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.

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!

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. We will set up virtual events whenever possible and post further updates when available. Keep in touch by signing up to our eNews at the link on the header.

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

NFBP Marketing Support Virtual Presentations

NFBP hosted its first online meeting on Thursday 26th March. The focus of the meeting was to provide marketing support in light of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 outbreak. Over 20 members attended and heard presentations from four marketing experts in various areas of marketing and communications. These were: Communications & messaging (Vicky Ryce,…

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Covid-19 Workshop

NFBP marketing support virtual meeting – Thu 26 Mar @3pm

Thursday March 26, 2020 03:00 PM Join us! We are hosting a virtual tutorial covering 4 aspects of marketing. An online meeting where you can ask questions, receive guidance and acquire skills to aid your businesses communication and marketing during the Coronavirus outbreak. Free to join, we are bringing together 4 key marketing disciplines to…

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The Living Room – Dementia Project @spudWORKS

NFBP member SPUD needs help to raise funds for a new project at their base in spudWORKS, Sway. The Living Room is a workshop space, purpose designed and equipped to offer people living with dementia, and their families, the opportunity to work creatively with artists. It aims to offer a positive, safe and pleasant environment…

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Forthcoming Events

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News from the Board

Our next Board meeting is at Fawley Waterside on 12 March 2020, when we will find out more about this exciting new development in the New Forest. We will discuss funding bids to support New Forest businesses and have updates from our partners on their work to support our local businesses. We will also continue our work on the Future Shape of NFBP and discuss how we can expand our business support.

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