Frequently Asked Questions

Complete an application form and we’ll get in touch to set up you up. Provided you’re the owner or founder of a North East based business with a turnover over of at least £250,000, you should qualify to join.  If you are part of a family business, or you have previously ran a qualifying business and are starting up again, you should also be able to join.

If you're an employee, or you're running a business owned by someone else, our Executive membership provides access to a range of high calibre events and opportunities to meet ambitious and growth orientated entrepreneurs and leaders.  If you are an entrepreneur member and have members of your team you would live to develop, our Entrepreneur Plus membership bolt-on also provides these opportunities.

Members are welcome to bring guests to The Journey events, our conferences and our annual awards dinner, provided they accompany the guest to the event. Event fees apply. Our focus dinners, on-site visits, chairman’s dinner and round tables are exclusive to our entrepreneur members. 

You need to register for each event you want to attend. This can be done via our website or or by contacting the Forum team on 0191 500 7780.

When you book online you will receive an automated confirmation for your booking, which will allow you to add the event to your own digital calendar. You will also receive final confirmation of your booking, along with any the finer event details ahead of the event. Members can also log in to the member area where you can see all of your event bookings and from there you can cancel a booking or, if the option is available for that particular event, you can add guests to your booking. If you’re still not sure whether you’re registered please give us a ring on 0191 500 7780.

Let us know by either logging into your Member area and cancelling your place from there, or by contacting a member of the Forum team on 0191 500 7780.

If the event carries an additional charge to attend, we request a notice period (usually 72hrs) to allow us enough time to cancel any committed catering expenses with the event venue. Cancellations made after that cut off point are charged in full, unless you are required to isolate by NHS Test & Trace as a result of contracting COVID yourself, or being a close contact of a person who has contracted COVID.  

You can’t send a substitute to events which are for entrepreneur members only i.e. the chairman's dinner, focus dinners, on-site visits, round table discussions or entrepreneur-only social events.  For entrepreneur members, if your substitute is a co-owner of the business who would be eligible to join in their own right, they can attend The Journey events and the Forum's Spring and Autumn conferences in your place at the usual published ticket price.

If the event is not permitted to go ahead due to local or national Government restrictions, attendees will be offered the opportunity to transfer their tickets to a rescheduled event, where possible, or offered a credit note or full refund.

Entrepreneur membership costs £520+VAT per year or £43.33 + VAT per month when paying by direct debit.

Entrepreneur Plus membership costs £800+VAT per place per year, which is flexible and can be used by any member of your team for eligible events.  This can also be paid by monthly direct debit at no extra cost.

Executive membership costs £3,000+VAT per year for two flexible places at eligible events.

There is a minimum commitment of 12 months.

Peer-to-peer mentoring is an exclusive benefit for entrepreneur members.

You can read About Our Programme or contact Michael Dixon for more information.

We have numerous sponsorship and partnership opportunities available at some of our most prestigious events throughout the year. You can find out more about them by calling the Forum team on 0191 500 7780 or email

All of our events, except for the North East Entrepreneurial Awards, are only open to Entrepreneurs' Forum members and partners.  For more information check out the Get Involved area to see your options.

When you become a member of the Entrepreneurs' Forum there is a minimum commitment of 12 months. After this period, you can cancel your membership by emailing We request 30 days notice for all cancellations. 

Membership terms and conditions are available here.

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