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Why Do Business in New Forest

Why do Business

Established in 1079 by William the Conqueror, New Forest has become home to 193,000 acres of woodland, 40 miles of coastline, and one of fifteen UK national parks. The District is a place known worldwide for its beautiful landscape, but its attractive features as a business destination is often overlooked.

The district offers strong connections to large markets with Southampton and Bournemouth in close proximity and London less than 90 minutes away by train.  Plus, with 13.5 million day trip visitors a year, and a gross disposable household income as a district consistently above the average in the UK, the local market is a real asset to any business.

The local labour force also provides benefits to enterprises. The close location of two colleges of further education (Totton and Brockenhurst) and three universities (Bournemouth, Southampton and Solent) means there is a strong supply of skilled labour nearby.

The natural resources that New Forest has on its doorstep also present many opportunities within several different sectors. Expansive coastline and dense woodland allows access to unparalleled resources for organisations.

Furthermore, the support businesses have access to in New Forest District is a real draw. Covered by two Local Enterprise Partnerships, close relationships with organisations like Enterprise First, and numerous sources of support, advice and funding is close at hand. In addition, support can be received from the District Council and National Park authority, both key drivers of local sustainable economic growth.

In short, New Forest is an area that's offers abundant access to potential markets, a strong supply of skilled labour, unique variety of natural resources, and numerous sources of business & financial support.

New Forest District is open for business!

Updated: 8 Sep 2017
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