Salisbury's competitive brand positioning

Aimed to stimulate economic investment, attract visitors and build the reputation of the city; the new competitive brand positioning for Salisbury gives the city's leaders, businesses and stakeholders a clear focus on how Salisbury's strengths should be communicated.

Salisbury’s brand positioning also shows how the city’s offer should be developed to best enable the city to compete for investment, talent and visitors in a crowded competitive market.

View Salisbury’s brand positioning document here

The competitive positioning is the result of a project jointly commissioned in September 2018, by Salisbury BID, Salisbury City Council and VisitWiltshire, with the support of VisitBritain/VisitEngland and the Discover England Fund and Wiltshire Council.

To develop the positioning over 150 people from local business, stakeholder and partner organisations participated in workshops and interviews to share what they perceive to be the city's strengths and special qualities and also the challenges in competing with other destinations.

More than 1,000 residents, businesses, stakeholders and visitors added their thoughts through an online survey and visitor perceptions of the city were tested in a series of focus groups.

This process revealed some strong key themes; a sense of pride in the long heritage of the city, in its beauty, its tradition of craftsmanship, and the enduring spirit and ambition of the community. It also acknowledged the desire to move forward with energy and to celebrate and develop the city’s independent spirit, the creativity and entrepreneurialism of its people and businesses; for Salisbury to lead the way in defining what it means to be a 21st century medieval city.

The new positioning is fully explained in a 44-page guide for businesses and stakeholders. The guide, which is available to download here, is a source for businesses, partners, stakeholders and residents to help them easily adopt the concept and build it into their respective plans for the future, which as a result, will aid growth in Salisbury.

Salisbury Brand Positioning

The central positioning idea is “Traditional Original”. This recognises the unique blend of tradition, heritage, imagination, creativity, innovation and originality which sets Salisbury apart from the crowd. This central idea is supported by a narrative for the city, which sets out the agreed proposition in more detail, outlining the key reasons to visit, study, work, invest and live in Salisbury.

The guide gives initial guidelines and examples to aid businesses in using the positioning within their own communications and product development.

Following on from the development of Salisbury’s brand positioning project, and to support the positioning, a new marque for Salisbury was developed. Find out about the creation of Salisbury’s marque here.

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