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New Forest firms face ‘cliff edge’ with estimated £200m lost in visitor economy

TOURISM chiefs in the New Forest welcomed a government help package but warned the local visitor economy has lost out on up to £200m and some firms are still not getting help. Chancellor Rishi Sunak...
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Lidl says sorry to customers angry at ‘Covid safety failures’

A DISCOUNT supermarket chain has apologised after shoppers complained its New Milton branch was not enforcing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. New Milton Town Council and the local residents’ association both received reports...
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‘Shop local, save jobs’ – campaign for business bounce-back

A CAMPAIGN has been launched in Lymington to encourage people to use their local retailers in a bid to reboot the economy. Civic group the Lymington Society came up with the “shop local, save jobs”...
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Forest Kitchen adds to village high street’s shopping menu

BROCKENHURST’S parish council chairman was one of the first customers at a newly opened food shop as the village looks to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. Cllr Pete Wales was at the head of...
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Four New Forest towns named on Aldi’s development hit-list

FOUR New Forest towns are on the development hit-list of discount grocery chain Aldi, it has revealed. Lymington, New Milton, Ringwood and Totton are being investigated by the German company for locations to open new...

Mystery donor pledges to pay market traders’ pitch fees

A SECRET donor has given Lymington traders a boost by paying their pitch fees for the market on Saturday. The contribution is coming from a retired local businessman who contacted the town council, which runs...

‘Time to get to the shops’ – Forest MP’s rallying cry to help reopened...

A RALLYING cry has come from a New Forest MP for shoppers to dig deep as non-essential stores across the district reopened their doors this week after nearly three months. Following the government go-ahead for...

Forest firm’s 50% staff boost during lockdown

A NEW FOREST finance firm has bucked the national trend by boosting staff numbers by 50% during the lockdown. Dawsongroup Finance, based in Ringwood, has hired four new staff – three business development managers and...

How Vicky caught a break when the chips were down

LIKE many business owners Vicky Webster feared lockdown would prove disastrous. But with a loyal clientele and by embracing the digital world, her Christchurch chip shop – Captain Cod – has been busier than...

Outdoor attractions putting special measures in place as they welcome visitors

BUSINESSES and attractions are putting special measures in place as they welcome back outdoor visitors for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. Among those partially reopening in the New Forest are Buckler’s Hard village,...
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