Welcome to New Forest Business Partnership

Business Support in the New Forest


We bring your business together with other local businesses


Our business support events help your business to grow


We are your voice and lobby on issues for local businesses


There are 14 award categories, including 4 new categories this year, covering all areas of achievement within the local business community. More information on the awards can be found here.

Nominations for 2021 are now closed and the finalists have been announced. The awards evening is on 2 December at Brockenhurst College. Tickets for this prestigious event can be purchased via our events page.

Photo: Dave Dodge Photography

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.



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, 21 October 2021 – Rebecca Wade of Purple Dog: Social Media Update

In the latest of her regular updates for NFBP members, Rebecca talks about recent changes to social media platforms, especially the increasing use of short form video on Instagram and…

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Business Support Hour, 29 September 2021: Sam Sutton – Individual and Workplace Wellbeing

In today’s Business Support hour Sam Sutton, business coach and founder director of New Forest Activities, talks about the importance of employee wellbeing and engagement and how it affects the…

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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.…

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News from our Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group met again in person at Balmer Lawn Hotel on 30 September 2021, to hear updates from businesses and partner organisations about the recovery of the New Forest economy.

Despite the many challenges of the pandemic, Brexit and the fuel crisis, there was a forward looking optimism which was very encouraging to hear and we look forward to supporting our member businesses over the coming months, especially through our Business Support Programme of online and in-person events.


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