The first joint New Forest Planning and Transport Conference on Thursday 23 October 2014 at Hanger Farm Arts Centre was attended by local businesses who heard about some of the major issues affecting future development.
Planning matters brought presentations from chief planning officers of both New Forest National Park and New Forest District Council together with a leading representative from the private sector. The discussion outlined the recent and forthcoming national and local policy updates and how these changes will impact businesses in the forest regardless of their size or business type. This helped to set the scene for major development opportunities which may be coming forward in the future, creating a number of employment opportunities throughout the District and National Park.
Transport matters focussed on a range of issues including the impact of the visitor economy, public transport infrastructure and the distribution of goods within the New Forest. Delegates heard from South West Trains who outlined their proposals for improvements to the regional rail networking, including the reduction of cars from local roads through integration with other public transport and cycling.
The focus on the reduction of vehicles included an outline of the New Forest Matrix; an online ordering system which aims to consolidate deliveries of local produce which is currently being developed in partnership with local producers. In addition, it was explained how local leisure transport initiatives are reducing car miles and their associated carbon footprint.
Both of the sessions highlighted in particular the conflict between development of the forest to boost economic growth and the maintenance of the area’s special characteristics. This provided two lively plenary sessions in which delegates had the opportunity to question policy makers about decisions being taken. Questions covered topics including parking provision at local railway stations, connectivity of the Waterside and better integration of public transport systems.
All presentations given through the morning are available exclusively to NFBP members on the members area on nfbp.org.uk
We will be looking to hold a transport and planning event on an annual basis which will form part of the extensive 2015 NFBP events calendar soon to be announced.
This event is just one example of ways in which NFBP links local businesses with key decision makers. A range of similar events take place throughout the year, all of which are promoted on our events pages.Read more
23rd October 2014
by Sarah Willats
Through the Business Growth Eligibility Clinic brought to you by NFDC and HSBC. Pro-actions we will help Businesses Owners in the New Forest maximise the potential of available Government funding. The GrowthAccelerator scheme is open to all UK owned SME businesses in England, which have growth aspirations. A simple interview with a Pro-actions GrowthAccelerator Business Coach will assess the viability and expedite the funding process. Places for the next Clinic in Lyndhurst can be booked here
Event: Business Growth ‘Eligibility’ Clinic
1 hour appointment – ‘Are you Eligible?’
Venue: New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA
Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Grant Support is based on a nominal £3,500 + VAT Value of Business Support
Subsidised cost is £1,500 + VAT for a business with 5 – 49 employees
i.e. £3,500 Business Growth Support Value for £1,500 …
13th October 2014
by Matt Callaghan
The ninth annual award scheme specifically for businesses in the New Forest district aims to celebrate the achievements of business in the area and highlight good practice.
The New Forest Business of the year will be selected from the winners of seven individual categories. These will include recognition of successful companies which show high levels of achievement within their core business and in a number of specialist areas including investment in the workforce, enterprise and innovation, entrepreneurship, development of technologies and green policies. (more…)Read more
25th September 2014
by Matt Callaghan