Shoppers in Dorset are being urged to support small businesses as they face fresh uncertainty heading into the crucial festive trading period.

Organisers of this weekend’s Small Business Saturday have called for a significant show of support and to use the annual event as a chance to recognise the contribution of independent businesses to communities during lockdown.

Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday, said: “We all need to show small businesses our love this weekend. Not only do they make a massive contribution to our economy, but an immeasurable difference to all our lives.

“Despite demonstrating incredible entrepreneurialism and agility, alongside the support they’ve shown staff, customers and communities, many are still facing a really tough time.

“Small Business Saturday is a fantastic chance to get behind these firms and say a big ‘thank-you’ for how amazing they are.”

We asked you, our readers, which small business was your favourite. Here's who you suggested - and see ALL the businesses here

Why not visit one of these businesses near you this weekend to show your support.

Add your favourites to the comments below.


  • Nadder and Wylye, Southbourne
  • Gifts from The Boat House
  • Haberdasherdo, Southbourne
  • Dane and Port Deli, Westbourne
  • Countrywide Flooring, Bournemouth
  • Little Pickle Deli Cafe, Boscombe
  • Food on the Loose, Christchurch Road
  • Southbourne Cards, Southbourne
  • Nan's Place, Bournemouth
  • The Letterbox, Westbourne
  • Websters Butchers, Winton
  • Flaming Nora's, Bournemouth
  • Little Perth, Southbourne
  • Flat White, Tuckton
  • Cherries Cafe
  • The Hygge Home
  • Binnie's Cafe
  • Chocol8, Westbourne


  • The Emporium, Saxon Square
  • Chris Watson Family Butchers, Highcliffe
  • Dorset Sunshine Cider



  • Studio Poole
  • Milly's Florist
  • Emma's Sewing Makes
  • Duo Hair design
  • Entoyment Wargaming and Hobby Centre
  • Mammy's Baps
  • Truly Scrumptious
  • Sandbanks Brewery

East Dorset

  • Stones Butchers in Ferndown
  • Fiery Fox candles
  • Willow Floristry, Verwood
  • Webb's Butchers, West Moors
  • Beaucroft Beverages, Wimborne


  • Bare Necessities, Wareham
  • Leonards of Swanage
  • Jar of Wishes, Wool
  • Chococo, Swanage
  • Pursenalities