Business Support in the New Forest

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We bring local businesses together

We host events to help local businesses grow

We lobby on important issues for local businesses

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COVID-19 Updates for New Forest Businesses

Business in the New Forest is going through a very difficult challenge of an unprecedented nature. Government has announced several support measures including business rate relief and grants with further announcements anticipated and we will bring you all the information and business support we can through our regular business support emails and our Twitter @NFBP posts.

New Forest District Council are working with partners including Hampshire County Council and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to form a coordinated approach. Details of support measures will be posted on NFDC’s dedicated business support page. Please monitor this page for further developments and sign up for emails from NFDC, including details of how you can keep your business up to date.

You can email us at contact@nfbp.org.uk if you have any business support questions. If we cannot help, we will signpost you to the correct source of the right information for your business.

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What does NFBP do?

NFBP provides business support in the New Forest in order to grow the New Forest economy.

We bring businesses together across the New Forest. Our events include networking and training and our annual Brilliance in Business Awards.

All events are open to members and non-members. Please take a look at our Events page and come along to find out how we make the New Forest a great place to do business!

Keep in touch by signing up to our weekly eNews.

With at least two events a month, there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet other local businesses and learn an expert speaker in order to grow your business. With a discount for members, it's worth joining NFBP just for the events alone!

Owing to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 outbreak, NFBP's events calendar is suspended until mid-June, but we have set up a weekly virtual meeting, the NFBP Business Support Hour, free of charge, every Wednesday 1500-1600. Find out more on our Events page. Keep in touch by signing up to our weekly eNews.

Forthcoming Events

New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 10 June

On Wednesday 10 June, we will discuss business insurance. The insurance industry has come in for its fair share of…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 17 June

On Wednesday 17 June, we will discuss recent changes to business pages on social media, with NFBP member Rebecca Wade…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 24 June

On Wednesday 24 June, we welcome David Peers from Archie Consulting, who specialise in cyber security, cyber essentials, education, information…

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Membership of NFBP offers you access to all our events at a discounted rate. You can network with local businesses, learn something to grow your business, and get your voice heard with our partners in local government.

Membership costs only £50 a year for most businesses.

Local business news

Business Support Hour – Email Marketing, 27 May 2020

The guest speaker in today’s Business Support Hour was Tim Watson of Zettasphere offering advice on how to creat email marketing campaigns.

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NFBP Chair Matthew Lawson on BBC Radio Solent

Matthew Lawson, Chairman of the New Forest Business Partnership, was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent on Friday 22 May, when he described the benefits secured for New Forest businesses with the Pay It Forward Fund supported by Crowdfunder UK and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. Matthew highlighted the crowdfunding campaigns being run by NFBP member…

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Business Support Hour – Finance and Accounting Issues, 20 May 2020

Dan Tout of PKF FrancisClark talks about the finance and accounting issues to consider when looking at the different sources of support available for small businesses during lockdown

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News from the Board

At our last Board meeting hosted at Fawley Waterside on 12 March 2020 we found out more about this exciting new development of mixed residential and commercial properties on the edge of the New Forest.

We also had a presentation from Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and discussed funding bids to support New Forest businesses.

Following the board meeting we started to develop a new structure for NFBP in order to deliver future business development needs. However due to the escalation of the coronavirus crisis we have now diverted our attention to supporting local business to ensure they get speedy access to the emergency funding schemes which the government has launched.

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