Millionaire retailer Bill Grimsey gives his blueprint for success for the South West's ailing high streets on BBC 1's Inside Out mini-documentary tonight (Monday) at 7.30 (one of 3 x 10 minute features). Bill Grimsey looks at Penzance, Totnes and Liskeard (a Portas Pilot BID winner).
Four representatives of the Penzance business community were put through a Dragon's Den style grilling in the Ritz (it was freezing) about what the Town was doing about its Town Centre. The event was nicknamed Grimsey's Grotto as it occurred in the run up to Christmas.
Do not expect the filming in Penzance to be balanced - the short documentary is about the problems of high streets and Penzance is being used as an example of the problem. Chapel St was conspicuously avoided. We decided to participate because positive things are happening in Penzance and we have a story to tell. Not to have participated would have sent the wrong message.
If you cannot watch the broadcast (3 Feb BBC1 7.30) then it will be available online here for about a week.