New Forest Business Partnership and New Forest District Council provide business lifelines with support, events and grants
In ongoing challenging times for businesses struggling with the logistics of managing funding, furlough and staff mental health issues for starters, it can be comforting just to share concerns (a problem shared is a problem halved) and benefit from others’ experience and skills. If you join in their various friendly support forums you’ll find yourself offering your own expertise too.
There are two main lines of support for New Forest businesses and in case you’re not already hearing from them here’s a brief introduction to both. Sign up now below to their respective weekly e-newsletters which will keep you in the loop!
New Forest Business Partnership
New Forest Business Partnership, now a fully fledged Community Interest Company (CIC), supports businesses of all shapes and sizes however tiny and indeed its weekly support hour on a Wednesday at 3pm on Zoom has been a lifeline through the past few months for many business owners struggling to survive these challenging times.
The weekly support hour is completely free to attend you simply register on the NFBP website and will receive login details in advance of the meeting. Upcoming subjects include
There is also a range of business briefings, charged at a very low rate and offering tremendous value.
Take a look at the range of events at https://www.nfbp.org.uk/events/
To get in this loop simply sign up for the weekly e-newsletter here: https://www.nfbp.org.uk/newsletter/
New Forest District Council
New Forest District Council’s Economic Development Team works directly alongside government and key business support organisations to ensure your business is connected to the support which is so critical at this time.
The team provides a weekly business update by email with the latest information and updates on support available from NFDC, Government and relevant local partners. It covers a variety of topics in a clearly laid out format to make it easy to find the information of interest to you. It’s simple to sign up to receive at newforest.gov.uk/businessnewsletter. Updates are also provided by the team’s Twitter Feed @NFDCBizUpdates.
Grants and award schemes currently available
Kickstart Scheme for New Forest Businesses
Click here to find out more about fully funded Kickstart placements for your business. Please return your application form to NFBP as soon as possible.
Restart & Recovery and Kickstarting Tourism Grants
Click here to find out more about these grants for New Forest businesses. The deadline is next Monday 23 November 2020. Click here for a link to last Friday’s webinar on ‘Tips on Applying’.
Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme
NFDC has opened grant applications for those businesses that are legally required to close from 5 November 2020 due to the national restrictions put in place to manage coronavirus. Click here to find out more.
Crowdfunder Scheme Re-launched
Solent LEP has relaunched their Crowdfunder Solent scheme, which offers match funding for micro and small businesses in the New Forest to help you trade through lockdown. Click here to find out more
The Solent Crowdfunder scheme supported a significant number of New Forest businesses during the spring and summer before lockdown restrictions were lifted. Innovative solutions were found by a wide range of businesses to ensure they were able to trade online, and increase cash flow with commitments of goods and services to customers at a later date.
There’s up to £5,000 available for small businesses (fewer than 50 staff) and £2,000 for micro businesses (fewer than 10 staff) in the Solent area who are seeking support in challenging trading conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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