2013 was another challenging year for business, but despite the loss of some familiar names from high streets across the UK, Dorset towns have not only kept most but managed to attract a good number of exciting new independents to strengthen the retail offering across the county.

Technologically savvy businesses which have embraced online resources have fared well. New website functionality, blogs and Twitter feeds have continued to help encourage visitors and increase online traffic.

There are many forward thinking companies in Dorset founded to offer customers a better value service.

The Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a business support organisation.

The chamber represents businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the county delivering crucial services, business information and advice – visit dcci.co.uk.

Business networking groups are also held across the county offering like-minded business people, working together, the opportunity to generate more business for each other.

If you are interested in building great relationships with other business owners in the Dorset area and building your business through referrals, then perhaps now is the time to get involved.

Over the following pages you will find a range of local businesses that play a key role in the community – covering commercial property, motoring, men and women in business, and practical advice.

Businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the county are on hand to assist you, providing only the very best business advice, information and guidance.

From career guidance, construction, financial and legal services, marketing and design, manufacturing, retailers and local trades and services, there’s a wealth of businesses here in Dorset.

Support commercial enterprise in your local area.