High street in decline or opportunity for regeneration? What’s really happening in the world of retail?



In recent years, campaigns have been galvanised to ‘save the High Street’. It seems everyone has a view about how we can revamp our down-at-heel towns and cities.  But they don’t seem to be working and, frankly, is there any point?

Not according to veteran retailer, Bill.  He argues that the High Street is dead and even the kiss of life won’t save it.  In his book 'Sold Out Who really killed the High Street' and the Grimsey Reviews 1 & 2, he calls on the Government and industry to face up to the urgent need for urban regeneration and retail transformation.

Bill Grimsey uses insight gained from 45 years in the forefront of retailing, at store giants, which include Tesco, Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY, to expose the real reasons for the position we find ourselves in today. He also gives a frank assessment of what this all really means to the consumer and gives a practical and realistic vision for the future of retail, which can cater for the needs we really have today.

Retail specialist and author of ‘Sold Out: Who really killed the High Street’