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Local business events and networking

Businesses in the New Forest can benefit from a wide range of local business events and networking opportunities.

Networking with other small business owners is a powerful way of building your business and overcoming isolation. It can also be  a low-cost marketing method for developing opportunities and contacts.

The New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting local businesses. It brings local businesses together and hosts opportunities throughout the year to help stay informed and competitive. This can lead to useful connections, sharing of ideas, collaboration on projects and opportunities for new business.

Find out more on the NFBP website.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) offers a range of business services to its members including advice and support.

Find out more on the FSB website.

The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce holds events that provide members with the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business through networking or promotional opportunities. The Chamber also provides training and international trade services, plus a variety of membership benefits and offers.

Find out more on the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce website.

Go New Forest is a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) that delivers marketing and promotional support for the district, including the New Forest National Park, and its visitor economy businesses.

Find out more on the Go New Forest website.

Film:New Forest is an organisation partnered with Creative England that allows owners of local premises to offer their facilities for filming locations. It also aims to deliver a network of businesses within this sector to share best practice and opportunities.

Find out more about filming in New Forest or visit the Film:New Forest website.

New Forest Marque is a local food and produce scheme set up by New Forest Produce Ltd. It champions businesses that produce food, drinks and craft with clearly defined New Forest provenance.

Find out on the New Forest Marque website.

The Commoner's Defence Association (CDA) support commoners and their animals grazing on the open forest. 

Find out more about the CDA on the Real New Forest website.

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