As a sole trader, you’re a specialist in your field, but you can’t know it all. As a Forum member, we can help you in all the areas where you lack knowledge or need ongoing support.

It is critical to have the right advice, support, and protection in place, giving you the time and space to grow your business and that means more than just a simplistic one size fits all approach. Most business owners find that after a few months of trading they start to come up against the things “they didn’t know, they didn’t know” and that is where the Forum can help.


When you join the Forum of Private Business, you will be joining a community of like-minded business owners, accessing the expertise of our partners and learning from our online guides, have access to our business helpline and receive regular business and regulatory updates. We can help you in all areas where you lack knowledge or need ongoing support.

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.

To become a member, take look at the Sole Trader information below to see what is included in the membership and then 'Join the Forum'. Or call our membership advisers on 01565 626001.

* Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout. Forum Sole Trader Membership of £120 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. 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.
*** 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 which may cost you time and money in the future, we are here to help!
To join us, or if you have any further queries, please contact our membership advisors on 01565 626001 or email Full T&Cs apply which can be found here.

Thinking of becoming a member, but have a couple of questions? Ask our Membership Team: