay online for your membership by debit or credit card payment, or recurring annual Direct Debit. For other payment options call us on 0845 130 1722 to discuss with an adviser.

  • Renewals

    Will you renew my membership automatically?

    You agree to pay an annual fee (annual subscription) to the Forum of Private Business Ltd, the sum of which is set by the Forum of Private Business Ltd from time to time.

    Payment of the annual subscription is due in full at the start of your membership and nannually thereafter. Annual subscriptions are payable in full at the commencement and at each renewal date.

    Membership of the Forum of Private Business Ltd is for a minimum of 12 months and shall renew annually unless terminated in accordance with Clause 4.  See our full Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations

    Can I cancel my membership?

    Should you wish to cancel your membership, you are required to do so in writing. Unless such notice of intention is given, subscriptions are payable in full annually.

    The Forum of Private Business Ltd will be entitled to cancel your membership if:

    • Any fee including but not limited to the annual subscription fee remains unpaid for a period of one month from the date that payment is due;
    • You (in the opinion of the Forum of Private Business Ltd behave inappropriately towards other members or towards the Forum of Private Business Ltd;
    • You (in the opinion of the Forum of Private Business Ltd) bring the Forum of Private Business Ltd into disrepute;
    • You breach these terms and conditions. See our full terms and conditions