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 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 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 10 June

On Wednesday 10 June, we will discuss business insurance. The insurance industry has come in for its fair share of…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 17 June

On Wednesday 17 June, we will discuss recent changes to business pages on social media, with NFBP member Rebecca Wade…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 24 June

On Wednesday 24 June, we welcome David Peers from Archie Consulting, who specialise in cyber security, cyber essentials, education, information…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 1 July

On Wednesday 1 July, we welcome NFBP members Ruth Baker from Simply Safer and Julie Brown from JayBee Safety to…

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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 – Defurloughing your staff, 13 May 2020

This week’s Business Support Hour presenter was Heidi Roper of ViewHR who discussed what we need to consider when bringing staff back off furlough.   To view Heidi’s presentation slide please click here.

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Business Support Hour – Wills and Powers of Attorney, 6 May 2020

Presentation by Sue Carter and Amber Cuff of Ross Carter Solicitors on the the role of wills and Powers of Attorney in protecting your business.  

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Business Support Hour – Moving your business online. 29 April 2020

Today’s presentation from Kate Bell of Zip Us In talks about the success of her business venture and shares tips for moving your business over to online sales. Click below to view a video of the presentation.  

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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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