At the Forum, we know how important it is to support new business start-ups in the early years of their operation as over 90% fail in the first 3 years of trading.

It is critical to have the right advice, support, and protection in place and that means more than just the average one size fits all business advice that is currently out there.

Most business owners find that, after a few months trading, they come up against the things they didn’t know and need help to overcome them.

We celebrate 40 years in business in 2017, so we certainly do have the expertise and experience in helping small business owners face all different types of challenges.  From health and safety to find the best source of finance for a business banking account or utility saving, whatever the business challenge, we are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via our Forum Member Helpline. They can be contacted on 01565 626001.

We offer each of our start-up members advice tailored to your business needs when you need it. We provide this support through our legal partner, Rradar, and our Forum partner network. We work in partnership with companies ensuring they understand the challenges our members face on a day to day basis and they are available to support you through the challenges you could potentially face in your first three difficult years of trading.


Forum Start-up membership is available to all new start-up businesses for a period of 3 years for the exclusive price of £99 per annum*. At the end of that period, the price returns to standard Forum membership prices. If you employ staff, part-time or full-time or temporary you will need to tell us and we will amend your subscription accordingly.

To obtain this membership please ensure you quote discount code STARTUP

Included in your membership:

  • FREE Forum Digital Start-up Guide worth £150
  • FREE Forum Digital Compliance Guide worth £150
  • FREE advice tailored to your business needs from our legal partner and Forum approved partners
  • FREE access to download resources and mini-guides to help with setting up your business
  • Discounted company registration services
  • Unlimited 24/7 members helpline with practical Advice, Support and Protection
  • Use of the member's area within the Forum website
  • Comprehensive legal expense insurance worth approximately £175***
Note: Forum Guides can be an additional charge subject to Forum Membership subscription. For any queries please contact our membership advisors on  01565 626001 or email

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* Forum Start-up Membership of £99 per annum is limited to a start-up business in their initial first 3 years of trading. Forum membership price will become applicable at the end of the 3rd year or if you employ an employee, whichever comes first. Forum membership is available for established businesses. Full T&C's apply which can be found here
** Annual membership covers all directors/principles; there are no hidden costs or fees
*** you must contact the member helpline before acting in any situation which might result in a tribunal to ensure your business is covered by our legal expenses insurance

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