Essential business Support when you really need it.

The Forum is a national business membership organisation providing you and your business with support, advice and protection. As a business owner, we want you to focus on what you do best and that's running your business.

We give you the time to run your business as we help you deal with your business issues. Forum membership makes 'doing business' easier, keeping you up to date through the ever-evolving maze of legislation and red tape issues.

But all businesses are different, so each business needs a tailored approach based on the type of business your run and the risks you face. A comprehensive legal expenses insurance policy is available as standard with your Forum membership. This will protect and support your business against tax investigations, employment and contract disputes, health and safety issues, to name a few. Read more about the insurance cover.

It is also true that no matter how good your business insurance is, the priority should be to not run into difficulties in the first place and then have to trigger that insurance, as although the insurance reduces financial cost, you still have the cost of time and worry involved in dealing with the issue.

In 2020 the Forum has decided to provide more proactive, preventative tools and services for our member businesses and we will deliver these in a practical way that is easy for you to implement. If we start to act in a more proactive manner, we will be able to make sure you are compliant, reduce risks and give you more time to be able to focus on your business. We will be implementing a risk dashboard which will enable us to provide advice tailored to your business so we can work proactively to make sure you are compliant and reduce the risk of any negative issues.

We will be working more closely with rradar, our legal services partner. Through rradar we will be giving you access to rradarstation, an online web portal hosting a library of business information, legal and regulatory guidance, downloadable templates as well as rradargrace an interactive legal assistant to give simple clear advice to you and your staff when and where you need it. We have a new digital incident recording platform - rradarreport for incidents in the business which will save you time and provide a simple system for you and your staff. Finally, you will still have access to both our legal and general business helplines and a 24-hr crisis line if the worst does happen.

We believe businesses that seek advice are more likely to succeed and become successful. With Forum Membership, your business will have access to a team of experienced advisors and partner network that will be able to share their knowledge in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in business. You will also have access to a tool box of resources including comprehensive business guides and templates for you to edit and use within your business.

Our advice covers those detailed below, but if it isn’t listed we may still be able to help!

✓ Finance

Reducing business costs, tax, improving credit, access to finance.

✓ Legal

Employment disputes, health and safety prosecutions and tax enquiries.

✓ HR

Employment issues, redundancy and dismissal.

✓ Health and Safety

Health and Safety regulations, legal responsibilities and more.

✓ Debt Recovery

Tracing Debtors, collecting debts and dealing with insolvency.

✓ Purchasing

Guidance, how to secure discounts and supplier monitoring.

Business Development

Advice and support.

Management and Leadership

Business planning strategy, continuity and succession planning.

Whatever the business dilemma the Forum can help, as long as you follow the advice given from our member helpline advisers. All issues must be discussed with our advisors before you take any action to ensure your business is covered for the issue in question.

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):

  • Member helpline
  • Access to our legal services partner***
  • Tailored Legal Expenses Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • FREE Sole Trader Guide
  • FREE mini business guides
  • Comprehensive Business guides****
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular updates of business news and regulation changes
  • Discounted access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services
  • Private member area within our website


  • The Forum Sole Trader Membership is available for registered sole traders that have zero employees.

    You’re the MD, the accounts department, you manage your website and social media, you’re the sales director and front of house. You are your business.

    Working alone can feel isolating, but with our membership you are joining a community of like-minded business owners. 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. We have produced a comprehensive sole trader business guide, supported by our membership advisers who are there to answer your questions and signpost you to additional resources or information.

    Also included in your membership is a legal expenses insurance cover. This will protect and support your business against tax investigations, health and safety prosecutions, contract disputes and debt recovery. This cover alone saves you hundreds of pounds a year by not having to pay for separate policies. Read more about the insurance cover.

    Will provide additional support when you need it through our legal services partner, rradar. This includes rradarstation – a legal advisory web portal, rradargrace – an on-the-go intelligent legal assistant accessed through web or an App on your device and rradarreport – a platform for prompt recording of incidents in the workplace.

    Your membership will continue at the exclusive price of £120 per annum* subject to you not employing staff. At any point should you employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary you will need to tell us and we will amend your subscription accordingly so that your business is correctly covered by the legal expenses insurance.

    At such little cost, and with business-critical benefits for you, as a sole trader, joining the Forum will be one of the best business decisions you make.


    Join the Forum
  • Member helpline
  • Access to our legal services partner***
  • Tailored Legal Expenses Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • FREE Micro Business Guide
  • FREE mini business guides
  • Comprehensive Business guides****
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular updates of business news and regulation changes
  • Discounted access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services
  • Private member area within our website


  • Forum Membership for businesses that have 1-4 employees.

    As a micro business, you’re generally an owner operator trying to be a ‘jack of all trades’. As your business is growing you start to come across new challenges such as employment law, data protection, health and safety, tax and HR.

    As a Forum member, you’ll have access to a toolbox of resources to assist you with the day-to-day challenges your business will face. This includes an extensive business compliance guide and regular updates advising on legislation changes such as GDPR and digital tax. Our membership advisers are also on hand to answer any business questions, however big or small. Additional advice will be provided through our legal services partner, rradar. You will also have access to services from, rradar. This includes rradarstation – a legal advisory web portal, rradargrace – an on-the-go intelligent legal assistant accessed through web or an App on your device and rradarreport – a platform for prompt recording of incidents in the workplace.

    As your business grows so does the risk. Our tailored legal expense insurance cover, included with your membership, provides your business with comprehensive protection against the most common legal pitfalls, such as employment disputes, health and safety prosecutions and tax protection. Forum membership protects you and your business, helping you to be more efficient and avoid the cost of getting it wrong. Read more about the insurance cover. Scaling up your company is an exciting part of running a business but it doesn’t come without its challenges. The Forum will become your business partner, supporting and guiding you on your business journey. Becoming a member will give you peace of mind that you are making the right decisions, so that you can do what you do best and get on with the day-to-day running of your business.


    Join the Forum
  • Member helpline
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Tailored Legal Expenses Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • FREE Business Compliance Guide
  • FREE mini business guides
  • Comprehensive Business guides****
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular updates of business news and regulation changes
  • Discounted access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services
  • Private member area within our website


  • Forum Membership for businesses that have 5-19 employees.

    As your business continues to grow it can become more complicated. You now have legal obligations to ensure your business is compliant and meets the required laws and regulations.

    As part of your Forum membership, you receive an in-depth Health and Safety guide, which has been approved by the HSE. Our business helpline team are also available to check and reassure you are compliant in all business areas. If our dedicated member support team don’t have the answer, we can turn to our extensive partner network who will.

    You will have access to our legal services partner, rradar. This includes rradarstation, a legal advisory web portal, rradargrace, an on-the-go intelligent legal assistant accessed through web or an app on your device and rradarreport, a platform for prompt recording of incidents in the workplace.

    As your business grows so does the risk. Our legal expense insurance cover which is included within your membership, provides your business with comprehensive protection against the most common legal pitfalls experienced by businesses, such as employment disputes, health and safety prosecutions and tax protection. Forum membership protects you and your business, helping you to be more efficient and avoid the cost of getting it wrong. Read more about the insurance cover.

    We educate all members on the importance of putting preventative measures in place at an early stage. The biggest piece of advice we give around the day-to-day challenges is: ‘If it’s not documented, it potentially never happened.’ Becoming a member of the Forum will give you the support you need to put together the right policies and procedures for your business.


    Join the Forum
  • Member helpline
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Tailored Legal Expenses Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • FREE Business Compliance Guide
  • FREE mini business guides
  • Comprehensive Business guides****
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular updates of business news and regulation changes
  • Discounted access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services
  • Private member area within our website


  • Forum Membership for businesses that have 20-49 employees.

    As your business continues to grow it can become more complicated. You now have legal obligations to ensure your business is compliant and meets the required laws and regulations.

    As part of your Forum membership, you receive an in-depth Health and Safety guide, which has been approved by the HSE. Our business helpline team are also available to check and reassure you are compliant in all business areas. If our dedicated member support team don’t have the answer, we can turn to our extensive partner network who will.

    You will have access to our legal services partner, rradar. This includes rradarstation, a legal advisory web portal, rradargrace, an on-the-go intelligent legal assistant accessed through web or an app on your device and rradarreport, a platform for prompt recording of incidents in the workplace.

    As your business grows so does the risk. Our legal expense insurance cover which is included within your membership, provides your business with comprehensive protection against the most common legal pitfalls experienced by businesses, such as employment disputes, health and safety prosecutions and tax protection. Forum membership protects you and your business, helping you to be more efficient and avoid the cost of getting it wrong. Read more about the insurance cover.

    We educate all members on the importance of putting preventative measures in place at an early stage. The biggest piece of advice we give around the day-to-day challenges is: ‘If it’s not documented, it potentially never happened.’ Becoming a member of the Forum will give you the support you need to put together the right policies and procedures for your business.


    Join the Forum
  • Member helpline
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Legal Expenses Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • FREE Business Compliance Guide
  • FREE mini business guides
  • Comprehensive Business guides****
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular updates of business news and regulation changes
  • Discounted access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services
  • Private member area within our website


  • Forum Membership for businesses that have 51-100 employees.

    As a medium-sized business you are well established and likely to have employees in departments such as HR, accounts and health and safety. With Forum membership we are able to offer you an additional level of support. Our detailed and comprehensive business guides operate in tandem with our business advice helpline. Our team are available to check and reassure that your decision-making is correct and offer advice on any queries you may have.

    You will have access to our legal services partner, rradar. This includes rradarstation, a legal advisory web portal, rradargrace, an on-the-go intelligent legal assistant accessed through web or an app on your device and rradarreport, a platform for prompt recording of incidents in the workplace.

    Ensuring your business is run efficiently is key, as the consequences and scale of getting it wrong increase as your business grows. We will also carry out a risk health-check of your business so we can determine the areas where you may need additional support from us. We will also keep you up-to-date with any regulatory changes and provide regular business updates. The Forum will work directly with your department leaders giving you peace of mind that they are well educated and are giving your business the right advice.


    Join the Forum
    * 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.  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.

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