Our membership base is made up of independent businesses, from individuals establishing businesses for the first time to established companies with multi-million-pound turnovers and we have members in almost every sector and town across the UK.
Meet some of our members
Tristam Mayhew, Go Ape
Treetop adventure company Go Ape is a fast-growing business that is quickly becoming a household name. They have been a member of the Forum since 2003 and are a past participant in the Your Business Your Future leadership programme.
Linda Cook, 121 Direct Mail
Reports of the death of direct mail have been greatly exaggerated. Despite tough economic conditions and competition from electronic media, award-winning Forum member 121 Direct Mail is enjoying healthy growth.
Dominic Walsh, Lawrence Walsh
London-based Forum member Lawrence Walsh specialises in bespoke furniture. Quality products, attention to detail and a high level of customer service have helped the family firm survive difficult times. Find out how the Forum has helped them manage their HR and meet their local MP, Vince Cable.
Dave Wallwork, Feel Good Drinks
Feel Good Drinks are a well-known producer of soft drinks which are sold around the world, yet they are still a small business at heart. The Forum helped them to develop an employee satisfaction survey to get an insight into what staff thought about their jobs.
Focused Nutrition Ltd
Forum member Focused Nutrition Ltd spotted a gap in the food market for healthy-eating flapjacks and have gone on to become an award-winning specialist food manufacturer, with products stocked by supermarkets, high street stores and national vending companies.
Rudy Porter, Slick Willes
Rudy Porter, founder of skate retailer Slick Willies, is a typically dynamic entrepreneur. From an unpromising start in life, Rudy Porter has overcome numerous obstacles to establish his company, Slick Willies, as one of the UK's leading skate retailers.
Steve Penk, 96.2 The Revolution
The Revolution, a local commercial radio station in the North West, is using all the creative energy of its owner and fun-loving frontman to pull through tough times. Behind the microphone, Steve Penk is famous for his on-air pranks, but wearing his business hat he is soberly aware of the tough economic climate in which 96.2 The Revolution is trying to survive and grow.
Carol Hack, Capernwray Diving and Leisure
When entrepreneur Carol Hack first glimpsed a disused quarry, she saw a business opportunity where many would have dismissed it as a hole in the ground. Eleven years later, the site in Carnforth, Lancashire has been transformed into a large open air pool enjoyed by around 30,000 scuba divers each year.
Charles Edwards, Charles Edwards Antiques
Charles Edwards developed a passion for antiques while at university, starting his own dealership in 1965. Sixteen years ago, he seized the opportunity to move into the reproduction lighting market and When he expanded his business, which is based on the King's Road, London, Mr Edwards decided to join the Forum.
Andy Ince, Harrison Ince
Epiphanies, by their very nature, come when you least expect them. Andy Ince's came whilst he was waiting in the queue to have his photograph taken as a new student on the architectural course at Manchester University. More than 20 years later, Paul Harrison, the person he stood next to in the queue that day, simply by virtue of their surnames, is his business partner and co-founder of their award-winning business, Harrison Ince architects.