Business Support in the New Forest


We bring local businesses together

We host events to help local businesses grow

We lobby on important issues for local businesses


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. We bring you all the information and business support we can through our weekly business support email, our online Business Support Hour every Wednesday and our social media posts.

New Forest District Council are working with our partners including Hampshire County Council and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to form a coordinated approach to support local businesses.

Details of support measures are posted on NFDC’s dedicated business support page. Please monitor this page for further developments and sign up for emails from NFBP and NFDC.

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

Keep in touch by signing up to our weekly business support eNews.

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 business support eNews.

With at least two online and face-to-face events each month, there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet other local businesses and learn from a local expert in order to help your business to recover, revive, survive and grow! 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 face-to-face events calendar is suspended until further notice, but we have our weekly online networking meeting, the New Forest 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 business support eNews.

Forthcoming Events

New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 30 September

You know how when you Google for a business and their company detail appears in a box on the right…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 7 October

Tom Dodd, Marketing Manager of entrustIT in Ringwood, presents on Connecting Securely – a cyber security update for you and your…

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Social Media Training – Thursday 8 October

Our popular annual NFBP Social Media Course is online this year! We welcome Rebecca from Purple Dog to guide us…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 14 October

Presenter to be confirmed

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Social Media Training – Thursday 15 October

Our popular annual NFBP Social Media Course is online this year! We welcome Rebecca from Purple Dog to guide us…

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Membership of NFBP offers you access to all our events at a discounted rate. 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.

Local business news

Business Support Hour – Planning your online marketing activity, 23 September 2020

Do you need a website? Should you be on FaceBook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (insert the social media platform of the day)? That all depends on what you are trying to achieve. The answer to these questions and your entire Digital and Social Media plan come from taking a holistic view of marketing for your business.…

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Business Support Hour – building and maintaining relationships in an online world, 16 September 2020

Working virtually, and managing relationships remotely, is here to stay at least in some form. Whether liaising with clients, customers, suppliers, our teams, or our matrix network (those who help us build and grow our business), building and maintaining great relationships is key. How do we do this best virtually? What tools and techniques could…

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Business Support Hour – using your website to connect with your market, 9 September 2020

Your website is a core part of your online presence – in this presentation as part of our series of events on improving your online engagement, Rob Dewing of Northerwood Websites talks through some tips on how to make your website engaging and easy to use for your prospective customers.

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News from the Board

Our NFBP Advisory Group met on Thursday 24 September 2020 and received presentations from Simon Eden on the work of the Southern Policy Centre and from Paul Walton of the New Forest National Park Authority on Green Recovery.



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