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Coronavirus Business Grants

Financial Support for Business

In response to the Coronavirus, the Government has announced it will be supporting business with grants. The grants are available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value up to £51,000 and any small business in receipt of Small Business or Rural Rate Relief.  You can request your Business Rates Support Grant online via the secure form at:

The following business grants are available to businesses which have a Rateable Value:

New Forest District Council have written to all eligible businesses. However, the letter is not essential to complete your online application providing you have your Business Rates Account Number which can be found on your most recent rates bill. 

Doing Business in the New Forest

New Forest District is a place known for its beautiful landscapes, but its attractive features as a business destination is often overlooked.

New Forest District Council's Economic Development team have launched the 'Helping Local Business Grow' scheme in light of the . The aim of the scheme is as simple as ABC -

  • Attract - highlight what this unique area has to offer to bring new business in
  • Begin - help aspiring entrepreneurs of the district realise their business ideas
  • Cultivate - support incumbent businesses to grow and achieve their potential

There are resources available to prospective, new and existing businesses in New Forest, with the business section on this website being one.

This segment will cover the business support that is available to organisations in New Forest, such as specialist organisations, facts & figures on the area, and reasons to do business here.

Free Business Support

New Forest District Council have partnered up with Enterprise First to allow New Forest residents a free one-to-one business support session at either the aspiring entrepreneurs place of work or other agreed location -

In addition, NFDC & Enterprise First have collaborated to produce a local guide for setting up a successful business. Visit to download a free pdf copy or complete a form to request a printed copy (all free!).

Updated: 2 Apr 2020
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