For 16 years, the New Forest Business Partnership have hosted the New Forest’s local business awards because they believe it is vitally important that we acknowledge and celebrate individuals and businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievements within their business sector or specialist area. There are 14 award categories, including 4 new categories this year, covering all areas of achievement within local business. The overall New Forest Business of the Year, sponsored this year by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, is selected from the winners of the individual categories.

Please see their dedicated page for details of the previous awards event and the winners.

This year’s Awards take place on Thursday 2 December at Brockenhurst College. You can purchase tickets for this prestigious event here.

Individuals can enter their own business or nominate another business.

Entry is open to businesses with operational premises in the administrative area of New Forest District Council and/or members of the New Forest Business Partnership. You can nominate more than one business and a business can be nominated in more than one category.

All entries should be made by 12 noon on Friday 1 October.

Shortlisted businesses will be selected in each of the award categories; those selected will be invited to discuss their application in further detail with the judging panel.

Judging will take place at Balmer Lawn Hotel between the 25th and the 29th October 2021, dates and times for individual categories are detailed below.

Please ensure your availability before submitting an application in the event that your business is shortlisted.

Shortlisted candidates will receive two complimentary tickets to the Awards.

The panel of judges, chosen for their experience and expertise, will assess all entries. Judges will be drawn from the Board of the New Forest Business Partnership and our sponsors.

Please read the Terms and Conditions prior to submitting your entry.

The Award Categories are:

The Comdata Group Award for Outstanding Customer Care

The ExxonMobil Award for Innovation

The Simpson Hilder Associates Award for Entrepreneurship

The New Forest Enterprise Centre Award for the Best New Business

The Hampshire County Council Award for Contribution to the New Forest Community

The Brockenhurst College Award for Training and Development

The Eric Robinson Solicitors Award for Young Person in Business

The New Forest Marque Award for Food and Drink

The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Visitor Economy

The New Forest National Park Authority Award for Environmental Contribution

The Forest Foot and Health Clinic Award for Health and Wellbeing

The New Forest District Council Award for Best New Forest Micro Business

The Get Set Solent Award for COVID Pandemic Business Hero

The Clever Software Group Award for Outstanding Use of Digital Technology

NFBP Business of the Year Award sponsored by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership