Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury’s businesses spread shop local messages around the city centre

4th June 2020

With less than 2 weeks to go until non-essential retail shops are permitted to reopen, Salisbury’s shops have come together to spread very important messages across the city centre.

Salisbury BID has teamed up with Michele Millidge, a local artist, who is busy painting ‘shop local’ messages in windows across the city centre.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kinda the same thing” is just one of the messages that has appeared.

The quotes are accompanied with a rainbow and #ShopSalisbury – a campaign Salisbury BID is launching to encourage local people to shop locally.

As shops are preparing to re-open in the coming weeks, Salisbury BID is emphasising the importance of shopping locally. Now more than ever, local businesses really do need the support from our local community.

Kara Rogers, Marketing & Communications Manager of Salisbury BID, said: “We’re working hard with our partner organisations to make sure the city centre is clean and safe for residents and visitors, but also welcoming and vibrant. We want to ensure people have a pleasant experience when visiting, so they’ll come back time and time again to support our businesses.

“We’re launching a #ShopSalisbury campaign to encourage local people to shop locally, and as part of the campaign Michele has kindly offered her time free of charge to spread this very important message across the city.

“Businesses have told us the support they’re receiving from local people is overwhelming, and we hope the messages on the windows will inspire people to continue to shop local and do their bit to save our city centre.”

Michele Millidge said: “As a local resident, I’m so passionate about Salisbury and I want to see it thrive. When I came up with the idea of spreading ‘shop local’ messages through window art, I reached out to the BID for their support. I hope the messages will remind people to support local businesses, but I also hope they will put a smile on people’s faces and bring a little bit of joy to their day as they walk by.”

The Future Salisbury Place Board Partnership, which includes Salisbury BID, Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council and other city stakeholders, is continuing to work hard to make plans to support the city’s economic recovery.

Salisbury city centre businesses can get involved with the window art campaign by contacting Salisbury BID.