There are 11 shops and 49 businesses within the Parish of Beaulieu in addition to the agricultural enterprises and farms; these are listed at Annex 1. Between 300 and 400 people, apart from seasonal agricultural workers, are employed throughout the Parish at the height of the tourist season, from April to the end of October. The number falls to probably just over 200 in the quieter winter months. The major employer in the area is Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd which comprises the National Motor Museum complex, Buckler's Hard and the Beaulieu River. Some of the businesses are linked to motoring, notably Vintage Tyre Supplies Limited and the Beaulieu Classic Car Showrooms.
Visitors come to the area to visit the New Forest and the picturesque village, as well as the Museum attractions, and want accommodation in the area: the two hotels, the Montagu Arms and the Master Builder's House Hotel, benefit from the tourist trade, as do the bed and breakfast businesses. When day-trippers visit the village they patronise the four eateries in the High Street: the Old Bake House, The Hungry Gardener, Monty's, and Beaulieu Delicatessen; they also buy ice-creams and snacks from other shops.
At the village of Buckler's Hard, at the southern end of the Parish, the river and yachting activities are a major source of employment. The main enterprises are the Buckler's Hard Yacht Harbour, Buckler's Hard Boat Builders, Byrne Longshaw and Co (boat designers), BHG Marine, Kings Yacht Agency and the Master Builder's House Hotel. In all some 70 people are employed in the Buckler's Hard area.
Other businesses are directly related to the surrounding forest and agricultural land. Norris and Sons sell animal feedstuffs; they also stock a wide range of equestrian products. There are nurseries growing plants and trees for sale, both wholesale and retail, (Aline Fairweather Ltd and Chichester Trees). Fairweather's run a Garden Centre in the High Street which has 2 sub-tenants, Upcher and Co, and Apple Conservatories. The Countryside Education Trust, a registered charity, runs courses for both children and adults from two sites within the Beaulieu Estate; one a residential centre with a smallholding and the other a woodland study centre.