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 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 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!

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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 15 July

On Wednesday 15 July, we welcome Claire Glorney-Wilson from The Marketing Collective, to help you increase your online visibility and…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 22 July

On Wednesday 22 July, we welcome Jim Smith from insight6 to lead a discussion on retaining Customer Excellence post lockdown.…

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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 – Branding and Brand Strategy, 8 July 2020

NFBP member Becks Neale leads a discussion on ‘Shaping the future you want to see‘. Designer and Brand Consultant Becks shares tips, strategy and branding insights into how you can start to do this. Becks’ brand design career has involved working with purpose-led organisations, large and small, as well as renowned licensed brands including Hallmark,…

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Business Support Hour – Preparing for a safe return to work, 1 July 2020

Practical tips to prepare retail and hospitality businesses for covid-safe reopening from NFBP members Ruth Baker of Simply Safer and Julie Brown of JayBee Safety who share their advice on carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment for your business and other health and safety issues which businesses must be aware of at this critical stage.…

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Business Support Hour – CyberEssentials and Business IT Security, 24 June 2020

Presented by David Peers from Archie Consulting, a specialist in cyber security, Cyber Essentials, education, information assurance and security and auditing. David is a also guest lecturer at Bournemouth University where he covers Cyber Threat Intelligence as part of their curriculum. In this presentation, David summarises the five controls of Cyber Essentials, an incredibly useful…

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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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