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)

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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

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

    * Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout and is per annum. Forum Start-up Membership of £99 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.
    *** 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.

     

    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: