As a sole trader, with no employees you immediately become the:

  • Managing director
  • Accounts department
  • Marketing department managing a website and social media
  • Sales director and the front of house.

You are your business.

It is critical to have the right advicesupport 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 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, helpline and regular updates. We can help you in all areas where you lack knowledge or need ongoing support.

Forum Sole trader CTA

At the Forum of Private Business, we know how important it is to support a new business in the early years of operation. With over 20% of businesses failing in their first year, and up to 50% failing after five years, we will support your business every step of the way to help you become successful and profitable.

The Forum celebrated 40 years of business in 2017, so we certainly have the expertise and experience to help small business owners deal with all the challenges they face. From HR, health and safety advice to legal advice and tax protection cover, our partner network will be on hand to help you find the best solution.

Business challenges often arrive when we least expect them, but we are always here to help. Our membership advisors are available to support you and your business, to guide you through the challenges you potentially could face. We work closely with many business industries and pride ourselves on ensuring that we understand the challenges our members face on a day-to-day basis. Our Forum Member Helpline can be contacted on 01565 626001.

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 so that your staff will be insured under the membership terms and conditions.

As a sole trader, the business-critical benefits and advice you receive as a member are invaluable. At such little cost, joining us will be one of the best business decisions you can make.

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

Marketing your business

As well as your membership with the Forum of Private Business we have partnered with Yell Business to bring to you additional offers to help your business be found and chosen online over other businesses.  Three amazing offers that will help you and your business become more successful working with one of the UK's best digital marketing providers.

Option 1

Obtain a FREE website and FREE domain name and FREE marketing toolkit : The free website builder is an easy to use tool to create a website if you don't already have one. You may even have a website but could find that you want to make it better. You will get a free custom domain name with matching email address and free marketing toolkit to help get your business found on line.  TAKE ME TO THIS OFFER - GET STARTED NOW

Option 2

Obtain a website build, a Yell.com advert and a business listing distribution service :  The starter pack will give you Yell services who will build your website for you along with placing a prominent advert on Yell in the relevant business listing section and distribute your business details across a network of relevant sites. As a member of the Forum of Private Business, you will receive a 30% discount off the price of Yell's starter pack bringing the price down to just £20 per month.

Ideal business start-up or sole trader incentive to help strengthen your business's online presence. TAKE ME TO THIS OFFER - GET STARTED NOW

Option 3

From bespoke Websites to Google Ads, Facebook to Yell.com, Yell really do have everything you need to succeed.  Yell know from experience that many business owners struggle to find the time, or acquire the skills, to set up and manage an effective digital marketing programme. That is why everything Yell does is designed to make things easy for you as a business owner.

As a member of the Forum of Private Business, you can receive up to 20% discount off the price of all Yell digital marketing packages.  Remember to quote your membership number when you speak directly to Yell.

An ideal marketing package for an established business looking to strengthen online presence. TAKE ME TO THIS OFFER - GET STARTED NOW

Join us today and get included in your membership:

  • FREE Forum Sole Trader Guide worth £150
  • FREE comprehensive legal expense insurance worth approximately £175**
  • FREE access to Yell.com business and marketing services
  • FREE access to downloadable resources and mini-guides to help with running your business
  • Discounted company registration services
  • Unlimited usage of a member helpline with practical Advice, Support and Protection***
  • Members' website portal with a discussion area.
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 signing up to Forum Sole Trader membership.

    Your membership will continue at the exclusive price of £80 per annum* subject to you not employing staff. Whether 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, whether 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 situations you may come across in 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, whether 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 situations you may come across in 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, whether 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 situations you may come across in 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, whether 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 situations you may come across in 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, whether 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 situations you may come across in 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, whether 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 situations you may come across in 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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    * 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 info@fpb.org. Full T&Cs apply which can be found here.

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