The Forum of Private Business becomes '40 years in business’ in September 2017 and in that time we have been supporting our members and constantly re-investing our profits into improving the products and services that we can offer as a national UK business membership organisation. 

By becoming a member of the Forum you will join a business organisation that is helping to provide business owner’s support, advice and protection to face all different types of business challenges. Since the Forum was established in 1977 business landscapes have changed dramatically but whatever the business challenge we are here to help 24/7.

To mark the milestone of '40 years in business' we have added to our collection of Forum guides.  The Compliance Guide is now the Forums newest guide and also becomes inclusive with the Forum Membership and Forum Start-Up membership.  The guide has been researched and has been put together with the help of our legal partners and ACRA - The Association of Company Registration Agents.  We believe the guide to be very comprehensive and a jargon-free easy read.  We have referenced areas for further reading/research along with an introduction to where you may need to be to be compliant with your business.

The guide is available in digital format only and will only be available to members. Thinking of joining the Forum? Find out how you can join us 

The Forum believes it is vital to have the right support, advice and protection in place and that means to be more than just the average one size fits all businesses advice that is currently available. Most business owners find that after a few months of trading, they come up again things they didn’t know and need help to overcome them, but where do they go? We want your business to be successful and profitable and will give you and your business the best chance of succeeding.

Note: Forum Guides can be an additional charge subject to Forum Membership subscription. For any queries please contact our membership advisors on  01656 626001 or email

To join the Forum online today select the number of employees within your business from the table below and follow the instructions.

Membership Levels (Click to expand):

Start-up Membership - £99 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • Free Start-up Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates


  • The Forum Start-up Membership is available for businesses that are in the start-up phase of 1 year or less and have zero employees.

    A membership for your business needs and we provide the support when you need it through our legal partner. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network, to our customisable templates, business resources and a closed group discussion network forum, which is for members only. All will be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on sign up to the Forum Start-up Membership

    Your membership will continue at the exclusive price of £99 per annum* 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.
    0 Employees - £150 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    1 - 10 Employees - £275 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    11 - 30 Employees - £375 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    31 - 50 Employees - £450 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    51 - 100 Employees - £550 per annum
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
    100+ Employees - POA
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership

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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. Content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given.

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