Aylett Nurseries director Adam Wigglesworth, who succeeded Stan Green as HTA president this week, said the Sunday trading extension consultation, which also ended this week, is part of a debate helped by 20 years of campaigning by the HTA.
He added: "I’m very enthusiastic about getting it through. The market has changed with internet retailing now is the time the government sees fit to look at it. The right people are pressing the right buttons.
"I feel to a certain extent the smaller retailer has been penalised by the Sunday trading ban because they have not been able to put money into the internet and suffered unduly.
"We need to go with the majority and put our weight behind it," he added.
"We’re closer than we have been for a while."
Wigglesworth added: "One of my concerns, though, is I'd like to see it handled fairly across the country."