The sessions covered subjects that included recruitment, retention of staff and the minimum wage.
Away from staff issues, the discussions focused on building a business and sales.
Mike Igoe, c-store chain Jacksons' brand development manager, led a session that looked at marketing issues and how independents could get the best out of a small store.
Topics ranged from running a Post Office to whether delivering newspapers to customers made good business sense.
n See The Grocer4Independents next week for full details.