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

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

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Business Briefing – 6 Steps to Marketing Clarity

We welcome Jo Andrews, Founder and MD of The Marketing Collective, to present on ‘6 Steps to Marketing Clarity‘. A chartered…

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New Forest Business Support Hour

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 Christmas Party

Join us for an informal virtual Christmas networking meeting! An opportunity to update each other on how our businesses are…

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Business Briefing – Marine & Maritime Sector

The UK has the largest marine and maritime sector in Europe, with the Solent being right at the heart. With…

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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 – Evolution4business, 25 November 2020

Angie Beeston of Evolution4business spoke to us today on the theme of ‘Dealing with Change – developing our agility and resilience to get more done’. In a year which has had a huge impact in one way or another on all of us, the pressures of running a business mean we have found ourselves having…

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Business Support Hour – Solent Apprenticeships Hub, 4 November 2020

An update on the opportunities that currently exist for your New Forest business to take advantage of incentive payments and support in employing an apprentice. Up to £2,000 is available when you hire new apprentices between now and 31 January 2021. The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you get for taking on…

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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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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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