Forum Membership is complete Advice, Support & Protection for your business and is available in conjunction with our legal representative.

Whether you are a sole trader, partnership or a limited company, you can count on the Forum as a trusted business partner to give your business the right advice, support and protection to help grow your business.

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All businesses have legal responsibilities with running a business, and falling foul of them can be costly. From 6th April 2017 limits on employment tribunal compensation increased, meaning a finding of an unfair dismissal case could cost even more to an employer. This is now an average of £14,670 per claim. Unfair dismissal, health and safety and tax investigations affect many businesses and with a Forum membership, your business would be protected***

Having access to practical, jargon-free, expert advice will help to keep you on the right side of the law and if the worst does happen, comprehensive legal expenses insurance that is included within the Forum Membership covers the cost of defending claims in key areas such as employment disputes, health and safety and tax investigations.

Whatever your business issue is we will be able to help you as long as the advice that we give you is followed.

And, we don’t just cover you as an individual business owner we cover your business as a whole. (Note: advice for employment disputes is only available with Forum membership of 1+ employees)

Note: The Forum's Employment Guide and Health and Safety Guide are available at an additional charge subject to Forum membership subscription. For any queries please contact our membership advisors on 01565 626001 or email info@fpb.org

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):

  • Contact with Forum Membership Advisors
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • Free Sole Trader Guide
  • Free monthly mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular Forum newsletters
  • Access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services


  • The Forum Sole Trader Membership is available for businesses that have zero employees. 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 network, customisable business templates, business resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only. All of this will be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on sign up to the Forum Sole Trader Membership

    Your membership will continue at the exclusive price of £80 per annum* subject to you not employing staff. 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.
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • 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
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • 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
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • 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
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • 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
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • 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
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protection
  • 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

    Have a question before joining? Send us a message... Click here

    * Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout. Forum Sole Trader Membership of £80 per annum is for sole trader businesses only with zero employees. If your business then employs staff you will need to advise the Forum of Private Business immediately and your membership subscription will be amended.  Staffing numbers are required for insurance purposes. Forum Guides are available at 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.
    ** Annual membership covers all directors/principles; there are no hidden costs or fees.
    *** Contact the member helpline on 01565 626001 before acting in any situation which might result in a tribunal to ensure your business is covered by our legal expenses insurance.
    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.
     

    Grow your business with the right advice and resources 

    We believe that businesses that seek advice are more likely to succeed and become a successful business. With a Forum Membership or a Forum Business Start-up Membership, your business will have access to a team of experienced business advisors and Forum partners that will be able to share their knowledge, support and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in business.
    As a member of the Forum, our advisors are on hand to provide practical help and advice when you need it. You will have access to the right expertise you need to take your business forward. We can help you to access finance and reduce costs to increase your profitability, freeing up your time to focus on the growth and profitability of your business.

    Have you got a burning issue you want to have your say on? You can as a member of the Forum

    With over 40 years of Forum history as the democratic voice for small businesses, we regularly ask for members views and we do this via our member surveys which can be found in the members own members area.  There are regular surveys to get involved with throughout the year and we use the results of these to lobby MPs on your behalf and affect real change. The Forum have opportunities to use the views of our members talking directly to the people who can make a difference.
    We have helped many businesses over our 40-year history and continue to do so. We are the voice of our members and we get your opinions heard by policy-makers, big businesses and banks, regularly featuring members’ stories into the media too. Read some of our most recent survey analysis here.
    Thinking of becoming a member, but have a couple of questions? Ask our Membership Team: