The Forum prides itself on providing what we feel is the best partnership package for our members. We select our partners based on their services to the member and often we use them ourselves.
We don’t take commissions from our partners, we ask that they turn any commissions offered into increased discounts and improved services for our members, in the same way as we turn any profits we make into better products and services for you the members.
It’s like it says on the tin, we are for our members not for profit, unlike some member organisations who push member products and services that offer them the biggest commissions, rather than offering the best products and services tailored to individual member needs.
Here at the Forum, we have a long-term relationship with Matt Roper and Buying Support Agency. No matter how good our members are at negotiating they will always be limited by their size. BSA bring the expertise of a large buying agency, having a range of useful contacts and the ability to achieve significant savings for our members across a wide range of services and products.
We recommend to our members and non member to discussing with Matt and his team, not only as they waive their joining fee for Forum members, but as they will be able to help you and your business make significant savings, which at a time of Brexit, greater economic uncertainty and rising costs has to be a valuable member service.
123 Send not only give you the latest technology at a great price to cover your card processing needs but they will help you find the best tariff for you prior to each contract renewal.
The idea that one size fits all in terms of card services is like saying all businesses are the same.
At the Forum of Private Business, we realise this difference and in terms of card processing, we want each of our members to be getting the best equipment and tariff tailored to their individual needs.
Linking businesses with Journalists and the media. Small and micro businesses frequently have great stories to tell to promote their business but lack the PR expertise or budget to maximise on these opportunities through the usual Promotional routes.
This is where Journolink can make a real difference. You can choose the package to suit your business and work with an interactive platform enabling you to manage your own businesses PR.
Journolink handles all of the Forum’s PR needs.
The acceptcards team is made up of banking and finance professionals, with an unrivalled knowledge in all areas of card acceptance (retail, mail order to website payments), which means we can very quickly understand your business and match the solution to your requirements.
Founded by industry experts in 2005, acceptcards was established to provide all UK businesses with access to the best terms and solutions from the merchant services providers.
Being an independent and privately owned business they are not tied to any provider, enabling them to be truly objective in the solutions they recommend and arrange for you. acceptcards are widely recognised across the payments industry in providing honest advice and recommendations around what is best for each business.
A simple health cash plan that works for all small business, which is particularly suited to smaller organisations with fewer employees or where large fees are an issue.
A new modern approach utilising modern technology, a very clever app, a case nurse and a mixture of NHS and private healthcare, this new approach to employee healthcare offers member companies increased levels of cover and service whilst controlling costs.
A traditional private healthcare provision, provided by a partner company who specialise in providing healthcare for members of organisations like the Forum.
We have teamed up with Alternative Business Funding to provide our own member finance provider portal – Forum Funder Finder – that will assist our members in finding the right kind of finance to support and help them grow their business. The Forums finance portal is there to help.
We have partnered with Metro bank, who in our opinion is a forward-thinking, service orientated bank on the high street at the moment.
They maintain a high street presence in major towns and cities and are still growing with the aim of providing full UK coverage. They have a strong commitment to the small business community, are committed to creating “Fans” not just customers and we are very proud to be working with them.
For those members who want a more personal service when seeking and utilising finance, we have been working with Charterhouse, who is far more than a finance provider.
They act as consultants to the business, helping you to find the right finance for the right purpose and how to spend it in the right way.
The Forum has an increasing number of members facing debt recovery issues. After much consideration and research, we work and recommend the Sheriff’s Office to offer the best solution for our members to help recover debts on a simple fixed fee basis
Morfitt & Turnbull (Management Services) Limited are financial adviser that is not tied to any one insurance company or investment house and represent over 100 different institutions. The company deals with investments, pensions and life assurance. Any enquiry will be dealt with by a competent and qualified person.
We realised that at the later staging dates Forum members who hadn’t proactively organised their auto-enrolment pension provision needed a quick and efficient service, we believe that Smart Pension provide this.
The team at the Forum were impressed with their professional platform tailored for small business, along with their ability to take on some of the communication burden from employers making the whole process as quick and easy as possible.
Health and Safety
The Forum works closely with MD Safety Management to keep our members up to speed with their regulatory responsibilities in terms of Health and Safety.
Martin helps us write our annual health and safety guide ensuring that all aspects of Health and safety are kept up to date whilst providing for more tailored hands-on work for our members if required at a competitive price.
Our legal partners not only provide the legal back up to our internal helpline team and support the Forum member insurance as part of our membership package. They are also able to provide a fee based expert legal advice service to members on a variety of legal issues not covered within the Forum membership, at a price only available to Forum members.
Our insurance partners make sure we are offering the best insurance protection for our members as well as providing additional insurance products and services to members at a discounted price. As well as activating your membership insurance that is part of your membership package, they can advise on areas of risk for you and your business, advise on additional cover and offer a free no obligation insurance review service, to make sure you have the right cover for your business at the right price, (Forum discount applies to all policies).