Bill Grimsey is a business speaker and retailer with 45 years active experience. During his career he held senior Director positions at Budgens and Tesco before becoming the Managing Director of Park’n’Shop Ltd, Hong Kong’s leading Supermarket Chain. On his return to the UK he held three more leadership posts, CEO of Wickes plc, CEO of the Big Food Group (Iceland and Booker) and CEO of Focus DIY Ltd.
Bill has written the book, Sold Out ‘Who really killed the High Street’, held various Non Executive Director posts, lead the team to publish The Grimsey Review ‘An alternative future for the High Street’ in 2013 and regularly speaks publicly and to Local Authorities about the High Street in the 21 st Century. In July 2018 he published The Grimsey Review 2 ‘It’s time to reshape our Town Centres’ and is currently in discussion with both Central and Local Governments on a way forward. He was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Business Administration by the University of South West England for his contribution to retailing.
Bill is a regular commentator on the future of retail and the high street on both television and radio.
Bill Grimsey speaks on the following topics for events
- The Future of the High Street
- Turning around Organisations
- Lessons from the Boardroom
- Leading in Challenging times
- Management and Growth strategies.
** New – July 2020 – Bill has recently written the third Grimsey review in the light of the Covid-19. Whilst many of the statistics are shocking it also highlights some opportunities that are real and positive.
“Bill covered the ground well. He took a very lively question session which formed a very interesting debate. A really interesting speaker, even though he had a different background to most of the audience. He was honest and open about the state of retail”