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New Forest Business Expo: Celebrating, connecting and promoting local business

NEw Forest Business Expo 2015

On June 3rd, New Forest businesses will have the unique opportunity to exhibit at the first New Forest Business Expo.  In celebration of Lymington’s status as Brand New Forest Town of the Year 2015, the Expo will be held at Berthon Boatyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 3YL in Lymington. The venue provides a stunning backdrop within a vibrant marine setting adjacent to the Lymington Waterfront.

The event, the first of its kind in the region, aims to attract New Forest businesses from a range of sectors, including Marine, Engineering, and Hospitality. Visiting the Expo will provide business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups the opportunity to network with local businesses of all sizes, meet with industry experts and specialists, make new contacts, grow connections and demonstrate growth and entrepreneurialism in the New Forest region.

Organising partners of the event are Brand New Forest, New Forest Business Partnership, TheBestOf New Forest, Lymington Retail Group,, and Escape Yachting.  The Expo is supported by New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council.  The business to business exhibition will feature over 50 exhibitors, to help provide imaginative ideas, leads and potential future clients.  With an increasingly vibrant and ever dynamic local economy, The New Forest Business Expo will provide a superb business-friendly environment, making it a great opportunity to expand the participants’ business.

Non-exhibitors are welcome to visit the exhibition free of charge. Local entrepreneurs, business owners, company buyers and members of the public are all invited to make the most of this exclusive opportunity to view, question and connect with a wide variety of New Forest businesses.

Other attractions will include an opportunity to take a pre-arranged tour of Berthon Boatyard, a world class boat-building and refitting yard. The Expo will be supported by local celebrities and dignitaries and will also feature a reception the night before, which will be aimed specifically at apprenticeships and showcasing young talent.

Anthony Climpson, Employment & Tourism Manager at New Forest District Council said “We’ve been trying to find the right type of event to showcase local business excellence for a number of years. The New Forest has some world class marine, engineering and hospitality businesses and the concept of the New Forest Business Expo is a great opportunity to showcase their offer to regional buyers, local decision makers and the general public.  We are looking forward to working with all our partners to deliver a great show in a great location”.

The New Forest Business Expo runs between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday June 3rd.

For more information and to book exhibition places or visitor tickets visit:

There is also a dedicated twitter feed that will provide new and information in the run up to the event @NForestBizExpo

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Information for Editors

This event has been created by the following partner agencies;

Brand New Forest; is a campaign that backs the local economy and helps the community to get the most out of the unique environment of the New Forest.  Campaign programmes include:  Doing better local business, Eat & grow local, Enjoy local, Exercise local, Save energy local, Shop & Buy local & Broadband.  For further info visit:

New Forest Business Partnership;

New Forest Business Partnership (NFBP) has people in all the right places. Business members can access this network of networks and together shape and influence all local business matters.  Membership benefits include a huge events calendar, knowledge & support, campaigns on crucial topical business matters, access to members’ area, & enhanced directory listing.   For further info please visit

Berthon Marina; is a family business that has been trading continuously since 1877, from their riverside site that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. They have a large international brokerage house with offices in the UK, France, Scandinavia, Spain and the USA. They can undertake Yacht repair, offering anything from a fresh coat of antifoul, to a new teak deck, new suite of electronics or complete rebuild.

TheBestOf New Forest; is a unique gathering point for the community It started life in 2005 and over that time has grown into a household name with coverage in over 300 areas across the UK, showcasing and supporting over 30,000 Businesses. Every area is run and owned independently by a local person with a core membership of great local businesses.; is an online local business directory and hub of local information, run by local people for all who live in and love Lymington.  Its purpose is to actively promote and champion local business, to both locals and visitors.  In addition to its business directory the website contains promotional, informative and news articles, reviews, events and general information about Lymington.

Escape Yachting; is a skippered yacht charter company allowing clients to see the English coast and the Isle of Wight on a day out or weekend on the Solent. Based in Lymington, they also offer the chance to discover new destinations at home and abroad with a family-friendly, full-service worldwide charter.

Lymington Retail Group; is a group boasting a large membership in the Lymington area who look after the interests of retail business in the region. Their broad remit includes encouraging local shopping, working with councils on issues affecting retail in the region, local business to business networking – as well as working with Police on a variety of preventative retail crime measures.

Contact: Jane Porter 07782 167862 – email: