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Business support and advice

The economic development team is your first point of contact if you need advice or permissions from the council but don't know where to start.

We can help guide you through the range of council services that your business may need to contact. 

We are also here to help New Forest businesses wishing to start, grow and improve their productivity. There are many different business support options and different routes to take depending on the stage and type of business, your growth plans and the support you require. 

Contact our economic development team by phone on 023 8028 5735 or by email to

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Businesses in the New Forest can benefit from receiving information on District Council services and its partners.

Support for our businesses with rising costs

With rising costs for businesses, business owners and their staff, we are working with local partners to help residents and business through this difficult time.

Organisations to support existing businesses

Where to find help and advice to grow and support your business.

Starting a new business

Support, advice and useful organisations for start-up businesses.

Grants and loans for existing businesses

Ways that existing businesses can apply for financial support.

Council initiatives and events to support local businesses

Our economic development service, manages or works with partners to deliver initiatives in support local businesses and the local economy.

Filming in the New Forest

Apply for permission to make film, TV or student productions on public land.

Consultation with Business Rate payers

We are surveying business rate payers to gather their views on the priorities for the Council's budget.

Employment, skills and training support

Information on training and apprenticeships for employers and employees.

Local economy data

Read our economic development strategy plus facts and figures about the New Forest's economy.

Businesses developing export markets

Advice and support for businesses that export goods and service abroad.

Support for businesses in specific sectors

Support and information for different types of business in New Forest.

Procurement opportunities

How to become a supplier to the council and submit tenders for contracts.

Primary Authority Partnerships

The PAP scheme is a legally recognised partnership between us and your business.

Council services for business

We provide a wide range of services to support local businesses.

Local business events and networking

Find business advice, support and contacts via organisations in the New Forest.

Contact Economic Development

Whatever the size or age of your business, or if you are taking the first tentative steps to being self-employed, our Economic Development team are here to help your business thrive.

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