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

Photo: Dave Dodge Photography

What does NFBP do?

The New Forest Business Partnership supports all New Forest businesses large and small and increases the opportunities for you to grow. All businesses within the New Forest are supported by us and your business is a member free of charge.

NFBP became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in September 2020. This means we are now an independent company, focused on business support for the New Forest business community. We have always been a not-for-profit organisation, but by becoming a CIC, we are able to receive funding to help us support you and your business.

Our Board of Directors are all volunteers with a passion for supporting local businesses and helping our local economy grow. We also have an Advisory Group which represents an influential voice for local business and we work in partnership with New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Go New Forest, New Forest Marque, New Forest National Park Authority and other partners to ensure a coordinated approach to local business support.

Email us at if you have any business support enquiries. 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 email.

NFBP Events

We have a programme of business support and networking events, open to everybody and aimed at providing training for businesses across a variety of essential skills. Currently, all 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 – Wednesday 28 October

Join us – with a cup of tea or coffee – for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 18 November

Join us – with a cup of tea or coffee – for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to…

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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 – Creating Online Training, 21 October 2020

Beverley Poole, Founder of Aspire4Business speaks about the Aspire4Business Academy, an eLearning and outsourced Learning and Development platform, fully hosted, administered and certificated with courses for business, wellbeing, education and hospitality. The Aspire4Business Academy enables business owners and employees to make use of a massive range of online training material. More than this, there is…

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Business Support Hour – Cybersecurity, 7 October 2020

Tom Dodd of entrustIT in Ringwood presents on Connecting Securely – a cyber security update for you and your business. For nearly 15 years, the entrust IT Group has led the way in provision of cloud and traditional IT services to business clients. They have worked with companies big and small, from local businesses to…

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Business Support Hour – Google my Business, 30 September 2020

You know how when you Google for a business and their company detail appears in a box on the right hand side of the page? That’s Google My Business. This is becoming an increasingly important aspect of getting your business noticed but, as you may have found from experience, the feature is only as useful…

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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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