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Business Leaders Lecture: Bill Grimsey, Retail Expert and Author

Business Leaders Lecture Series - "Preparing Town Centres and High Streets for the 21st Century"

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  • From: Thursday 16 January 2014, 5 pm
  • To: Thursday 16 January 2014, 6.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Our popular Business Leaders Lecture Series welcomes many renowned business leaders to share their knowledge and expertise. Great companies have great leaders and learning from their experiences continues to be a tradition at Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School invites you to attend our first Business Leaders' Lecture of 2014, by Bill Grimsey, renowned retail expert and author.

Lecture Title: 'Preparing Town Centres and High Streets for the 21st Century'


Bill Grimsey began his retail career at the age of just 15-years old when he became a butcher's boy. His first managerial job was at Bishop’s Food Stores, where he rose to become a director, before joining Tesco in 1986 in the new role of Customer Services Director.

In a varied and full retail career, Bill Grimsey went on to be chief executive of store groups both in the UK and abroad in South Africa and Hong Kong and has earned a reputation as a turnaround specialist. He gained particular attention for masterminding the recovery of DIY group Wickes, which had been at the centre of an accounting scandal that resulted in the suspension of its share price and the banks foreclosing.

Another of these recovery roles where the banks stepped in to take control and support Bill amidst the discovery of a profits shortfall, the resignation of the auditors and the Chairman. Bill was four years at the helm of Iceland, which was renamed the Big Food Group, and was later successfully sold to the Icelandic investors Baugur Group. Most recently he worked with private equity backers heading the Focus DIY chain for four years.

In 2012 Bill published a book called '"Sold Out" Who killed the High Street?' . Working with eight other associates Bill also published 'The Grimsey Review An Alternative Review of the High Street' to all political parties in September 2013 and continues his consultation work with the UK government.

Bill Grimsey is an experienced public speaker.



4.45 pm Guest Registration
5.00 pm Welcome & Introduction, Baback Yazdani, Dean Nottingham Business School
5.10 pm Business Leaders Lecture, Bill Grimsey
5.45 pm Questions & Answers
6.00 pm Drinks reception & canapés
6.30 pm Close

Booking information


Our Business Leaders Lectures are free to attend, however places are limited. We recommend booking your place/s at this lecture as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

To book your place/s please register online.

Alternatively you may contact us by email or telephone + (0)115 848 88732.

Tickets are not issued for this event, however a confirmation email will be sent approximately one week prior to the lecture date.

Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes walking distance. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

If you are travelling to Nottingham by car the fastest and easiest way to get to the Newton building is by using the city's park and ride tram service. NET Trams depart every ten minutes from the Phoenix Park and Hucknall sites and takes you directly into the city within 20 minutes. The cost of a day travel ticket is £3.50. The tram is also convenient if you are travelling by train. Trams also depart from Nottingham Train Station at ten minute intervals. You can alight at either the Royal Centre or Nottingham Trent University tram stop as they are equidistant to the Newton building.

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