Business Support in the New Forest

We bring your business together with other local businesses

We run business support events to help your business grow

We are your voice and lobby on issues for local businesses

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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.

NFBP became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2020. This means we are an independent company, delivering business support 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 we work in partnership 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 Events

We have a really useful programme of business support and networking events, open to everybody and aimed at providing training for 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.

Forthcoming Events

New Forest Business Book Club

Join us – with a cup of tea or coffee – for the first meeting of the New Forest Business…

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New Forest Business Support Hour

Join us for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to update each other on how our businesses are progressing…

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Chamber of Solutions – Innovation in a Net Zero Economy

This FREE Chamber of Solutions event focuses on developing innovation with an emphasis on green recovery, clean growth and natural…

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New Forest Business Support Hour

Join us for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to update each other on how our businesses are progressing,…

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New Forest Business Support Hour

Join us for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to update each other on how our businesses are progressing,…

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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 – Planning your online marketing activity, 23 September 2020

Do you need a website? Should you be on FaceBook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (insert the social media platform of the day)? That all depends on what you are trying to achieve. The answer to these questions and your entire Digital and Social Media plan come from taking a holistic view of marketing for your business.…

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Business Support Hour – building and maintaining relationships in an online world, 16 September 2020

Working virtually, and managing relationships remotely, is here to stay at least in some form. Whether liaising with clients, customers, suppliers, our teams, or our matrix network (those who help us build and grow our business), building and maintaining great relationships is key. How do we do this best virtually? What tools and techniques could…

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Business Support Hour – using your website to connect with your market, 9 September 2020

Your website is a core part of your online presence – in this presentation as part of our series of events on improving your online engagement, Rob Dewing of Northerwood Websites talks through some tips on how to make your website engaging and easy to use for your prospective customers.

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News from our Board

Our NFBP Advisory Group met on 24 September 2020 and received presentations from Simon Eden on the work of the Southern Policy Centre and from Paul Walton of the New Forest National Park Authority on Green Recovery.

At our meeting on 19 November 2020, we discussed support for local businesses during the second lockdown, including our concerns for mental health and wellbeing with personal life impacting on business and business impacting on personal life for local business owners. NFBP is very concerned to give practical support to local business owners and their employees at this challenging time, including making sense of the various grant funding and furlough opportunities. We are also campaigning for "the excluded" - directors of local businesses who have received no support or grant funding. Finally, NFBP is reminding local businesses that the UK Transition period is about to end and has arranged a training event in January to support local businesses.

 

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