The 2017 IAA Gala Dinner, held last night (November 29) saw the great and the good gather together to celebrate the independent convenience industry.

More than 300 retailers, key suppliers and industry leaders convened on 8 Northumberland Avenue, just off Trafalgar Square, to listen to an inspirational speech from author and entrepreneur Rasmus Ankersen before seeing the unveiling of the 12 Category Stars for 2017.

Check out the first pictures of the event here – before clicking on the link below to see the names and stories behind the best convenience retailers in the UK.