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 weekly business support email and our social media 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 NFBP and NFDC.

You can email us at if you have any business support questions. 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 eNews.

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!

Keep in touch by signing up to our weekly business support eNews.

With at least two online and face-to-face events each month, there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet other local businesses and learn from a local expert in order to help your business to recover, revive, survive and grow! 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 face-to-face events calendar is suspended until the end of September, but we have our weekly virtual meeting, the New Forest 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 business support eNews.

Forthcoming Events

New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 23 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 30 September

You know how when you Google for a business and their company detail appears in a box on the right…

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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 – Commercial Finance, 29 July 2020

Sandeep Sesodia of MGPS Finance talks about the factors to consider when seeking extra finance to support or develop your business. Run as a question and answer session, there were pointers on how to prepare your case to a potential lender, what role your accountant should play in helping you to present your business finances…

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Business Support Hour – Customer Excellence post lockdown, 22 July 2020

What does the easing of lockdown mean for how you operate, what preparation needs to take place and what needs to happen to ensure that customers like the experience? This presentation covers a number of things your business should consider including safety, and looks at the factors that will ensure the business is able to…

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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 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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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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