Fresh food, fair trade and innovation are expected to be three of the key themes at the ACS's annual conference, Summit 07.

Mills Group MD Nigel Mills and Debbie Robinson, director of food retail marketing for The Co-operative Group, are two of the leading names in convenience retailing set to speak at the event.

Mills will provide an insight into the value of fresh and chilled, revealing what has worked for his business and what has not, while Robinson will discuss the growth of fair trade lines.

Three other independents will join Summit chair John Humphrys to discuss the importance of innovation for smaller retailers.

The day will also include keynote speeches from Sir Digby Jones, former director-general of the Confederaton of British Industry, and athlete Kriss Akabusi.

The event is taking place on 1 May in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole at the NEC.

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