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

Photo: Dave Dodge Photography

What does NFBP do?

The New Forest Business Partnership supports all New Forest businesses large and small and increases the opportunities for you to grow. 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 September 2020. This means we are now an independent company, focused on business support for the New Forest business community. We have always been a not-for-profit organisation, but by becoming a CIC, we are able to receive funding to help us support you and your business.

Our Board of Directors are all volunteers with a passion for supporting local businesses and helping our local economy grow. We also have an Advisory Group which represents 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 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 correct 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 programme of business support and networking events, open to everybody and aimed at providing training for businesses across a variety of essential skills. Currently, all 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 Support Hour – Wednesday 4 November

Join us – with a cup of tea or coffee – for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 11 November

Join us – with a cup of tea or coffee – for an informal virtual networking meeting! An opportunity to…

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New Forest Business Support Hour – Wednesday 18 November

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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 – 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

Our NFBP Advisory Group met on Thursday 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.

 

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