Business Disability Forum membership

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We provide our membership 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.

 Member benefits 

  • Access to our Advice Service, via email and telephone: answering your strategic and day-to-day questions. 
  • An assigned business partner (relationship manager) to help you make full use of your Business Disability Forum membership. 
  • Department for Work and Pensions ‘Disability Confident’ Level 3 (DCL3) review and validation: validation document plus best practice advice; one-hour consultative phone call; recommendations to help inform and plan. 
  • 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. The self-assessment tool is part of the membership benefits package. 
  • Introductory pack of our customer communication guides, line manager guides and briefings (circa 35 publications), plus discounted licensing for use of all our content resources on your intranet. 
  • Policy review service, focusing on disability-smart best practice – up to five policies reviewed annually. 
  • Wide-ranging programme of training and events – some free as part of membership, including networking events, the Disability-smart Awards ceremony and Technology Taskforce events; and others discounted, including professional development courses and seminars. 
  • Access to our Mental Health Toolkit, a multiple resources to assist, inform and guide you in creating your own workplace mental health policies and consider the mental health of your staff. All resources can be downloaded to print, share or upload to your intranet. 
  • Advice on your annual workforce surveys, including question and language review. 
  • Unlimited access to the Member Hub offering resources that include information sheets, toolkits and case studies to support you to deliver disability-smart business. 
  • Monthly communications such as our newsletter, legal update and Technology Taskforce newsletter. 
  • Networking: 1-2-1 connections, events, and via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). 
  • Use of our logo on your email signature, 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, web development, consumer research and mystery shopping. 

There are a number of other services and products that can be provided for a fee. These include an evaluation of your Disability Standard submission, consultancy services, in-depth recruitment audits, tailored training and intranet content licensing for our full range of toolkits. 

Additional benefits for Partners 

  • An assigned senior business partner to help you make full use of your Business Disability Forum Partnership and help plan and/or support your disability strategy. 
  • Five days’ consultancy and learning development support per year. 
  • Disability Standard evaluation and consultancy. 
  • Leader to Leader dinners to support your senior champions. 
  • Access to six-monthly network breakfasts for your disability leads to discuss the hot topics of the day and share issues, best practice and challenges. 
  • One free place at each of our professional development events. 
  • A free Partner Pass to all our other events, with the exception of our annual London-based Conference. 
  • Unlimited access to all our e-resources to share across your business. 


  • CEO membership of our President’s Group, led by Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays UK. 
  • Technology Taskforce membership. 
  • Global Taskforce membership. 
  • Customer Taskforce membership. 
  • Employment Taskforce membership. 

… and, of course, working with us as a Partner is an investment in our future development, ensuring long-term benefit to Partners, Members and UK organisations (both private and public sector) as a whole. It also positions your company as a thought leader and demonstrates your commitment in driving disability inclusion in your business. 

Annual fees

  • Membership: £3,800 per year plus a one-off joining fee of £750, plus VAT or two years at £6,840 (10% discount) plus £750 joining fee, plus VAT.
  • Partnership: £20,000, plus VAT. 

For more information: 

David Goodchild, Director – Membership

Business Disability Forum, Nutmeg House, 60 Gainsford Street, London SE1 2NY 

Tel: 020-7089-2411

Mob: 079-1712-1160