The New Forest Business Show 31st May 2017

The New Forest Business Show 2017

Wednesday 31 May at Brockenhurst College – A brilliant day to do business in the New Forest

The New Forest Business Expos of 2015 and 2016 have evolved to become the new annual New Forest Business Show, incorporating the Expo plus a lot more.

This unique event celebrates a dynamic variety and quality of New Forest based products and services from a diverse range of industry sectors.

There’s something for everybody at the New Forest Business Show – from practical advice about funding and other business support to seminars with crammed with useful tips on a variety of relevant subjects, to the B2B Expo with businesses from the whole of the New Forest showcasing their products and services, to relaxed and productive networking at the networking café and enjoying fantastic eats provided by local chefs, to activities and products to try out.

Bookings to either exhibit or attend as a visitor are now open.

To find out more or to book a stand please visit the New Forest Business Show website.

Business Show

Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on the 3rd December.Small Business Saturday logo

Small Business Saturday is a national government backed scheme to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK and encourage people to do business with them.

Brand New Forest started the Small Business Saturday celebrations early by officially announcing Hythe & Dibden as Brand New Forest Village for 2017 at their Hythe Mistletoe Fayre in St John’s Street on Saturday 26 November and launched the 2017 Brand New Forest Card.

On Friday 2 December, to enable residents across the whole forest to take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer NFDC Information Offices will be offering Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on Brand New Forest cards.

On Small Business Saturday to support the campaign New Forest District Council is once again waiving car parking fees in all 51 council run car parks on 3 December to encourage both residents and visitors to shop locally. Signs will be on display in the car parks reminding shoppers that there is no parking charge.

We’ll also be celebrating this important day with a special launch promotion of the 2017 Brand New Forest Card with a ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ deal on all cards sold from our Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst and card retailers listed below on Small Business Saturday itself (3rd December):

The Great British High Street Competition!

great british high streets

The Great British High Street Competition is open and looking for nominations from England, Scotland and Wales’ best high streets. Brand New Forest is a proud supporter of this year’s competition because we want to help champion the wonderful work going on in our local New Forest high streets. This year there are even more chances to win with 10 categories, as well as the opportunity for 4 individuals to be named ‘high street heroes’.

Anyone can nominate their local high street, so if you are working in a local team or know of any business improvement districts, town teams or traders’ association that deserve the spotlight, why not enter? Or, if your local area is entering, please help them to campaign for their high street to win. Winners get the chance to receive a cash prize of up to £10,000 and a range of mentoring and training opportunities, including digital training from Google.

New to 2016, they’re also looking for store managers and employees from national or independent retailers to win a ‘high street hero’ award. If you’d like to enter or know someone who’s working hard on the high street – nominations are open on the Great British High Street website.

The categories are:

For Places:

  • Village – population between 500 to 2,500 residents
  • Local centre – precinct or parade of shops
  • Market Towns – small – population of less than 10,000
  • Market Towns – large – population between 10,000 – 30,000
  • Town Centre – population of more than 30,000
  • City Location – population of more than 200,000
  • Coastal Community
  • London
  • Rising Star – to recognise towns that are turning fortunes around

For Individuals:

  • Best store manager or employee from a national retailer / organisation
  • Best store manager or employee from an independent / small business
  • Best market manager, operator or trader
  • Best under 25 years old

For more information, please visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.
Applications close on 9 September.

Hundreds Flock to the 2016 Business Expo

Hundreds of business people visited the second New Forest Business Expo at Brockenhurst College on 3 June, where 80 local companies were showcasing their products and services.  The event was organised on behalf of the New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP) and the Brand New Forest Campaign. 

Expo stands, which ranged from food manufacturers and hotels, to renewable energy companies and private detectives, gave exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their offer, meet new customers, and develop their role in a thriving local business community.

A range of business briefings were delivered throughout the day along with tours of Brockenhurst College and demos in the New Forest Cookery School, also based on campus.


L-R: Cllr Goff Beck (Chairman – NFDC); Bob Jackson (Chief Exec – NFDC); Anthony Climpson (NFDC); Barry Rickman (Leader – NFDC); Desmond Swayne (MP – New Forest West)

Exhibitors and visitors alike were full of praise for the event and social media was alive with testimonials and positive comments:
• “Well done on a really good business exhibition – just what the local business community needs. I’m sure this event will continue to go from strength-to-strength; we will certainly be supporting you with a stand next year.”
•“Good show, great diversity of talent in the Forest.”
•“Really enjoyed my first expo! Looking forward to the next one.”
•“Great day spreading the word about our brilliant New Forest Marque producers.”
• “This was such a fantastic day for us, so worthwhile – what’s the date for next year’s Expo?”
•“We have a lot of exhibiting experience and I would like to have a conversation with you sometime about the superb manner and attitude you have in organising this expo. I wish some of the other organisers would learn a thing or two!”
• “What a successful day and fantastic event at Brockenhurst College today.”

Matthew Lawson, Chairman of NFBP and the organising Expo group, said: ”As an owner of a New Forest business myself, I was delighted we had so many local business exhibitors and visitors. It was a real demonstration of partnership, cooperation, mutual support, networking and doing business together – all in aid of the New Forest Economy. We have had nothing but positive feedback for this locally organised not for profit event to help develop local business and I thank everyone who organised and attended the Expo for their support.”

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of New Forest District Council, which supported the Expo said: “This event is becoming so important in creating a locally resilient economy as it brings together suppliers, businesses, retailers, and trades people from across the New Forest to do better business together. The District Council is committed to helping local business grow, which is one of our key priorities and when I visited the Expo I was thrilled to see that the event has continued to build on last year’s success.”

View the full gallery of images here

New Forest Business Expo – Friday 3 June

Following last year’s highly successful inaugural New Forest Business Expo at Berthon Marina in Lymington, we’re delighted that this year’s Expo will be held at Brockenhurst College on Friday 3 June, which has great accessibility and offers fantastic  facilities.expo

The focus of this unique event is to  celebrate a dynamic variety and quality of New Forest based products and services from a diverse range of industry sectors.

It’s a superb opportunity for you as an exhibitor to showcase your business to a large number of business visitors, meet and network with other exhibitors, gain valuable business tips and make new contacts, all in one great day.

As a visitor, you can attend the Expo free and make great use of your time –  discover the wealth and diverse array of businesses which are based in and do business in the New Forest, at a  prominent venue with excellent transport links and parking facilities.

Throughout the day there will  informative and relevant sessions presented by engaging industry speakers, with time for questions and discussion.

Quality refreshments at sensible prices will be available at throughout the day.  High quality New Forest products will also be available to view, sample and buy.

For more information please visit the website:

Brand New Forest Winners at Brilliance In Business Awards

Brand New Forest member businesses Win at Brilliance In Business Awards

The New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards took place last night (Thursday 26 November) where 24 other New Forest businesses also celebrated their successes at the tenth annual Business Awards. 8 of those businesses won awards, which were presented by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, President of the New Forest Business Partnership

Matthew Lawson, Chairman of New Forest Business Partnership, commented: “This year we enjoyed a record number of entries but every year there is an increased enthusiasm, optimism and greater admiration for the entrepreneurial spirit of the New Forest business community.”

Greenclose Hotels Ltd (Montagu Arms & Careys Manor) were won The Brockenhurst College Award for Training & Development and were crowned 2015/16 Business of the Year, New Forest VW Campervan Hire won the ExxonMobil Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Handmade New Forest won The RBS Award for Contribution to the New Forest Community and Hire A Twizy won the Outstanding Contribution to the Brand New Forest Campaign Award.

Click here to find out who all the winners were.

BIBA Winners

Autumn Offers Booklet

The Autumn Brand New Forest offers booklet is being drafted for publication mid September.

The deadline for any new/amended offers for inclusion in the Autumn offers booklet is Friday 4th September.

To update your Brand New Forest offer please email us.


Presentation Skills for Business Workshop – 16th September 2015

Presentation Skills for Business Workshop – 16th September 2015

The “Doing Better Local Business” programme helps local businesses to become smarter, greener, more efficient and better able to access the support available to them. With is in mind, New Forest Business Partnership are offering a presentation skills workshop in Ringwood on the evening of Wednesday 16th September 2015.

The workshop, will be run by Kirstie Davis who has been the Artistic Director at Forest Forge Theatre Company for six years. As well as supporting emerging artists, championing new writing and directing highly acclaimed plays she also delivers workshops to managers, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Her workshop ‘Finding Your Stage Presence – for business’ gives those people who are required to deliver presentations or speak in public the tips and skills that actors use in their performances. The workshop will cover various topics including, exercises to overcome stage fright, using and projecting your voice, and how to engage with your audience.

Find out more and book your place.