Membership

Business Disability Forum provides members with pragmatic support by sharing expertise, advice and providing training and networking opportunities. We promote best practice and work with organisations to set and influence policy so that it benefits both organisations and disabled people.

Our membership includes many of the UK’s largest businesses and public sector employers. We are a not-for-profit, registered charity.

There are two ways you can join Business Disability Forum, as a Member or as a Partner. Please contact us on 020 7403 3020 or email join@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk if you would like to join and to talk through what level of involvement would be most effective for your organisation.

Members receive the following benefits as part of their involvement:

  • Access to our Advice Service, via email and telephone: answering your questions.
  • A Relationship Manager to help you make full use of your Business Disability Forum membership.
  • Online access to our Disability Standard self-assessment management tool; designed to help build your strategy around getting it right on disability as it affects your organisation. 
  • Department for Work and Pensions’ “Disability Confident” level three validation: validation document plus best practice advice; one-hour consultative phone call; recommendations to help inform and plan.
  • Corporate policy review (up to three in a year, then £600 each); ensuring best practice on disability as it affects your business. This could be an overall corporate policy, a policy covering a specific area of the organisation, or even a customer feedback questionnaire. 
  • An introductory pack (28 publications) of our awareness guides, briefing papers and line manager guides, and discounted access to all content resources.
  • A wide ranging programme of training and events; some free as part of membership and others discounted, including networking events, professional development courses, half-day seminars,  the Disability-smart Awards ceremony and Technology Taskforce SwapShop.
  • Mental health e-guidance module for your intranet, plus discounted access to modules two and three.
  • Access to our adjustments questionnaire resulting in a tailored report, including evidence-based recommendations.
  • Monthly communications such as our Newsletter, Legal Update and Technology Taskforce newsletter.
  • Access to the first stage of our ‘Access Pathway’, web accessibility/usability service. 
  • Networking: 1-2-1 connections, events, and via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Use of our logo on your job adverts, company websites, intranets etc.
  • Further opportunities to share your experiences by hosting (with free places given in exchange) and speaking at our events.
  • Branding and sponsorship opportunities across our websites, communication channels, publications and social media.
  • Signposting to other specialist services, including site audits, e-learning, web development, consumer research and mystery shopping.

There are a number of other products and services that can be provided for an additional fee. 

These include an evaluation of your Disability Standard submission, consultancy services, in-depth recruitment audits, tailored training and intranet content licencing for our full range of toolkits.

In addition to all Member benefits, our Partners also receive:

  • A Strategic Adviser to help you make full use of your Business Disability Forum Partnership and help plan and/or support your disability strategy.
  • Disability Standard evaluation and consultancy.
  • Unlimited intranet license for our Briefing papers (19 papers). 
  • Unlimited intranet license for our mental health e-guidance modules.

We recognise that one Partner’s needs are very different to another’s and the offer can be flexed accordingly (for example by providing five free consultancy days over the Partnership year).

Also included in Partnership:

Working with us as a Partner is an investment in our future development, ensuring long-term benefit to Partners, Members and UK organisations (private and public sector) as a whole.

Annual fees

  • Membership: £3,600 per year plus a one-off joining fee of £750, plus VAT or two years at £6,480 (10% discount) plus £750 joining fee, plus VAT.
  • Partnership: £20,000, plus VAT.

Contact:

David Goodchild, Executive Director of Membership & Business Development.

Tel: 020-7089-2411

Mob: 079-1712-1160

Email: davidg@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk