MyIndependent is a guide to small locally run businesses in Dorset. Buying local ensures that a lot of the money that you spend goes back into the local economy rather than going to some multi-millionaire living abroad in a tax-haven who doesn’t either deserve, appreciate or need your help. Supporting small businesses helps to add diversity and interest to the High Street and encourages you to travel to new places to enjoy a unique and superior shopping experience. There’s nothing worse than going to a new town only to discover that all the shops look exactly the same as the ones back at home.
We can’t include all small businesses in this guide. Instead we’ve chosen to include a curated selection of some of the best that we have found and businesses that would be more of interest to the casual visitor exploring the region such as coffee shops, jewellery and handicrafts, book shops, fashion boutiques and farm shops.