Great initiatives supporting local businesses in the New Forest

Here are two organisations that exist to provide support, ideas, direction and much more for local businesses – the New Forest Marque and the New Forest Business Partnership. Both organisations have given me sound advice in the past and without the hard work of the people who drive these groups, many New Forest producers and service providers might not be here today.

New Forest Marque

Supporting local produce is more important now than ever – not only among locals but nationally too. The New Forest Marque is a brilliant local food and produce scheme set up to champion businesses who pride themselves on producing and providing food, drinks and craft with clearly defined New Forest provenance.

The team at New Forest Marque work to protect, encourage and promote traditional and unique farming traditions and practices, which help to fashion the iconic and beautiful landscape and environment found in the New Forest.

Benefits of New Forest Marque membership include:

  • Inclusion in the annual local produce guide and a dedicated website listing
  • Reduced pitch fees for events like the New Forest & Hampshire County Show and Ellingham & Ringwood Show
  • Huge levels of promotional support and member networking opportunities
  • Introductions to buyers and suppliers
  • Subsidised bespoke training and individual business advice
  • Start-up support
  • Use of the New Forest Marque logo to label your produce and publicity materials
  • Access to the members’ online resource area.

There are several membership options available - to find out more email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The New Forest Business Partnership

NFBP exists to support New Forest businesses and to increase the opportunities to grow your business. NFBP is a Community Interest Company (CIC), whose Directors themselves are volunteers from local businesses.

NFBP’s Advisory Group is an influential voice for local business and brings together business owners with New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Go New Forest, New Forest Marque, New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and other partners to ensure a coordinated approach to local business support.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any business support enquiries. If they can’t help, they will connect you to someone who can.

It’s well worth signing up to the NFBP weekly business support email for news on support and networking events, many of which are free and aimed at providing training for local businesses across a variety of essential skills. 

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