Independent retailing pair James Brundle and Siobhan O'Donnell defied the form book this week, preventing perennial winner Guy Warner picking up a third consecutive Convenience Retailer of the Year award.

Brundle and O'Donnell, owners of The Village Shop, a Spar in Walthamstow, London, were crowned overall winners at the Convenience Retail Awards, organised by Convenience Store magazine in association with The Grocer, at a glittering ceremony in London's Grand Connaught Rooms.

The pair, who were finalists last year, also won the Best Independent Store gong after adding an in-store Eat17 pizzeria for the evening trade, employing an Italian chef to make take-away pizzas to order. Improvements were also made to the fresh and chilled ranges as well as to the in-store bakery making fresh artisan bread.

Warner whose stores in Broadway and Moreton-in-Marsh had earned him the top honour for the past two years had to content himself with picking up the gong for Best Large Store. His Budgens in Bidford-on-Avon has undergone a £350,000 refurbishment, adding a new aisle of chilled food, a hot food counter and a new wine zone. All this helped boost sales by 12% in the last year.

Other winners included Spar Pike Hill in Burnley, named Best Multiple Store, while Mandeep Singh, the owner of Premier Singh's Herries Road, Sheffield, walked off with the award for Best Small Store.