TIARO business B and H Rural Supplies will celebrate 10 years as a family run business this weekend.
Since purchasing the business together in 2002, Neville and Lorraine Brown have worked with daughter and son-in-law Toni and Steve Hume to build up B and H Rural Supplies to become one of the largest employers in Tiaro.
The business has faced its fair share of challenges in the past decade, including the flood-prone Tiaro Bridge and shrinking purchase amounts from customers.
Mrs Brown said earlier this month the business had been forced to downsize its nursery and was instead concentrating on commercial items.
She said the store was looking at a positive 2012 despite the change, thanks to careful planning and steady demand from farmers.
"I am quietly confident," Mrs Brown said.
To celebrate the 10-year milestone, B and H Rural will hold a free sausage sizzle this Saturday with giveaways and lucky draws.
"We are really proud to still be here and would like to thank all of our loyal customers for making that happen," Mrs Hume said.
"It wasn't easy getting here - the first seven to eight years were a real learning curve."
"But we bought the business as a long-term project and we stuck it out."
"Ten years is a huge milestone for us."
Mrs Hume said she and her family had worked hard, going above and beyond to satisfy customers over the years.
"We like to think that our customers choose B and H Rural because it's a nice place to shop," she said. "We like to have fun and it's always a happy environment in here."
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