Business Support
FREE business support for new and existing businesses in the New Forest.

Starting a business in the New Forest?

We are working with New Forest District Council to offer FREE support to New Forest residents & businesses to help them ‘start-up’ and grow their new business in 2024.

Whether you are thinking of becoming self-employed, have a new business idea that you would like to explore, or are a New Forest business that has been trading for less than three years and needs help and advice to grow and be more resilient, this support could be perfect for you.

Councillor Derek Tipp, New Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Economy and Planning said: "70 individuals and businesses benefitted from our pilot scheme in 2023, and this showed there is a huge appetite for entrepreneurship in the district. We also know that getting the right advice in the early stages of starting a business or becoming self-employed can dramatically increase the chances of success. I encourage any New Forest resident who is thinking of becoming self-employed or starting a business to contact IncuHive".

Andy Pringle, our Business Support Manager said “Getting the right advice in the early stages can dramatically increase your chances of success. IncuHive’s experienced team have already supported thousands of start-ups and we would love to help you too.”

Funding from the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund means this service is completely free of charge to New Forest residents or businesses.

The support includes ongoing 1:1 support to help you put the advice given into action and to maximize the chances of your business surviving long term.

If you would like to find out more, please ring Andy on 07817 065694 or contact him by e-mail at:

The New Forest Start a Business Support Programme is a New Forest District Council initiative funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, visit here

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