Wholesalers Parfetts, JW Filshill and Bestway have stepped in to offer help to Bargain Booze retailers affected by Conviviality’s intention to file for administration.

The announcement, which could impact more than 700 stores, comes as the company failed to raise the £125m necessary to settle £30m in outstanding tax, alongside overdue payments to creditors.

Steve Parfett, chairman of AG Parfett and Sons, told RN the wholesaler was committed long term to helping affected Bargain Booze retailers. “Supply will be the issue in the short term and we can help Bargain Booze retailers by offering them access to our cash and carries.

“We can then help a new group of customers once the immediate pressure is over, which might be through the Go Local fascia.”

JW Filshill retail director Craig Brown said the wholesaler would assist those in Scotland and the north of England. “We have relationships with more specialist alcohol suppliers and we remain on standby to help those having difficulties.”

Bestway Wholesale symbols development director James Hall added: “We’ve had many enquiries from Bargain Booze retailers and welcome any who need help.”