Independent businesses across the city are taking part in Indies Week, an initiative by Salisbury BID to encourage residents and visitors to support local independent businesses this week and beyond.

The annual event, which is running from Monday July 1 to Sunday July 7, as part of the Salisbury: Your City of Independents Campaign, is a rallying call for everyone to recognise the significance of independent retailers and their positive impact on the local economy

With their unrivalled community spirit and dedication to delivering exceptional products and services, independent businesses play a vital role in shaping the unique character of Salisbury.

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Sarah Hayden, owner of the lady’s fashion store Conker Boutique on The Maltings which offers “Different brands and styles that are not available in high street stores”

Sarah is an advocate for the breadth of independent businesses in Salisbury,

“It's the fabric of this city, and it’s a lovely city, and the passion and the inventiveness and intuitive attitude of the independent businesses are what keep this city differing from other cities”

Sarah is a fan of Indies Week and thinks Salisbury BID are good at promoting awareness of small businesses, “we’re lucky to have that” she told the Journal.

Salisbury BID describe the event as dedicated to celebrating and supporting the vibrant community of independent retailers in Salisbury.

During Indies Week 2024, participating businesses will be dressed in hand-painted windows in collaboration with artist Michele Millidge. Exclusive offers will be available, which can be found in leaflets available in stores and the Information Centre.

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When spending more than £20 at participating businesses, customers will receive a free City of Independents tote as part of the campaign

Gallery 21, of Salisbury’s Market Square, are also participating in the campaign.

They are an independent, multi-award-winning gallery, which host monthly exhibitions across a full annual schedule.

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Owner Trevor Horswell says they provide “have every genre available that you can think of and price brackets to match”.

Trevor believes businesses have been resilient in Salisbury, bouncing back from various trials and tribulations such as Novichok and coronavirus, and that independent shops provide something you can’t get anywhere else.

“To get that proper finishing touch, the personal service, you need to be face to face with another human and there’s some great independent shops here”

A stone’s throw away on Fish Row, Maul’s Cheese and Wine Bar are also participating in this year’s Indies Week.

Described as a “cheesemonger, wine merchant, and hospitality venue” by owner Andy Maul, Maul’s is Salisbury’s only wine and cheese bar, which also serves charcuterie.

Andy believes the independent scene in Salisbury is credible; “It’s vibrant, it’s a scene which is on the up, and I think there’s a lot of good independents open in Salisbury that we should be proud of”

Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury BID, emphasised the importance of supporting independent businesses, stating, "Salisbury's independent retailers are the lifeblood of our community. They offer a unique and diverse range of products and services, and by choosing to shop local, we contribute to the sustainability and growth of our high street.

For more information, got to Experience Salisbury’s website or @experiencesalisbury on social media, and use #yourcityofindependents to share your experiences during the event.