Schoolgirls put pressure on Primark to come to Salisbury

South Wilts Grammar School Girls Faye, Mia, Hattie and Cyrena

Published by Ellie Harries at 6:12am 20th June 2018. (Updated at 6:17am 21st June 2018)

Four South Wilts Grammar School girls have gone to the clothing giant, as well as Lush, to ask them to come to the city.

Four South Wilts Grammar School students are hoping they'll be the stepping stone to get Primark and Lush to set up shop in Salisbury.

Faye Wilson, Mia Newman, Hattie Aston and Cyrena Thapa are all currently in year 7 (pictured here). 

They took part in the recent Our City schools' challenge, which encouraged school children to bring their ideas to the Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce about how the city could be improved.

The girls then got to go in front of Baroness Scott, Leader of Wiltshire Council and Alistair Cunningham from the recovery group to discuss their ideas.

They focused on the following:

  • Making Salisbury tourist attractions appeal more to younger visitors 
  • H&M to split their 8-14 range into two parts - 8-10 and 11-14 
  • Make sure products are good and children are not taken advantage of
  • Exploit the link between Stonehenge and Salisbury more effectively

Their main focus, however, is trying to get Lush and Primark to come to Salisbury and they're in talks to do just that.

They've been emailing and talking to both companies about what Salisbury has to offer, hoping that will encourage the shops to consider Salisbury.

The four girls have even been to see Lush at their factory, to learn all about how they make their products and if they'd be tempted to come to the city.

Cyrena said:

"They thought that it was a good idea because they also want more Lush stores everywhere so that they could introduce their company.

"They also thought it would be a good idea because there's actually not many bath and body shops in Salisbury."

The girls are now hoping Lush will provide them with some products to sell at the Teenage Market in October, which will entice them to open up in the city if it is a success.

Faye say's the next step is to get Primark in the same boat.

"To kind of get it started with Primark, we're going to look at the business rates in Salisbury and see maybe where the best place to base Primark.

"We've had a couple of emails from them but we're going to start sending some more once we've got Lush up and running."


Alistair Cunningham was blown away with the girls initiative.



The next step now will be to await responses from the two stores, with the girls hoping to have at least one of the shops in Salisbury by this time next year.

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