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COUNTY food group Hampshire Fare is to work alongside the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to better represent businesses.

Both organisations give firms support and help raise their profiles, as well as offering events and networking opportunities.

Hampshire Fare focuses on businesses producing, serving or selling food, drink and craft from Hampshire,

Maureen Frost, director of operations for the chamber, said: ‘Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be a corporate partner of Hampshire Fare.

‘Local produce is an important part of the Hampshire economy, and with Hampshire Fare member Chocolate Craft winning the Hampshire Chamber-sponsored Small Business of the Year Award at the recent 2011 South Coast Business Awards, this is a great demonstration of the synergy between the two organisations.

‘We very much look forward to working with Hampshire Fare and their members on joint promotions and initiatives.’