Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

small-business-saturday-2015Small Business Saturday comes to the New Forest

This year’s Small Business Saturday takes place on the 5th December.

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. To support the campaign New Forest District Council is offering free car parking in all 51 council run car parks on 5 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.

Here in the New Forest we’ll be celebrating this important day by launching the 2016 Brand New Forest Card in Ringwood; our newly named Town of the Year. Better still, as a special launch promotion we’ll be offering a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal on all cards sold from our special stall in Market Place.

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

Ringwood – Brand New Forest Town of the Year 2016

Ringwood – Brand New Forest Town of the Year 2016

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Brand New Forest Town of the Year will be Ringwood.

Their application was selected by the Brand New Forest judging panel after much deliberation based upon their commitment to the Brand New Forest Campaign to date and the exciting plans they have for the year ahead. Anyone who shops regularly in the town will be aware of the great range of money saving Card Offers available with more being added all the time.

Ringwood will be officially launched as Town of the Year at the Christmas Fair on 5 December. Brand New Forest will be there to celebrate Small Business Saturday and launch the all new Brand New Forest Card with a special buy one, get one free deal. The Christmas Fair will include snow machines, street entertainers, fairground rides and a wide range of stalls.

The Christmas launch however is just the start of Ringwood’s year in the Brand New Forest spotlight. Just as Lymington and Burley before them, we’ll be supporting a range of events and activities throughout the year and you’ll be able to find about all of them here in

In the meantime, make sure you come to join us on 5 December, there’ll be free car parking throughout the district so we look forward to seeing you there.

Things To Do During October Half Term

Things To Do During October Half Term

With half term just around the corner (and Christmas not far off either) we have put together some Brand New Forest money saving ideas for family days out during October Half Term.

For active families we suggest trying your hand at Archery, Crossbows or Axe-throwing with Insight Activities (10% discount). Alternatively head to Avon Tyrrell UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre and buy one get one free on drop in activity sessions as well as 50% off bike hire!

You can also hire bikes from Forest Leisure Cycling (Burley) and Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst and Hythe. For those with no vertigo issues: Go-Ape at Moors Valley Country Park (Ringwood) offers a 15% discount on treetop adventures.

There are numerous attractions to visit within the New Forest; here are our top money saving picks to get you the best value for money. Liberty’s Owl Raptor & Reptile Centre in Ringwood offer £1 off each full paying adult/senior citizen or 1 child free with each full paying adult. Furzey Gardens have another great deal of 2 for 1 on entry for Brand New Forest cardholders. Beaulieu National Motor Museum offer cardholders 10% off in their Visitor Reception Shop whilst at Buckler’s Hard you can enjoy a 10% discount on cream teas from the Captain’s Café. If the weather isn’t great, don’t forget that the New Forest Centre offer buy one standard ticket for museum and get one free (and kids under 16 go free!).

The New Forest Walking Festival takes place from 17 October – 1 November, why not book onto one of the various walks and use your Brand New Forest Card for a hearty lunch or dinner afterwards? With so many different dining establishments offering a Brand New Forest deal it may be difficult to choose between them!

The Autumn Offers Booklet is out now and for a full list of Brand New Forest money saving offers please click here.

Whatever you and the family decide to do – have a great time during half term and feel free to share your photos with us on our social media pages.

Brilliance In Business Awards 2015/16

Brilliance In Business Awards 2015/16

The New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance In Business Awards launched this morning (10th September) at the South Lawn hotel in Milford on Sea.brilliance-in-business

There are seven categories which are accepting applications and nominations and Brand New Forest is once again involved and will be selecting a business for The Outstanding Contribution to the Brand New Forest Campaign award.

This award is not open to application and will be made at the discretion of our Steering Group. The award will be presented to a business which has put significant time and energy into furthering the aims and objectives of the overall campaign.

To find out more about the awards and to nominate either yourself or another business for an award please click here.

The awards presentation evening is being held at Careys Manor on Thursday 26 November at 5pm, bookings for attendance are now open.

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.

Minstead Apple Day – Saturday 12th September 2015

Minstead Apple Day – Saturday 12th September

Minstead Apple Day is on Saturday 12th September from 12.30 – 4.30pm at Minstead Study Centre. Entry is only £5 per family.

This is a family day of delights with lots of activities including a celebration of apples.

Bring your apples to be identified by our expert Chris Bird from Sparsholt College.

Your apples could be juiced in the traditional apple press (bring lots of containers!).

There will be an Apple Cake and an Apple Creature Competition for the creative ones amongst you.

Clay play, felt making, pond dipping, story telling, face painting, weaving, basket making, Morris Dancers and the Minstead raffle.

Teas on the front lawn and lots more!

The New Forest Tour – 27 June – 13 September 2015

New Forest Tour

The New Forest Tour

The popular New Forest open-top tour is operating it’s three routes across the forest and once again daily between 27 June – 13 September and each passenger will be given a temporary Brand New Forest Card to use at our participating businesses on the day of their tour!

This is fantastic promotion for all our businesses as the new Summer Offers Leaflet will also be available to passengers.

We hope, of course, that once the passengers have used their temporary card, they will wish to purchase a permanent card and continue to enjoy the great offers throughout the rest of the year!

Note to our Brand New Forest Businesses – to ensure this scheme runs as smoothly as possible throughout the duration of the Tour, please ensure all staff are aware that they may be presented with this temporary card in order to redeem an offer.


New Forest Tour

New Forest Tour

Hop on board the New Forest Tour to enjoy grandstand views of the New Forest and save money all round the district. From 28 June to 14 September 2014 you can use all three routes on the same ticket.

The Great Burley Picnic 2014

The Great Burley Picnic 2014

Burley PicnicThe first ever Great Burley Picnic will take place on 15 June 2014 in Burley Park between 11am-5pm.

Come and enjoy local picnic fare from our Burley and New Forest stalls or bring your own picnic. Special offers apply to Brand New Forest cardholders.

Free admission to Brand New Forest cardholders (2 adults per cardholder) or just £1 per person for non cardholders.

Parking: £2 in Burley Park. (Free to Brand New Forest cardholders.) Parking in New Forest District Council car park normal charges apply.

Brand New Forest Cards will be available to buy on the day.

Please bring your own picnic blankets and chairs. Craft stands and children’s activities will be available throughout the day. A marquee will be provided in the event of wet weather.

Music from:

Switch Quartet

Scarlet Swing

The Blue Tides

Food stalls include:

Jimmy Bean – Coffee & pastries, Brand New Forest Card Discount: 25% off all hot & cold drinks

The Daisy Cake Company – Tea & Cake, Brand New Forest Card Discount: 4 cakes for £5 (normally £1.50)

Crow Farm Shop – Pork Pies & Savouries

Gaddens Food – Scotch Eggs & Smoked Products

Old Farmhouse – Cake & Sandwiches, Brand New Forest Card Discount: 50p off sandwich cakes

Burley Fudge – Fudge, Brand New Forest Card Discount: buy 2 x 150g portions get 150g free

Purbeck Ice Cream – Ice Cream, Brand New Forest Card Discount: free chocolate stick worth 30p

Sopley Farm – Strawberries & Cream

Harley Sweets – Marshmallows

The Salad Box – Salad

The Crafty Crust – Cheese

The Cider Pantry – Chutney & Quiche & Scones, Brand New Forest Card Discount: 10% off branded canvas shoppers bag

New Forest Cider – Cider, Brand New Forest Card Discount: 10% off

The Burley Inn – Bar

As well as food stalls there will be a falconry display by Liberty’s Raptor & Reptile Centre, deer safari trips, facepainting, a bouncy castle & slide, games provided by the Hampshire & IOW sports Roadshow and  array of craft stalls including:

Wood carving by Landscape design (Wooden products)

Forever Living Products (Honey & Aloe Products) – Brand New Forest Card Discount: 30% off wholesale order over £50

Graham Turner (Wood turning)

Colin Fryer (Plants and Cut Flowers) – Brand New Forest Card Discount: 10% off plant sales over £10


For more information on this event, Burley and their upcoming events visit the Burley website  and get involved on Facebook on the Great Burley Picnic Facebook page.