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Small firms can now get free access to over 1,100 business lounges around the world through membership of a not-for-profit lobby and support group.

The Forum of Private Business is providing all its paying members with complimentary Regus businessworld gold cards, which will give them free internet access, refreshments and professional administrative support.

The move means business owners who join the Forum will be able to pick up emails, catch up with calls and print reports at 140 Regus centres in the UK and 1,000 across the rest of the globe. Regus businessworld gold membership, which normally costs at least £15 per month just for access to centres in the UK, also gives Forum members a 10% discount on a range of other Regus services, including meeting rooms, videoconferencing facilities and day offices.

Commenting on the new initiative, the Forum's Finance and Administration Director, Nick Palin, said: "Our partnership with Regus will give our members free access to convenient office facilities wherever they are in the world.

"The feedback we get from many small business owners is that when they're on the move, they are often in need of somewhere where they can catch up on their emails and deal with any pressing business with a cup of coffee in a quiet and professional environment. By joining the Forum, business owners will now automatically be able to do this and take advantage of a whole host of other benefits and services."

The Regus businessworld gold membership was recently introduced by the Forum as part of its new ‘Purchasing Director' business solution – a collection of products and services designed to save SMEs money on day-to-day business costs.

Another recently-added benefit automatically available to Forum members through the Purchasing Director solution is a discounted company car buying scheme which has been made possible thanks to a partnership with the Fleet Department.

The Fleet Department is the UK's only specialist SME vehicle cooperative and its expert staff can work on behalf of Forum members to get them the best possible deals on vehicle purchases and hire agreements, using the Fleet Department's collective buying power and knowledge of the motor industry to get small firms big discounts on cars and vans.

The addition of the service also means Forum members can get free access to the Fleet Department's dedicated automotive helpline and vehicle administration services, along with discounted rates on a range of other vehicle-related services, such as MoT bookings and driver checks. 

Other pre-existing benefits available to Forum members through the Purchasing Director solution include:

· Access to fuel cards to gain discounts on petrol and diesel costs;
· Exclusive cut-price deals on business broadband, telecoms services, utilities and card processing;
· Complimentary membership of the Buying Support Agency – a consortium offering big business-style purchasing power on essentials such as office supplies, workwear and franking services.

As an invaluable extension to its members' teams, the Forum recently developed a range of eight tailored business solutions to support, protect and reassure small firms throughout the lifecycle of their businesses.

The eight business solutions are: ‘Finance Director', ‘Legal Director', ‘HR Director', ‘Health and Safety Director', ‘Development Director', ‘Purchasing Director', ‘Communications Director' and ‘Managing Director'.

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