For our members
not for profit

The Forum is a leading small business support group dedicated to helping business owners focus on growth and profitability.


The Forum was established by small business owners in 1977 as a lobbying group to campaign for the fair treatment of small firms.

Over the years, as the business landscape has changed, so too have the needs of our members. To stay relevant, our offering has evolved and is now led by our business support services.

We’re business people too, so know the challenges that companies are facing every day and we’re here with advice and support to help you overcome them. 

The Forum doesn’t operate for profit, but everything we do is about making sure small businesses do. This means that every penny we make goes into supporting businesses to help them grow and thrive.

How we support businesses

How we give businesses a voice


Our people

Chief Executive – Phil Orford MBE

Forum of Private Business Chief Executive Phil Orford MBE started his own business at the age of 21 and has been involved in a number of start-up companies since. This experience made him passionate about supporting the small and medium-sized business sector, which he believes is the backbone of the UK economy.

Since joining the organisation in 2008, Phil has guided the Forum of Private Business and its members through a difficult recession and developed the organisation's status as one of the UK's foremost small business groups, providing business owners with the support, protection and reassurance they need in difficult times. In 2013, Phil was awarded with an MBE for his services to small businesses.
Phil said, "My job is to ensure that our members' voices are heard by those who influence our enterprise culture, and to help entrepreneurs to successfully start and grow businesses, through timely and relevant support and advice."


Membership team

The Forum’s membership team is at the heart of everything we do, entirely focused on delivering an excellent customer service to our member businesses.

The team includes helpline advisers with a wealth of experience helping businesses on issues ranging from legal matters to funding and business growth. The helpline is the first line of support for our members when they have any issue, or just want a second opinion, and it is consistently cited as the number one benefit of Forum membership.

Our business development executives are also on hand to help member businesses get the most out of their membership and can advise on ways to save money in your business.

We proactively contact all members throughout the year to make sure we’re supporting you. Members can contact the membership team directly on 0845 130 1722.


Policy team

Our policy team is based in the heart Westminster and is headed up by Head of Policy Alex Jackman. 
The policy team is responsible for taking members’ views straight to the decision-makers in government and being their voice in the local and national media.

We liaise with politicians and policy makers in London, Holyrood and Cardiff, as well as at a European level. They regularly give evidence at parliamentary select committees as well as providing interviews for broadcast and print media.

To get in touch with the Policy team email . For media enquiries call 01565 626016.

The Forum of Private Business Limited is a company registered in England. Company number: 01329000.

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