Waves Ahead Spring Annual Conference 2019
Streets Ahead: Pathways to thriving town centres
Tuesday, 21st May 2019 | 5:30pm to 8pm
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
The nature of our high streets is changing. Streets Ahead: Pathways to thriving town centres invites leaders from across Adur and Worthing to hear local, national and international perspectives on how our local communities can respond to these changes and put your hand to designing a high street of the future.
The keynote speaker for the evening is Bill Grimsey. Bill will draw on his extensive experience in retail and as one of the leads of Government’s independent review into the future of the high street. Bill is a sought after speaker due to his open and honest opinions about how the high street is, and should, change.
Streets Ahead – the Waves Ahead Spring Conference 2019 takes place on Tuesday, 21 May at Ropetackle Arts Centre in the heart of Shoreham’s town centre (5.30pm – 8pm). This Waves Ahead conference is kindly supported by the Adur and Worthing Business Partnership.
Keynote Speaker – Bill Grimsey
Bill Grimsey is a 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.
See also: Previous conferences