Save Time

As a busy business owner, you can save time by using our business helplines and online resources to find quick solutions to the issues you and your business face. Our in-house team are here to help which saves you time to do what you do best, to grow and develop your business!

Save Money

As a forum member, you don’t have to spend money on experts and consultants, because as a Forum member you have free access to information, tools, and templates, all backed up by our in-house business advisers. We also have a selected partner network that provides free and discounted services to Forum members.

Reduce your Risks

By not being compliant with the ever-changing rules and regulations, business owners can find themselves facing thousands of pounds in costs as well as hours of worry and distress. With over 40 years of experience, the Forum helps you to avoid the pitfalls to stay compliant. We are the perfect partner for any small business.

Benefits of Forum membership

Access to a Business and Legal Helpline with full legal privilege, available to call or email, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Templates and Articles Access over 400 articles and templates on rradarstation – an online library packes with practical, relevant, jargon-free knowledge and advice. It helps you easily answer any queries you may have and educate yourself on specific risks posed to your business and sector before they become a problem.


Full access to rradargrace – an intelligent legal assistant for business, available online or as a mobile app, to access hundreds of articles, templates and guides.

A monthly member newsletter and alerts with content from legal experts across employment, health and safety, intellectual property, and more.

Access to the business webinar programme, led by legal and subject matter experts. They are unique opportunities to hear directly from the best in the business and ask questions about topical issues that are affecting businesses.

10% discount on legal services’ commercial rates across all specialist areas for training, consultancy and legal representation/advice.

Advocacy for Business Rights A direct communications channel for business’ voices to be represented in national, regional and local government forums.

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.

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 50-250 employees

£540 +VAT per annum

Large business 250+ employees

Price on application

Become a member today and join here

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.

The Forum, who we are and what we do

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 0-50 employees. We help you to manage your employees, save time and money and provide essential business support when you need it.

But all businesses are different, so each business needs a tailored approach based on the type of business you run and the risks you face. That is why we try to get to know you and your business so we can advise you accordingly and make ‘doing business’ easier, keeping you up to date through the ever-evolving maze of legislation and red tape issues, reducing your risks and giving you confidence and peace of mind.

Our priority is that you should not run into difficulties in the first place, meaning you do not have the financial cost as well as the cost of time, stress and worry involved in dealing with an issue.

In 2020 the Forum decided to provide more proactive, preventative tools and services for our member businesses, and we deliver these in a practical way that is easy for you to implement. By doing things more proactively, we can make sure you are compliant, reduce your risks and give you more time to be able to focus on your business.

We have implemented a risk dashboard that will enable us to provide advice tailored to your business, so we can work proactively to make sure you are compliant and reduce the risk of any negative issues.

You have access to both our general and legal business helplines and a 24-hr crisis line if the worst does happen. During office hours you can talk to a friendly advisor who can help you find answers and solutions to your business questions.

This support service gives our members peace of mind which is important when you are running a business. Business owners do not have the time to know everything which is why Forum members have a big advantage over other businesses.

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 partner network that will be able to share their knowledge and services at a discounted rate.

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.