Toggle menu

Council initiatives and events to support local businesses

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

Current initiatives are listed here and provide information and links to see how your business can benefit.

New initiatives and opportunities to work with the council and its partners will be publicised in our business support enews letter. You can sign up to receive it at  Sign up to the Business Support eNewsletter

On this page:

The New Forest Business Boost Programme

The New Forest 'Businesses Boost' Programme was supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within a collaborative project between Isle of Wight Council (The Lead Partner) and New Forest District Council called 'Rural Productivity Hubs and Spokes'.  

New Forest 'Business Boost' was aimed at improving the productivity of businesses through a programme of short courses and mentoring support. 

There was no cost to participating businesses, except a commitment to attend 12 hours of workshop and mentoring sessions, over the two months of the selected cohort.  

The New Forest 'Businesses Boost' Programme has now ended. For updates on other business support initiatives from us and from partners, please sign-up to our business enews..

The New Forest Shop Doctor Programme 2024

New Forest District Council's 'New Forest Shop Doctor' is back for 2024 and independent retail and hospitality businesses across the district are encouraged to take part, whether they are in towns, villages or small shopping parades. 

The Shop Doctor providers a rare opportunity for independent retail and hospitality businesses to see their business as their customers do and learn how to enhance their experience so they keep coming back.   

You can find out more about the Shop Doctor programme at The New Forest Shop Doctor Programme

For updates on future programmes, please sign-up to our business enews..

The New Forest Start a Business Support Programme 

Whether you are thinking of becoming self-employed or have a business idea that you would like to explore, or are looking for ways to increase your turnover, grow your existing business or just do things more efficiently, our free support could be perfect for you. 

Find out more about The New Forest Start a Business Support Programme.

For updates on other initiatives to support your business, please sign-up to our business enews. 

Film:New Forest

A million possibilities; one unique place. The New Forest is a beautiful part of the country and is well known as a popular tourism destination, but the area is not in fact new, isn't all forest, and many will be surprised at the variety of filming possibilities and locations available here.

The district is famed for its untouched woodland and far-reaching heathland, but alongside this is settings of vast coastline, historic buildings, flowing rivers, picturesque roads, industrial sites, bygone villages, free-roaming animals, and much more.

In addition to the primary aim of encouraging spend on local goods and services this project, developed by us and our partners, seeks to deliver the following benefits:

  • opportunities for owners of local premises to offer their facilities for filming locations
  • a network of businesses within this sector to share best practice and opportunities
  • engagement with local students to provide career opportunities and improve skills
  • development of best practice to ensure that filming which takes place does not negatively impact the natural landscape

For further details, see our dedicated Film: New Forest project website.

Broadband Infrastructure

We are supporting The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme, managed by Hampshire County Council. 

Project Gigabit is the government programme to deliver gigabit capable broadband across the UK by 2030.

The latest documents set out a proposed procurement pipeline for Phases 1 and 2 with modelled premises numbers, multi-million-pound investments and target timelines to reach communities from Northumberland to Cornwall that would otherwise be left behind. 

Hampshire is in Phase 1B of the procurement timeline with procurement documents expected to be issued at the end of April 2022. 

More information can be found on the Hampshire Superfast Broadband website.  

Share this page

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by email