Start-up and small business intelligence specialist, Business Data Group, has today completed the reacquisition of UK Business Forums (UKBF), the UK’s largest and most active forum for start-up and micro-businesses. This acquisition brings together the UK’s leading authority on company formations and start-up sector business data intelligence with the UK’s largest and most active business forum.
Over 1,500 posts are submitted to UKBF every week by entrepreneurs, business owners and aspiring company founders. Around 1,200 new members join the site every month actively looking for small business guidance, networking and peer support, and this reacquisition will strengthen and grow opportunities for UK businesses and the economy at this critical time of post-pandemic recovery.
In 2005, award-winning entrepreneur, Richard Osborne, CEO, Business Data Group, took over the running of UKBF from its founders and successfully grew it from a fledgling 30-strong community to a thriving network of over 200,000 UK entrepreneurs and business owners. Richard went on to sell UKBF to Sift Media in 2007.
Richard Osborne, CEO, Business Data Group says:
“Today marks the beginning of a very exciting new chapter for UK Business Forums and Business Data Group as I return to the helm at UKBF. Uniting and re-energising UKBF, a platform I was instrumental in growing almost twenty years ago, with the strength and influence of my latest company is absolutely exhilarating! The opportunity to once again steer UKBF forward is a challenge I am relishing. The entrepreneurial spirit in the UK is like nowhere else, and Business Data Group is driven by helping UK businesses to grow and prosper. I’m delighted to build on the current strengths of the UKBF community, take it to the next level, and truly help UK small businesses to thrive. UKBF has the potential to be an extraordinarily dynamic forum of expertise and support. I can’t wait to bring Business Data Group’s energy and expertise to the community and nurture the most empowering support network for UK entrepreneurs.”
Business Data Group has ambitious plans to widen its portfolio of support for UK SMEs over the next five years, and its strategy of building and growing UKBF’s membership to over one million is embedded within this.