Last week was the latest annual IGD Convention, where speakers included Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy and Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King, fresh from their row over who's chain is growing faster; Booker boss Charles Wilson; and Asda's Andy Clarke.

And, of course, The Grocer was there to keep tabs on the key speeches and all the big stories to emerge.

Leahy (pictured) stole the headlines as he slammed the "woeful" standards of UK schools - prompting speculation that the he's set to come out fighting for the Tories at the looming election. On a similar theme, Clarke cited a "downward sprial of illiteracy and innumeracy" among school-leavers, calling for retailers and manufacturers to revive apprenticeships.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom, with Unilever chief Paul Polman striking an optimistic note and a raft of gongs handed out for achievement in the grocery trade.

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