Chairman’s Welcome

All businesses in the New Forest felt the effects of the global downturn to some extent and have concerns about the future. Economic uncertainty demonstrates at least one clear truth: the need to work together.

The remit of NFBP is to enable closer working between local business and local government. Whilst this principle sits at the heart of the Partnership, our focus is broader with NFBP offering a range of really useful events, networking opportunities and information as well as bringing together a wide variety of partners and stakeholders. The Partnership is ideally placed to bring together numerous aspects of working together in the New Forest, broadening the connections of members and influencing matters which affect local businesses.

NFBP provides a key voice for businesses in the New Forest National Park and the New Forest District Council’s local plans. The Partnership has also been influential in changing NFDC’s procurement policy to suit the needs of smaller businesses. With the input of our members and driven forwards by a dynamic team of Board members, representing businesses and communities across the New Forest, we provide this influential voice to ensure that our New Forest is a prosperous and pleasurable place in which to do business.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our events soon!

Matthew Lawson

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