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

You may just be embarking on your brand-new venture and probably have more questions than answers as you try to turn your ideas into a business. We understand the early challenges a start-up business faces, so we offer an additional 25% discount* on membership if you are in your first 3 years of trading.

Our business helpline team are available to guide you through the challenges you potentially could face, signposting you to resources and advice. We have an extensive start-up guide, along with a vast amount of business guides and templates that provide information on writing a business plan, making tax digital, late payment, employment essentials plus much more.

Start-up members of the Forum are more likely to succeed within those first few tricky years than non-members. Plus as your business grows, your membership with the Forum will grow with you and we will continue to provide support and proactive advice.

Purely and simply, we guide you down the right path and become your go-to for all advice, support and information you need to succeed!

*A Forum Start-up membership subscription is limited to start-up businesses only. You must be in your first six months of trading and discounted pricing will be applicable for three years. You will enjoy a membership that is tailored to your business needs and we will provide support when you need it through our legal partner.  You will have immediate access to our Forum partner network, customisable employment and health and safety templates, business resources, and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only.  All of this will be available through your membership portal on the Forum website, login details you will be issued once you become a member.

Your membership will continue at the exclusive discounted price for a further 2 years subject to you not employing staff (temporary, full or part-time). At the end of your first 3 years of trading, the membership price will be charged at our standard Forum membership prices as an established business.

IMPORTANT: Should you employ staff, part-time, full-time, or temporary you will need to tell us during your membership and we will amend your subscription accordingly so that your staff will be insured under the membership terms and conditions.

Our membership advisors are available to support you as a start-up business to guide you through the challenges you potentially could face.  We work closely with many business industries and pride ourselves on ensuring we understand the challenges our members face on a day to day basis.

Included in your membership:

  • FREE Forum Digital Start-up Guide worth £150
  • FREE access to our partner network resources
  • FREE access to download resources and mini-guides to help with setting up your business
  • Discounted company registration services
  • Dedicated business and legal helpline
  • Regular updates of business news and regulation changes
  • Private member area within our website

Call our helpdesk team today on 01565 626001 or email to discuss your membership.

Note: The Forum Employment Guide and Health and Safety Guide are 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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* Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout. Forum Start-up Membership discount 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.  Forum Guides are 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.  To join us or if you have any further queries please contact our membership advisors on  01565 626001 or email. Full T&C's apply which can be found here.
** Annual membership covers all directors/principles; there are no hidden costs or fees.
*** Please contact the general member helpline on 01565 626001 if you need any help particularly on employment or health and safety issues and before taking any action to ensure your business is controlling its risks, remaining compliant, and avoiding issues that may cost you time and money in the future, we are here to help.

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