Retail

Celebrating Dorset: New online marketplace is devoted to all things made in our great county

A new online marketplace dedicated solely to goods and produce from Dorset has officially launched – just in time for Christmas. Designed in Dorset -... READ MORE »

That's what best friends are for - Marnie, 11, becomes first purchaser of 'cool' new gift card

An 11-year-old has become the very first purchaser of the new Bournemouth Town Centre Gift Card. Marnie Dodd decided the new card would be a great 13th birthday idea for... READ MORE »

Family business prepares to celebrate its centenary with two national awards

A family business which celebrates its centenary next year has landed two national awards. Electrical goods retailer Dacombes of Wimborne won the 'Turning Point Award'... READ MORE »

Flashback - Our 2019 interview with Tony Brown: "Do I think Beales has a future? I’d hardly have bought the company if that wasn’t the case."

Tony Brown is a man who likes a challenge – and by any standards he’s got a mighty big one turning around Beales in what can best be described as a retail storm. The... READ MORE »

In honour of mum: sisters are joined by dad to open new Cancer Research UK Weymouth shop

Two Weymouth sisters opened Cancer Research UK’s new store in the town in a poignant move to honour their mum who passed away from the disease. Danielle Baber, 27, and... READ MORE »

Thousands of jobs saved as Hays Travel agrees to buy all 555 Thomas Cook stores around UK

A company which acquired Dorset-based Bath Travel six years ago has agreed to buy all 555 Thomas Cook stores around the UK. The move, by Sunderland-based Hays Travel, is... READ MORE »

Challenging retail climate and one-off costs lead to worsening losses of £3.2m at Beales

An "exceptionally challenging" retail climate and several one-off costs saw store group Beales go into the red by more than £3m in its last financial year. Annual... READ MORE »

Going live - 'Fantastic' new Bournemouth Town Centre Gift Card is officially launched

Bournemouth's new gift card scheme has officially gone live. Holders of the card will now be able to use the card to spend in the town's shops, restaurants, cafes, bars... READ MORE »

Not Just Travel to the rescue as former Thomas Cook staff are offered jobs at fast-growing firm

A fast-growing travel agency franchise has ridden to the rescue of staff caught up in the Thomas Cook collapse. Not Just Travel has offered employment to the entire team... READ MORE »

Plastic taken to the cleaners as UK's largest domestic laundry firm commits to reduction

A Dorset business which is the UK's largest domestic laundry company has committed to reduce 'single use' plastic by 90 per cent by the end of next year. Barker's eco... READ MORE »