Welcome to New Forest Business Partnership

Business Support in the New Forest

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We bring your business together with other local businesses

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Our business support events help your business to grow

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We are your voice and lobby on issues for local businesses

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What does NFBP do?

The New Forest Business Partnership supports all New Forest businesses large and small in all sectors and increases the opportunities for you to grow your business. All businesses within the New Forest are supported by us and your business is a member free of charge. Your business can pay an annual subscription to become a Partner to access more benefits and support our work.

NFBP became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2020. This means we are an independent company, delivering business support programmes for the New Forest business community. We have always been a not-for-profit organisation, but as a CIC, we receive funding to support you and your business.

Our Directors are all volunteers from local businesses with a passion for supporting local businesses and helping our local economy grow. Our Advisory Group is an influential voice for local business and brings together business owners with New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Go New Forest, New Forest Marque, New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and other partners to ensure a coordinated approach to local business support.

Email us at contact@nfbp.org.uk if you have any business support enquiries. If we cannot help, we will connect you to the source of the right information for your business.

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

NFBP Business Support Programme

We have a really useful programme of business support and networking events, open to everybody and aimed at providing training for local businesses across a variety of essential skills. Currently, most of our events are online so it’s easy to come along and many of them are free of charge.

Find out more on our Events page. Upcoming events are listed below.

Forthcoming Events

New Forest Business Support Hour

Join us for our weekly informal networking meeting – an opportunity to update each other on how our businesses are…

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Launch of New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards 2021

For 16 years, NFBP has hosted the New Forest’s local business awards – because we believe that it is vitally…

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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

Social Media Update 15 August 2021

Our regular update on latest developments in social media with Rebecca Wade of Purple Dog. This month Rebecca starts with a look at developments at Pinterest, particularly relating to ecommerce. Rebecca also has news on developments at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Whatsapp – and some news for users of the latest version of Apple’s iOS.…

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Developing a recruitment and retention strategy for sustainable success

A blog post from Business Support Hour speaker 14/07/2021, Heidi Roper of View HR Retention Strategy Retention of productive employees is a major concern for all businesses. It is more efficient and cost-effective to retain a quality member of staff than to recruit, train and orient a replacement employee of the same high quality. After…

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Business Support Hour – HR Update post lockdown – 2 June 2021

In one of our regular HR updates, Heidi Roper of View HR talks about protocols and legal considerations for bringing staff back into the workplace after lockdown. Heidi also discusses other important topical subjects such as Right to Work checks post Brexit:

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News from our Advisory Group

Our NFBP Advisory Group met in September 2020 and received presentations on the work of the Southern Policy Centre and from the New Forest National Park Authority on Green Recovery.

At our meetings in November 2020 and January 2021, we discussed support for local businesses during the national lockdown, including our concerns for mental health and wellbeing with personal life impacting on business and business impacting on personal life for local business owners. NFBP is very concerned to give practical support to local business owners and their employees at this challenging time, including making sense of the various grant funding and furlough opportunities. We are also campaigning for "the excluded" - directors of local businesses who have received no support or grant funding.

At our meeting in March 2021, we will have updates from our Partners and a briefing from Make UK on the manufacturing sector as well as a discussion of the skills and talents gap in the New Forest.

 

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