The winners of the inaugural Video Box Office Store of the Year award were announced at a lunch held at the Sony Centre in London’s Soho. Eight independent retailers each received a cheque for £1,000 as part of the prize as well as enjoying a day in London and an advance screening of the new blockbuster movie The Longest Yard. The eight were chosen from an original entry of more than 175 retailers.

Pictured, from left: Costcutter; Justin McIlveen, Spar; Peter Collings, Huckaby’s News; David Cornthwaite, Costcutter; Linda Kenworthy, Spar; Euan and Marie Fraser, Fairfield Stores; Dhilip and Kanta Maher, Papworth Stores; Richard Whalley and Iain Beadle, VBO.