New Forest Marque members learned social media tips and tricks at bespoke training sessions this week.

Hosted at Bartley Lodge and Burley Manor, members were welcomed by New Forest Marque Chairman Dan Parsons and enjoyed refreshments and pastries provided by New Forest Collection.

Rebecca Wade of digital marketing consultancy Purple Dog, who supports many Marque businesses, ran the sessions. Rebecca empowers business owners to take control of their online presence, helping build their confidence through social media training and coaching. Marque members were able to book two subsidised training courses: ‘Top 10 tips on marketing your produce’ and ‘Easy ways to make video content for Instagram’.

Members also recently befitted from subsidised health and safety training at Forest Lodge in Lyndhurst. Ruth Baker of food safety consultancy Simply Safer delivered a course on ‘What to expect when the inspector calls’. Ruth, a qualified teacher, has over twenty-five years experience working as an environmental health officer and was able to advise members from the perspective of both the enforcement officer and businesses.

Bespoke, subsidised training courses are among the many benefits members of the New Forest Marque enjoy. Other benefits include:

  • A listing in our Local Produce Guide
  • A dedicated page on our website
  • Reduced pitch fees for trading events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Introductions to buyers and suppliers
  • Business advice

The New Forest Marque is a membership organisation, proudly representing many areas of New Forest business, including food and drink; hospitality and retail; crafts, art, trees and education. The organisation is constantly expanding its membership of people dedicated to championing New Forest produce and good provenance. Anything bearing the distinctive logo is grown, reared, brewed, produced or processed in the New Forest.

The Marque would love to hear from local producers, email us at

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