THE Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) chairman visited Salisbury this week to meet with members and discuss the city's small and recovering businesses.

Chairman Mike Cherry visited the city on Wednesday (September 19) to talk to FSB members about their resilience and progress following the recent nerve agent incidents, which had detrimental effects on their small businesses.

Mr Cherry said: “It was good to meet some of our members in Salisbury and talk to them about how they have coped over the last six months.

"Like any community recovering from a damaging situation, the balance is fragile and where customers have changed their habits during the time of uncertainty, it’s difficult to attract them back.

“That said, Salisbury is a gem of a city and is using the experience to look at how it can re-emerge as a stronger, fitter version of itself.”

The chairman spoke to representatives from various businesses including Crystals, Martin & Co, Pritchetts Family Butchers and Casafina, as well as chairing a meeting with Salisbury's business leaders to address obstacles that stop high street businesses from thriving.

To end his visit to Salisbury, Mr Cherry chaired a meeting with self- employed FSB members to address their business- related issues, followed by an evening barbecue where he was given the opportunity to update members on policies that FSB are currently influencing government on.

FSB's recently launched High Streets Hub outlines what government should be doing to support small retailers, including freeze business rates from April 2019, increase free parking, improve investments in local roads, and allow small firms who have multiple properties to receive Small Business Rate Relief.

Mr Cherry added: “Salisbury has exciting plans to make the most of its unique and iconic historical and natural assets and vibrant community of independent shops and businesses.

"Working together in partnership, Salisbury’s leaders have an opportunity to make Salisbury a resounding success story.”