Business Support in the New Forest

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We bring local businesses together

We host events to help local businesses grow

We lobby on important issues for local businesses

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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 contact@nfbp.org.uk 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 19 August

During the Hour, there will be 20 minutes for businesses to share ideas, opportunities or concerns with each other and…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 26 August

On Wednesday 26 August, Jo Hompstead, the founder of ConnectUp, will give a presentation on Connecting Remotely – How to…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 2 September

During the Hour, there will be 20 minutes for businesses to share ideas, opportunities or concerns with each other and…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 9 September

During the Hour, there will be 20 minutes for businesses to share ideas, opportunities or concerns with each other and…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 16 September

During the Hour, there will be 20 minutes for businesses to share ideas, opportunities or concerns with each other and…

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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 – Search Engine Optimisation, 15 July 2020

A basic understanding of Search Engine Optimisation is important to getting the most value from your business website. Mike Essex from The Marketing Collective www.themarketing-collective.com gave us a very informative introduction to SEO which will help any business to increase their online visibility. Mike explains what SEO is and why it is important, with a…

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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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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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