Businesses in Brockenhurst are being invited to become a focal point of information for visitors and local people.
The New Forest National Park Authority is looking to recruit a business to join the network of Local Information Points throughout the Forest. They provide visitors and residents with easy access to information about the National Park and are stocked with maps, leaflets and publications about what to see and where to go.
Business owners who host a Local Information Point will receive training, support and an annual contribution of £250 from the Authority, as well as being advertised in a range of publications and websites as an information point.
The call for applicants comes at the start of Visit England’s English Tourism Week (14 to 22 March), which highlights the value of the industry to the local economy.
Ken Wilson, from Sway Deli and Coffee Shop, a Local Information Point since 2012, said: ‘Becoming a Local Information Point has helped attract people into our shop which has helped our business. We’ve also enjoyed learning more background details about the Forest and helping visitors make the most of their time in the National Park. The information and training the Authority provides are extremely helpful and supportive.’
Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the Authority, said: ‘The Local Information Point scheme has proved to be extremely successful since starting in 2008. The scheme is about recognising and supporting the great work that local businesses play in championing the New Forest and what makes it special.
‘Ideally we’re looking for a business in central Brockenhurst, which could be a shop, tea room or other premises.’
Local Information Points can be found throughout the New Forest including in Beaulieu, Burley, Hythe, Landford, Milford-on-Sea, Minstead, Sway, Woodgreen and at a former telephone kiosk in Emery Down.
For more information on how to apply to become a Local Information Point in Brockenhurst visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/LIPs to download the application pack or contact Jim Mitchell on firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, April 13.