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Matt's role at NFDC is all about local business, "We have an amazing 8,000+ businesses here in the New Forest. It's my job to support them, because it is vital that businesses in the New Forest are successful."

Local businesses provide job opportunities for local people, buy local goods and services and produce products for residents and visitors.

I work to attract new businesses and I make sure that existing companies have the information and support they need to grow, take on new staff, and improve their business. I also look to match local school and college leavers with growing businesses, so that our young people have opportunities to live and work where they grew up.

One highlight for me is the annual New Forest Brilliance in Business Awards. I love hearing about business successes in the New Forest and meeting the inspiring finalists.

Supporting a business to grow and succeed can be a long process, but hearing that the advice I have been able to give has helped a business to grow, recruit new staff, provide opportunities for school leavers or receive funding makes me feel that I have made a real difference.

Matt - Our Economic Development manager 

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Updated: 14 Mar 2018
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