A DORSET-based entrepreneur has relaunched a website helping people to shop locally and support independent businesses across the county from the comfort of their own home.

Lindsay Anderson has relaunched Shop Dorset, a website packed full of products from local businesses that users can browse and buy without leaving the house.

The concept, similar to that of internet giant Amazon, is a marketplace of corner shops, bakeries, jewellers, florists and more which users can find easily in one place at a 'one-stop shop'.

A number of local businesses have already signed up to the site, including Lizzie Baking Bird of Upwey, Angel Cake Company of Poundbury Black Cow Vodka, based near Beaminster, and Honeybuns of Holwell.

Lindsay, who is originally from Hertfordshire but has lived in Dorset for more than 20 years, said: "On Shop Dorset you can enjoy shopping from the comfort of your own home or be inspired to get out and explore your local high street.

"By providing a wide range of local businesses, all conveniently gathered together in a one-stop shop, we are offering an easy and enjoyable way for shoppers to engage with local enterprises.

"Should you wish to treat yourself, a family member or a friend, you can find many unique treats within the pages of our website, just perfect for a wide range of tastes and interests."

Lindsay initially launched Shop Dorset back in 2014 and ran the site for three years until she became unwell and put the project on pause. In full health, she relaunched it in January 2021 and is keen to get as many local businesses on board as possible as we continue to face the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: "Now more than ever, people are aware of why it is so important to offer our support to these businesses. If we help them survive beyond the current problems facing the local economy, we can look forward to a future where we continue to have interesting high streets adding character to our Dorset towns and villages.

"Individually, we can make an impact with the choices we make when parting with our disposable income."

For more information, visit shopdorset.co.uk/