Praise for the support given to retailers by suppliers and wholesalers was voiced by Steve Jones, of the Premier The Fountain Shop in Merthyr Tydfil.
He urged other retailers to take advantage of the help that was available and said: “Don’t be afraid to ask. They are there to support us because if we succeed they succeed.
“Some retailers say they don’t want to see suppliers because they haven’t got the time. Make the time. You guys [suppliers]work hard behind the scenes and try to get the right kind of deal. Give that time and respect back to suppliers because they can take our businesses forward.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of working with suppliers and people like Steve Fox and his team at Premier.”