Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Simon Brooks and Ben Reynolds launched a new online delivery service offering Dorset’s finest food and drink.
Dorset 2 Door is a website where you can purchase produce from local independent suppliers, and Dorset 2 Door will deliver the goods to your doorstep.
The startup came to be after founders Simon and Ben exchanged the idea on WhatsApp. Following some careful planning, Dorset 2 Door initially launched on 17th May on social media, and it was so well-received that they were delivering the next day!
With an ecommerce website, their current offerings include meat, fish, baked goods, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, dairy and coffee.
All of Dorset 2 Door’s fresh products come from Oxford’s bakery, Neals and Son Butchers, Faast Fruit, Bad Hand Coffee, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, the Book and Bucket Cheese Company and Woods Fish.
Since launching, Dorset 2 Door has fulfilled more than 160 orders of food and drink products – a rapidly growing number – all of which is sourced from Dorset farms, Poole fishermen, Dorset bakers, Bournemouth coffee producers and other local suppliers.
We’ve worked together in the past on many projects but, very spookily, both said how good it would be to have such a service. We’ve created something that we will use ourselves every week.
I use many independent businesses, such as butchers, greengrocers and bakers, across my businesses and they’re the backbone of the economy.
Together, Ben and I got everything together for Dorset2Door and soft launched it on our personal social media pages on Sunday May 17. The response was amazing.
We had the first orders being delivered at 12 o’clock the following day, Monday.
The reaction has been incredible and we are only a few weeks in. We’ve been concentrating on getting the products and logistics right first, but now we are ready to push forward.
Dorset2Door is all about the quality. The produce and products are from quality suppliers, and nothing like your supermarket style goods.
Some of our suppliers have online ordering but no-one has brought them together into one service.
We’ve identified a clear gap in the market for a local, fresh and quality delivery service working with independent suppliers.Simon Brooks, co-founder of Dorset 2 Door
However, this isn’t Simon’s or Ben’s first rodeo. Simon founded Seventa Events and Innovative Hire, owns the Bournemouth Christmas Market and is the co-owner of Abbots Court Retreat & Wedding venue.
Meanwhile, Ben is also responsible for a variety of businesses, including Lost Paradise, Boogie on the Beach event, GOLD Festival and Swallow Barn.
Orders are currently delivered by Innovative Hire. However, Simon and Ben hope to have Dorset 2 Door branded vans in the near future.
We have hospitality experience, skilled teams, brilliant suppliers and the customer feedback has been amazing.
As we expand our product range but keep to the same ethos of quality, local produce, I can see Dorset2Door delivering daily across all BH postcodes and, maybe, even further afield.Simon Brooks, co-founder of Dorset 2 Door
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