Celebrate the very best of independent convenience at the prestigious Independent Achievers Academy Gala Dinner.
Held at the Grand Connaught Rooms on Monday 30 November from 6:30pm, the Independent Achievers Academy will recognise retailers performing brilliantly across categories including Shop Layout, Effective Ranging and Retail Innovation. The dinner culminates in the crowning of the UK's Best Shop.
Retailers from all over the country have worked hard with the IAA, now in its tenth year, to develop their stores. As we look ahead to 2016, don't miss out on your chance to network with the UK's leading retailers and suppliers.
Guest speaker: Kevin Threlfall
In the 1970s Kevin Threlfall built up the chain of Lo-Cost Discount Stores from a single grocery stall on Cannock market. After selling to RCA of America, he went on to build an empire of 1,215 shops in just 25 years from a single cigarette kiosk on Wolverhampton market.
Trading as Supercigs, Dillons, Preedy, One Stop and Day & Nite, T&S Stores plc became the largest specialised convenience store group in Britain, eventually selling to Tesco in 2002 for £530 million.
At the IAA Gala Dinner, Kevin shares the lessons that have shaped his life in retail and challenges retailers to be brilliant at one thing.