The second Grimsey Review on Town Centres has been published today (4 July) with a series of 25 key recommendations to reshape the UK's High Streets.
Scotland's Towns Partnership heard from two of the authors, Bill Grimsey, ex-CEO of Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY and Author of 'Sold Out: Who Really Killed the High Street' and Matthew Hopkinson, co-founder, Didobi, at our recent Towns Tea Party and Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh on 25 June.
The review considers the factors that influenced it's 2013 edition, and what has changed in the past five years in local retail economies:
"The dramatic structural changes to the retail industry that have occurred over the last five years, brought about by the convergence of changing consumer behaviour driven by technology, an archaic business rates system and the prevailing economic conditions were very much predicted in our first review. Other new and unforeseen factors like Brexit have exacerbated problems with a weaker pound and the subsequent pressure on retail prices" (2018: 4)
Recommendations include a call to establish a national independent organisation, similar to Scotland's Towns Partnership, to capture and share best practice from towns online for Town Centre Commissions to access.
The Grimsey Review 2 is available here.
The first Grimsey Review: An Alternative Future for our High Street is available here.