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Bill Grimsey

Bill Grimsey, author of the report Build, Back, Better, joins NALC's event series "Rebuilding Communities" on repairing the neglected social fabric of high streets, the need for a shift power away from government to local communities, and the importance of local leadership and the role Parish and Town Councils can play in developing high streets.

Mr. Grimsey (formerly of Iceland and Wickes) will speak at NALC's online event, Leaders’ talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Mr Grimsey is a retired retailer with 45 years experience. During his career, he held roles at Budgens, Tesco, Park’n’Shop (Hong Kong’s leading supermarket chain), Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY. He led the publications of The Grimsey Review in 2013 and 2018 into the high street. He is also the author of Sold Out: Who Killed the High Street.

Mr Grimsey will be joined on the panel by Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, and Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC.

Find out more about the full Rebuilding Communities event series here.


Leaders’ talk: Building back stronger communities

25 August 2020 — 12:00 - 13:00

NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

During the COVID-19 lockdown, communities have learnt how resilient they are, and local councils have proven how key they are to the response and recovery effort. But communities recover best and quickest when local agencies work together in partnership. Join this panel session to hear from others at different levels of local and central government, and also share and discuss your views. Also hear from community resilience experts about how your local council can best partner up and deliver sustainable post-COVID-19 solutions for your communities.

Register your place