Retail champion and former Chief Executive of Wickes and Iceland, Bill Grimsey, met business representatives recently at the Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire in the U.K. as part of a national tour looking at the challenges facing the British high street.
Representatives from Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) and Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) met Bill to find out more about his aims to improve the retail offering in our high streets and how we can work together to support this community in Bucks.
Bill Grimsey, said: “I was delighted to spend time with these two Bucks business organisations to discuss how we can work together to help put in place measures to give small businesses the chance to grow, and also encourage entrepreneurs to set up high street ventures.”
Bill added: “I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication both organisations displayed in supporting local business growth in Buckinghamshire and to hear some of their plans for the development of high streets in Buckinghamshire.”
With 45 years of experience in retailing, Bill Grimsey recently published a review ‘An Alternative Future for the High Street’, spelling out a plan for boosting the high street and highlighting the challenges retailers face.
Guy Lachlan, Owner and Managing Director of Jones & Cocks (hardware retailer) and member of the BTVLEP and BBF Boards, said: “As the entrepreneurial heart of Britain we have a good track record of helping new businesses to develop in Buckinghamshire, however our high streets suffer the similar challenges to growth and development as others across the UK. It was a pleasure to meet Bill, with his wealth of experience and knowledge, and to have a really positive discussion of where we can add further value to our retail community.”
Bill Grimsey is part of a new Advisory Group which advises the Labour Shadow Business (BIS) and Communities & Local Government (CLG) teams on how best to support high streets. He joins other experts in retail, high streets, and local business organisations such as BIDs (Business Improvement Districts).