Where ideas are nothing new

Salisbury is a city of independents.  

For over 800 years, Salisbury has celebrated innovation and our independent businesses continue to bring originality to the city to this very day and a unique high street offer you won’t find anywhere else. 

There is a strong independent community, with over 200 indie businesses across the city centre offering the highest quality products and services. From specialist retail shops to award-winning family-run restaurants, our diverse range of independent businesses proudly offer an array of products and services, specialist expert knowledge, value for money and exceptional customer service.  

Find listings for Salisbury businesses right here at Experience Salisbury

Salisbury Queen Street businesses

Thinking about launching a new business? Join us!  

There are many reasons why Salisbury is the perfect city to open a new business.... 

  • We were named the UK’s top bounce back city by Ipsos MORI in 2021 
  • Our vacancy rates are lower than the regional and national average 
  • Salisbury topped the Sunday Times’ Best Places To Live guide in 2019, with the paper saying the city "remains a divinely attractive and welcoming place" 
  • Salisbury has great road and rail links to other parts of the country 
  • Salisbury has one of the best internet services in the country. In 2020, the city became the first in the UK to have universal access to ultra-fast fibre broadband which means that Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology is available to 20,000 households and businesses
  • A modern medieval city with top-class attractions, including Salisbury Cathedral, that bring visitors from around the world  
  • It’s a great place to live! Top schools and healthcare, amazing countryside, an active sports community and strong arts and culture scene

See why you should relocate to Salisbury here

Salisbury High Street

Where can I find more information to help open a business in Salisbury? 

We’ve put together some handy links to find the information you need.

Wiltshire Council

Economic information and business support

Wiltshire Council’s Business Support Directory

Licences and permits (pavement licences and street trading etc)  

Business rates info, including small business relief and COVID funds. 

Trading Standards

Strategic Procurement Hub, with tender opportunities. 

Clinical, hazardous and commercial waste disposal information  

Future High Streets Salisbury – details of plans to reshape the city.  

Salisbury Centre Area Framework, an overarching strategy to help shape the future of the city centre. 

Connecting Wiltshire, for travel information.

Work Wiltshire is a portal for employment/apprenticeship options for businesses.

Henderson's Artisan Bakery, one of Salisbury's award-winning independents

Business support organisations 

The Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub offers business support, events and workshops. It’s also worth signing up to their newsletter.  

The Federation of Small Businesses for business support, offering business services including advice, financial expertise and support. 

The Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, business support and events in Salisbury.

Governmental support  

Tools and guidance for businesses, from tax info to rates. 

Finance and support

Government backed start-up loans

Salisbury BID 

Salisbury BID is a business funded not-for-profit that champions local businesses, working to support their needs and offer support and advice. 


Learn more about Salisbury City Council services.

Use Salisbury’s new Traditional Original brand to promote your new business. The website is full of useful resources here.

Once you do launch your new business, Experience Salisbury is here to promote your offer!

Get listed on the site. Promote your events. Advertise for employees. You can do it all here! 

Salisbury business news...

30 Jun 2021

Only in Salisbury

Salisbury is a city that values craftsmanship. We encourage and celebrate independent businesses that trade in Salisbury provenance, in the craft and care that are the signatures of our city. We've put together some of the handcrafted gems that you'll only find in Salisbury.

Work in Salisbury

Salisbury has a history of innovation and those wanting to continue the tradition of invention don’t need to look far for inspiration. Our major employers push boundaries and, from an historic city, they create the future.

Relocate to Salisbury

World-class attractions, unique independent shops, top quality schools, a comradely spirit and stunning scenery: Salisbury has it all. Come join us!


Specialising in the unique, the quirky and the eccentric, Salisbury offers a unique shopping experience and an opportunity to discover things you wouldn’t find on any other high street.


Whether you are looking for paid or unpaid opportunities, we have them waiting for you in our Traditional Original city.

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