Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up as a member?
Complete an application form and we’ll get in touch to set up you up. Provided you’re the business owner or founder of a business which has been trading for at least two years and are based in the North East of England with a turnover over £250,000 you should qualify to join. 

I don’t own the business, can I still join?
We have three categories of membership: Entrepreneurial Membership, Executive Membership and Corporate Partnership. Non-business owners can sign up as either Executive Members or Corporate Partners. If you are an Entrepreneur member and have staff you'd like to develop and give access to some Forum events, we also have a bolt-on package called Entrepreneur Plus.  For more details, call one of our team on 0191 500 7780.

Can I bring a guest to events?
Members are welcome to bring guests to member events, our conferences and our annual awards dinner, provided they accompany the guest to the event (charges may apply - see individual event details for clarification). Our focus dinners, on-site visits, chairman’s dinner, exchange events and round tables are exclusive to our members. 

Can I just turn up for an event, or do I need to register in advance?
You need to register for each event you want to attend. This can be done via our website or mobile events app, or by contacting the Forum team on 0191 500 7780. 

How do I know if I’m registered for an event?
When you book online or via the app, 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, approximately one week before the event. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered please give us a ring on 0191 500 7780. 

What should I do if I can no longer make an event that I’ve signed up to?
Let us know by contacting any member of the Forum team or calling 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. 

Can I send a proxy in my place if I can’t attend an event?
You are welcome to send a proxy to the events which are open to guests - member events, conferences and our awards dinner -  provided they would be eligible in their own right to become an entrepreneurial member of the Forum. You can’t send a substitute to events which are for entrepreneurial members only. 

How much is membership?
Entrepreneurial membership costs £41.25 (+VAT) per month with a minimum commitment of 12 months. 

I’m interested in your mentoring programme. How does this work?
Peer-to-peer mentoring is available to all members and is included free as part of your membership. See or call Michael Dixon on 0191 500 7782 for more information about mentoring. 

I’m interested in sponsoring one of your events.
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 in our Event Sponsorship section on this website, or you can call the team on 0191 500 7780. 

I’m not a member, can I come to events?
Our events are exclusive to our members and their guests. If you’re interested in joining the Entrepreneurs' Forum, get in touch by calling 0191 500 7780 or email Only our annual awards dinner is open to non-members. 

How do I cancel my membership?
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. 

Where can I find your full terms and conditions?
Membership terms and conditions are available on our website.