Business Support and Corporate Partners

Member services are at the heart of the Association’s commitment to adding value to your business. HAI negotiates special offers and discounts on standard business services so you don’t have to. We can do this because of the strength of our membership numbers.

Our Corporate Partners provide members with a range of services and the latest updates in business supports, legislation and regulation that is relevant to hardware retailers, merchants and suppliers. These articles appear in the Business Support section of The Hardware Journal, the official magazine of HAI.  A selection of these articles in a number of topics are available below.

Details of all HAI Corporate Partners and their services are available in the ‘CORPORATE PARTNERS’ tab.

If you are interested in finding out more about Corporate Partnership with HAI, click here.

Business Support Updates.

Cash Management

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Credit & Financial Management

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

eCommerce and IT Support

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

HR Support

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Insurance

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Logistics

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Materials Handling

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Payment Services

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Print Management

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Recycling Solutions

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Security Services

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Shopfitters/Racking Systems

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Stocktaking

O’Leary Insurance Group (OLI)

O’Leary Insurances Ltd have successfully launched their new Hardware Insurance Product in conjunction with Zurich Insurance earlier this year. Already, they have had significant traction on […]

Walfrid Private (Zero Tax Property)

Walfrid Private - Wealth Management and Pension Advice & Support At Walfrid Private, we do the research, we do the work, we do the due diligence! […]

Scanmatix

Scanmatix are the leading multi disciplinary stock management company in the UK and Ireland Whether it is full service, managed, or self scan stocktakes, we can […]

Combilift

Combilift is the largest global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts and an acknowledged leader in long load handling solutions.  Innovation, Flexibility and Service is the ethos on […]

MyNet Security

Live, Proactive Video Monitoring and Expert Intervention Services. Built bespoke for the industry and the challenges it faces. At MYNET we provide a full end-to-end security […]

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd

Dolmen Insurance Brokers Ltd Through Hardware Store Insurance we work with hardware retailers & builders merchants to find the best cover. What we do for you: […]

.IE

IE is the national registry for .ie domain names and the trusted and progressive guardian of Ireland’s unique online .ie address. Our purpose is to enable […]

Agility Software

Agility Software specialises in intuitive EPOS solutions, with clients ranging from supermarkets and fashion retailers to builders merchants and pet, outdoor and country stores. Operating across […]

Core Tech

CORE Tech is the niche, software solution of choice for the dairy, grain and enterprise hardware retail sectors. Part of global agritech software powerhouse Cultura where […]

AIB Merchant Services

Retail business is more than just sales and taking payments. It's about forming relationships and finding new opportunities. Hardware Association Ireland has updated its deal with […]

Hardware sector welcomes expansion of vacant homes grant

Hardware Association Ireland has today (Wednesday 16th November) welcomed Minister Darragh O’Brien’s announcement yesterday (Tuesday 15th November) that the Department of Housing will be extending grants […]

HAI launches Spring 2023 Virtual Training Schedule – Including Mini Digital Marketing Workshops

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is pleased to launch its Spring 2023 training schedule, with the return of popular workshops for hardware retailer/builders merchants and suppliers/distributors, including […]

HAI Certificate – Latest News (November 2022)

With 2022 coming to an end, the second Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting reaches its half-way point. Sponsored by Octabuild for a second year, the […]

HAI Hosts Corporate Partner Webinar Days

In October Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) hosted two days of webinars presented by some of its Corporate Partners, who showcased their Business Support services to HAI […]

Eight architect-led solutions to help unlock housing in Ireland going on display in major national exhibition from Friday

The Housing Unlocked exhibition by the Irish Architecture Foundation and The Housing Agency opens on 14th October at The Science Gallery, Naughton Institute, Trinity College Dublin  How […]

Careers in Hardware

In recent months, Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) has launched a campaign comprising a number of activities dedicated to promoting career opportunities in the industry.  As part […]

HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting – Latest News

With the Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting underway, we look at the latest in the students’ learning, and how sponsors Octabuild […]

HAI Responds to Budget 2023

Budget 2023 was announced by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath as a “Cost of Living Budget”, focused on helping […]

HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting underway for its second year

After its first very successful year, which saw nearly 20 employees in the hardware/DIY industry nationwide complete their studies, with some progressing further in the career, […]

Students and Mentors welcomed to the 2022/2023 Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting

Hardware Association Ireland and Octabuild were delighted to welcome all incoming students and mentors to the 2022/2023 year of the Hardware Association Ireland Certificate in Hardware […]

HAI Releases Wage Rate Survey Results 2022

After receiving feedback from its member retailers/builders merchants, and suppliers/distributors, Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) recently published its Wage Rate Survey results for 2022. One of our […]

Hardware Association Ireland launches Empty Homes Proposal

Over the last few weeks HAI have consulted with members and many other stakeholders with regards to empty/vacant homes/properties in their areas, the impact of this […]

Keeping up to date with the most recent statutory Sick Leave Bill

The introduction of statutory sick pay is an important step for employers and employees and is imminent, although no specific date has been provided as yet. […]

Is Ireland’s Hardware industry prepared for Organised Crime?

Technology is progressing at an unprecedented rate, changing our businesses in an insatiable search for progress in the global economy. However, although businesses are competing very […]

Ten questions that will help you choose the right stocktaker

George Armstrong, CEO at Scanmatix, advises The Hardware Journal readers on what questions they should ask before choosing a stocktaker. If you’ve decided that you need […]

Enrolment for 2022/2023 HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting is now OPEN

After a highly successful first run of the HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting, we are pleased to confirm that enrolment is now open for […]

HAI launches Autumn 2022 Virtual Classroom Training Schedule

HAI is pleased to launch its Autumn 2022 virtual classroom training schedule, with half-day workshops in topics including Credit Control, Selling Skills and Customer Service for […]

New Vice President, Honorary Treasurer and Board members at HAI

Paul Candon (United Hardware CEO) has been announced as Vice President of Hardware Association Ireland (HAI). Senan Foley (Glanbia) is the new Honorary Treasurer. At a […]

Graduation Day at The HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting

After nine months, nine modules and 4 Product Knowledge modules, the students of the inaugural HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting completed their learnings, and […]

HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting – Latest update

With all nine modules completed our students have now completed their learning in the HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting, with final assignments to be […]

10 steps to performing an effective stocktake

In the second of three articles, George Armstrong, CEO at Scanmatix, advises The Hardware Journal readers on how to carry out an effective stocktake. In my […]

Protect your business with a Value at Risk report

Ever told your broker your building isn’t worth that much with the intention of achieving a lower premium? If your answer is yes, you could be […]

How to prepare for an effective stocktake in 12 easy steps

In the first of a series of articles, George Armstrong, CEO at Scanmatix, advises The Hardware Journal readers on how to prepare for an effective stocktake. […]

Using data to help build consumer trust in products

From construction and heavy engineering to consumer goods and healthcare, there is an ever-growing demand for product data from businesses and end users. Like never before, […]

Family Business Education – who needs it!

Trade associations like Hardware Association Ireland are well-known for the educational opportunities they provide their membership. A quick review of The Hardware Journal confirms that it […]

The Hardware Show 2022 Rescheduled to April

HAI and event partners Eventhaus have secured Sunday 24th and Monday 25th of April as new dates for The Hardware Show 2022 to take place. The decision […]

Digital Marketing Mini-Workshops

HAI has collaborated with Digital Marketing expert Greg Fry to introduce a series of mini Digital Marketing workshops, covering a series of topics including email marketing, […]

Visitor Registration for The Hardware Show 2022 OPEN

HAI is delighted to announce that visitor registration for The Hardware Show 2022, taking place on the 20-21st of February in Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, is […]

Octabuild announced as sponsor of HAI Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting

HAI recently announced the launch of the Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting. Sponsored by Octabuild, the programme is now well underway […]

Want to hire or keep the best Employees? Give them a share of the action

There are always challenges in business. How do you hire or keep the best talent? How can you invest in top-class training and then make sure […]

Now is the time to upskill to nZEB!

Buildings can use and waste a lot of energy. A nearly zero energy building (nZEB) is a high-performance building that needs only a small amount of […]

Restructuring: Workforce planning, employee upskilling, and redundancy

Restructuring…what is it, why should you know about it, and why may it be necessary? Restructuring is a HR term used to describe an internal change […]

HAI Board Meets Minister O’Brien

Last Friday November 12th, the executive of the board of Hardware Association Ireland, (HAI) met with Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD […]

The Hardware Show 2022 Announces new Title Sponsor

HAI is pleased to announce Solus as the title sponsor of The Hardware Show 2022. Solus is an Irish owned company that has been established for over eighty […]

HAI launches Spring 2022 Virtual Classroom Training Schedule

HAI is pleased to launch its Spring 2022 virtual classroom training schedule, with half-day workshops in topics including Credit Control, Selling Skills and Customer Service for […]

Hardware Association Ireland’s Pre-Budget Submission 2022

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is pleased to launch its Pre-Budget Submission for 2022. In advance of Housing for All it was sent to Minister O’Brien and […]

Survival of the fittest – embrace change for success

Charles Darwin once said “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change”. The pandemic has […]

Running a Family Business!

Was I working on the family business or in the family business? I mulled over this question many times since I sold the business in 2019. […]

Covid Vaccination and the Workplace

Ireland’s vaccine roll out has progressed well and at this stage the vast majority of adults who want to be fully vaccinated, are fully vaccinated. It […]

HAI Launches its Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is pleased to officially launch registrations for its inaugural Certificate in Hardware Retail and Merchanting, a training and development programme for new […]

HAI launches Autumn 2021 Virtual Classroom Training Schedule

Following over a year of lockdowns, restrictions and ongoing uncertainty, HAI is pleased to launch its Autumn 2021 virtual classroom training schedule, with half-day workshops in […]

Painting & Decorating In-Store events

Painting and decorating is a project where most of your customers will give it a try. Sure what could go wrong? If it needs another coat, […]

A Practical Guide to Going Online

Orla Cooney covered the fact that eCommerce will continue to gain momentum in 2021 and beyond in the May/June issue. Here, she gives a practical guide […]

The Hardware Show – RESCHEDULED to February 2022

Following ongoing discussions between Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), Eventhaus and Citywest Conference Centre, on ongoing restrictions and limitations to access to site, a decision has been […]

Latest Covid-19 Regulations, Supports and Guidance

To keep our members up to date on the latest Covid-19 regulations, news and supports we have provided below an update on the latest developments, advice […]

eCommerce will continue to gain momentum

For 2021 and beyond, it is a certainty that eCommerce will continue to gain momentum, even as customers make a welcome return to brick and mortar […]

Be prepared! (‘Cos there’s a wall of money heading your way)

Anyone who knows anything about scouting will be familiar with the scout’s motto; ‘be prepared’. Having heard that motto, someone asked Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell the […]

HAI’s Rebuilding our Future – Retrofitting Conference

On 6th May, Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) hosted virtually “Rebuilding our Future – HAI’s Retrofitting Conference”. The Conference concluded a series of webinars focused on products […]

Rebuilding Our Future – HAI’s Retrofitting Online Conference

HAI is pleased to launch its upcoming half-day online conference: Rebuilding Our Future – Retrofitting. Kindly sponsored by Dolmen Insurance Brokers, this half-day morning conference will […]

HAI Eco-Webinars

Over the next few weeks HAI will be hosting several webinars focusing on Ecological and Sustainable Products. A number of key players such as Ecological Building […]

HAI Welcomes New President and Board Members

HAI is pleased to welcome Michael O’Donohoe, Country Director at Wavin Ireland, as its new President for 2021-2022. Well-known and respected in the industry, Michael has […]

Upcoming Webinars – February/March 2021

HAI has launched a number of webinars taking place in the coming weeks. Available free of charge to HAI members, these 30-minute morning webinars will offer […]

Labour Cost Planning 2021

While most people are happy to see the back of 2020, this year 2021 will also contain many challenges. The rollout of vaccines is encouraging from […]

Measuring and Making Time Work!

Ciaran Rowsome, CEO of FlexTime, an Irish Company that develops & supplies working time solutions for flexible, home, mobile & shift work arrangements. Their systems work […]

The Hardware Show 2021 Over 80% Sold

In normal circumstances, this week we would have been well underway preparing for The Hardware Show, originally due to take place at the end of next […]

Upcoming Webinars – January/February 2021

HAI has launched a number of webinars taking place in the coming weeks. Available free of charge to HAI members, these 30-minute morning webinars will offer […]

Brexit Customs Briefing Webinars

Enterprise Ireland and your Local Enterprise Office will be delivering a week-long series of Brexit Customs Briefing webinars, that will offer guidance to any businesses involved in importing […]

Upcoming Webinars for HAI Members

Thank you to all who have attended our recent webinars. Due to demand we have collaborated with Business Support partners to introduce even more 30-minute webinars […]

Smaller merchants should apply for this €2,500 grant

The Genie is out of the bottle. Speaking to many hardware sector businesses it’s clear that Covid has pushed, shoved or dragged many into offering an […]

HR Considerations for Winter 2020

It has been a rollercoaster year for businesses in every sector and individual organisations have been impacted in a specific manner by the pandemic. As we […]

It all starts with good quality product data

In previous articles we looked at the drivers for digitalisation of construction and the requirements that they place on stakeholders in the sector. In this article […]

Business Index – Q3 Figures Reflect Volatile Trading in 2020

The Q3 Business Index figures for the market continue to illustrate the extraordinary volatility of trading in 2020. For seven of the nine months this year […]

Show shoppers what’s in your hardware store with Pointy from Google

HAI Member Offer: Show shoppers what’s in your hardware store with Pointy from Google To help during Covid-19, Pointy from Google are offering their service to […]

Brink’s Cash Services offer preferential rates to HAI Members

The Brink’s Company, a global leader and the world’s largest cash management company have agreed a preferential deal for HAI members. Brink’s are at the forefront […]

HAI Launches Webinar Series with Peninsula

To further support its members, HAI have partnered with Peninsula HR and Legal Consultants to offer a selection of free webinars in the following topics, click the links […]

HAI Responds to Budget 2021

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) has welcomed some of the measures introduced in this year’s Budget, which Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe described as “unprecedented in both […]

HAI Member Merchandising

On recent visits to HAI members’ premises around the country HAI CEO Martin Markey came across some examples of truly eye catching merchandising. One such recent […]

Helping companies prepare for the post-Brexit environment

Ronan McDonnell is the Managing Director of The Logistics Consultants. Since 2017, he has worked with agencies including InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland on Brexit initiatives to […]

What standards organisations are doing to facilitate the digitalisation of construction

In the previous article we looked at how the construction sector has been undergoing a digitalisation process driven by such factors as Building Information Modelling (BIM), […]

HAI Launches Pre-Budget Submission 2021

Hardware Association Ireland has today launched its Pre Budget Submission for 2021, having forwarded it to Minister for Finance Paschal O’Donoghue for his consideration. The submission […]

The Hardware Show 2021 – RESCHEDULED

UPDATE 01/10/2020: The Hardware Show has now been rescheduled to take place on Sunday the 14th and Monday the 15th of November 2021.  The main reason […]

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Simon Harris highlight apprenticeship opportunities

Minister Harris highlights the diversity of learning opportunities available to school leavers Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar and the Minister for […]

Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020

In July, the Government approved the drafting of an amendment to the Agriculture Appeals Act, 2001 to align the forestry licencing and appeals processes with similar […]

HAI Members impacted by Covid with 13% revenue fall in Q2 2020

192 member branches are included in the HAI Business Index. Q2 year on year comparisons illustrate the extraordinary volatility of the trading period. However, despite the […]

HAI Responds to Timber Legislations

Recent issues in relation to timber licencing and the legislation around it is an area of major concern to HAI. Timber is a keystone product and […]

Construction Products Regulation and Brexit Implications

Further to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the European Commission published a notice on 9th of July 2020 to help national authorities, […]

Review of Construction Product Regulations

The Construction Products Regulations (CPR) are under review. There are a number of activities which the EU Commission wishes to engage with stakeholders including: The European Commission is reviewing Regulation […]

Hardware Association Ireland responds to Stimulus Plan

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) has welcomed the Government’s proposals on retrofitting and reskilling contained within the stimulus package announced by the Government this week. HAI presented […]

The importance of GS1 global standards in the construction sector

The construction sector has been undergoing a slow digital transformation for several years. This is now accelerating due toseveral factors. While stakeholders are compelled to embrace […]

Hardware sector launches major plan to boost construction jobs and retrofitting

An extensive plan of incentives for home renovation, retrofitting and first-time buyers has been launched today (Monday 6th July) by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI). The plan, […]

Member revenues rise 5% in Q1 2020

Note: These figures are a snapshot of the sector from January-March 2020, the next quarter’s figures will demonstrate the true impact of Covid-19 closures. 192 member […]

Hardware sector welcomes retrofitting proposals in draft Programme for Government

Hardware Association Ireland has today (Wednesday 17th June) welcomed the proposed home retrofitting scheme contained in the draft Programme for Government published on Monday. According to […]

Preparing for the ‘New Normal’ in Business

At JPA Brenson Lawlor we are advising clients to plan for recovery now, not later. Below, we have set out our Top Ten Tips for HAI […]

Communicating and unboxing the future

Communications Consultant Paul Allen, Managing Director of Public Relations firm Paul Allen & Associates, gives advice on how communications can help in the COVID-19 Recovery. As […]

The COVID-19 pandemic: Commercial Credit Insurance Sector

The COVID-19 pandemic: A role for the Irish Government in protecting the €15bn underwritten by the Commercial Credit Insurance Sector While the effects of the COVID-19 […]

Covid-19 and Insurance

Many businesses are asking their insurer if they are insured for loss of profit following closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. Like everything related to this […]

A great time to start your planning for The Hardware Show 2021

In the current COVID-19 environment the focus for businesses has been the health and safety of people. Companies are looking at ways to support workforces as […]

The Hardware Show 2021 60% Sold

In our current situation February seems a lifetime away, but our plans are still underway for The Hardware Show 2021, which as of 30th April is […]

eCommerce and Digital Marketing Support

Under the shadow of Covid-19 the importance of e-commerce and Digital Marketing has become all apparent in our sector, with businesses being to forced to rapidly […]

Preparing for the ‘New Normal’ in Business

These have been horrendous couple of months as Covid-19 caused heartbreak and tragedy across the world. The Pandemic has done its best to destroy businesses as […]

HAI – COVID-19 Guidelines for Hardware Sector

The following is an email sent to all HAI members on Monday the 20th of April regarding the latest clarification of guidelines for the hardware sector […]

Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme

UPDATED 28/04 – All outstanding technical issues have now been resolved regarding the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme. Enterprise Ireland will launch the call for funding on April […]

Message from the HAI Board

On 4th April 2020 all HAI members were sent the the following correspondence from the HAI Board (Executive Committee), regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the hardware […]

The Hardware Sector Lends a Helping Hand

As the global Covid-19 crisis continues to impact the planet both commercially and socially, it is heartening to see businesses in the hardware and construction sectors […]

Hard to find hardware talent – the robots are coming

According to the history of HAI that I have read, back in 1939, when the organisation’s first AGM was held in Athy, much of the discussion […]

HAI – Covid-19 Response

To accord with best practice Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is cancelling all physical meetings and events for the next 6 weeks. The HAI office will remain […]

Is your logistics provider adding value to your bottom line?

With the current political, economic and climatic changes affecting supply chains significantly; is it time to ask the above question? Traditionally, a chosen logistics provider assists […]

The First Hardware Conference of 2020 inspires Dublin

The first regional Hardware Conference of 2020 took place in Dublin on February 25th and saw  close to 100 delegates in Citywest Leisure Centre for a […]

The Hardware Show 2021 officially launched by HAI

Members of Hardware Association Ireland, together with various industry representatives, and previous Hardware Show exhibitors turned out in great numbers at Citywest Hotel on Tuesday 12th […]

Marketing Made Easy

Retailing is moving faster than ever, with more stock items, more campaigns and shorter timeframes for execution. Centrally managed campaigns may be a fit for some […]

Eight steps to a successful Workplace Wellness Programme

Brian Crooke is a wellness advocate, speaker and trainer specialising in the development and delivery of workplace wellness programmes for Irish companies through his Office Worker […]

Brexit, Business and banking

The Banking Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has compiled the following Brexit finance checklist for SMEs outlining key advice on financial and banking preparedness ahead of the […]

Join us at The Hardware Conferences 2020

The Hardware Conference, HAI’s networking event for the Irish hardware industry, is coming back this year to three locations across the country. Following the success of […]

HAI meets with Ministers to discuss sector opportunities

This month the HAI team met with Minister of State John Paul Phelan and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys to discuss wealth-generating opportunities […]

New Gift Voucher Legislation – What Businesses Need to Know

CCPC has published information to help businesses understand how new legislation may impact on their gift vouchers policy. As of Monday 2nd December 2019 businesses across […]

HAI launch Spring 2020 Training Schedule

HAI has launched its Spring 2020 classroom training schedule, with the return of some of their most popular one- and two-day courses for hardware retailers, merchants […]

Member revenues rise 4% in Q3

192 member branches are included in the HAI Business Index. Member firms showed an average 4% increase year on year for Q3. The year on year […]

Wanted; One housing Czar

The Budget has been and gone and practically everyone is agreed, there wasn’t a lot in it. To be absolutely fair to Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, […]

Make yours an Energy Smart Business

In the coming years, Ireland must use less energy, move to clean energy, and innovate to create new solutions to meet our energy needs. Saving energy […]

Tips for a Customer Experience Focus

In the final of three articles, Susannah Hewson, owner of cxchange.ie, will share some tips on where you need to focus your efforts to improve your […]

HAI Responds to Budget 2020

HAI was pleased with the Minister’s decision to extend the Help to Buy Scheme to the end of 2021, and the additional funding and grants released […]

Adverse weather or an Exceptional Circumstance

Heading into the Autumn months we are hoping they will offer at least some fine weather, however we have come to the new reality of living […]

What really matters to your customers

In the second of three articles, Susannah Hewson, owner of cxchange.ie will introduce you to Customer Experience and share some tips on where you need to […]

Best in Class

Patrick is delighted to be providing his third and final article and you can view his earlier two articles here. Regarding “best in class” lets first […]

HAI Pre-Budget Submission 2020

About HAI Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national trade association representing hardware, building materials, DIY, homewares and garden at retail, wholesale and manufacturing level. Our […]

Member revenues rise 6% in Q2 2019

Member firms showed an average 6% increase year on year for Q2. A year on year rise for Q1 peaks among urban member groups, while member […]

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection hosting National Employer Roadshows

Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has this week invited employers to attend the Department’s National Employer Roadshows, taking place nationwide in August […]

How to get max value when selling your business

Ian Lawlor from JPA Brenson Lawlor Chartered Accountants advises The Hardware Journal readers on how to get the maximum possible value from a buyer when selling […]

Getting your team on board

Patrick McDermott continues his series of articles on Stocktaking, with ways to create systems that last and how to communicate them to your team. In the […]

Changing your Customer Experience for a better bottom line

In the first of three articles, Susannah Hewson, owner of cxchange.ie, will introduce you to Customer Experience and share some tips on where you need to […]

Wage Rate Survey 2019 – Suppliers

Each year we will continue to ask members to complete a survey on current wage rates and future employment plans. A summary of the results from […]

Wage Rate Survey 2019 – Retailers and Merchants

Each year we will continue to ask members to complete a survey on current wage rates and future employment plans. A summary of the results from […]

HAI launch Autumn 2019 Training Schedule

HAI has launched its Autumn 2019 classroom training schedule, with new topics and workshops making it the biggest schedule to date! Thanks to continued feedback from […]

Managing your stock

In the first of three articles, Patrick McDermott, Managing Director of www.stocktaking.ie, advises The Hardware Journal readers on better stock management practices. Sales equals money and […]

Houston – we have a problem, we have a profit

Ian Lawlor from JPA Brenson Lawlor Chartered Accountants advises The Hardware Journal readers on how best to use their profits. Much of what you need to […]

HAI hosts nZEB Breakfast Briefing with SEAI

Earlier this month HAI hosted a breakfast briefing on the Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) and related building regulations with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland […]

Positive growth for members in Q1 2019

Member firms showed an average 13% increase year on year for Q1. A year on year rise for Q1 is apparent for all member groups, peaking […]

Streamline your payment collection processes with Pay2Sender

Worried about your past due accounts? Past due accounts are a persistent worry for all business owners and the hardware industry is no exception. Getting the balance right […]

Revenue providing Brexit advice to hauliers

Revenue has begun providing key Brexit advice for transport companies and their drivers who are transporting goods to, from or through the UK after Brexit. From […]

Bituminous Fuel Ban will not be extended nationwide

The Minister for Communications, Climate Change and the Environment, Richard Bruton, has announced that the current ban on bituminous coal will not be extended nationwide for […]

Making the Move Online – O’Malley Building Supplies

FCR Media’s Wes O’Neill discusses the benefits of an online presence. O’Malley Building Supplies was established on the Greenhills Road in Walkinstown in March 1956 by […]

Hardware sector careers at Ireland Skills Live

HAI and Hardware Jobs exhibited at the inaugural Ireland Skills Live at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin in March, where they successfully promoted and offered advice […]

HAI and Hardware Jobs exhibiting at Ireland Skills Live 2019

As part of its pursuit to support and promote careers in the hardware and building materials industry Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) and Hardware Jobs will be […]

Reminder to all traders to apply for Economic Operators Registration and Identification number

Revenue is urging businesses who are importing or exporting goods into or out of the European Union to apply for their Economic Operators Registration and Identification […]

The Hardware Show 2019 “the Best Show ever!”.

The Hardware Show 2019, sponsored by Intact Software, was a huge success according to the 2,000 visitors that came to the Show over the two days […]

Members’ revenues rise 9% in Quarter 4 2018

Member firms showed an average 9% increase year-on-year for Q4 2018. A year-on-year rise for Q4 is apparent for all member groups, peaking in Munster. 69% […]

The importance of having Liability Insurance Cover and prevention is better than cure.

John Bourke of NTI/Thompson explains the importance of Liability Insurance Cover to THJ readers. Claim costs in Ireland are very high versus other jurisdictions in the […]

Selling Your Business – can entrepreneur relief help reduce your tax bill?

Chartered Accountant Elaine Kiernan analyses the operation of Entrepreneur Relief and the tax benefits of the relief when selling your business. With confidence being restored in […]

The New Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

Aoife Walsh of TSA Consultants gives The Hardware Journal readers a briefing on the latest changes to the Employment Bill set to come into place in […]

ROS Retail on rejuvenation

Redmond O’Sullivan of ROS Retail Services explains how to prepare your store for a re-vamp , the “nuts and bolts” of how the process works from […]

The Hardware Show – sells out, again!

The Hardware Show 2019 is now officially sold out. Hardware Association Ireland is delighted that for the third year running the Show has sold out of […]

Building Control (Amendment) Regulations come into effect

On the 17th of December 2018 the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into effect after being signed by Minister of State for Housing, Planning and […]

Certification reminder ahead of Brexit

HAI would like to remind its members that, in the event of a Hard Brexit, they should ensure that all their products are fully certified and […]

Foreign Exchange Health Check

50% off SPOT & forward transactions Brexit is set to damage Ireland’s economy no matter what deal Theresa May agrees, according to analysis produced by the […]

HAI announce launch of Spring 2019 training schedule

After a highly successful Autumn, with more courses, topics and participants than ever before, HAI is pleased to launch its Spring 2019 training schedule with classroom-based courses […]

The Cruciality of Vigilance

HAI Board member and owner of KCR Builders Providers in Kimmage, Dave Gavin shares his experience of the effects of staff misconduct and some preventative measures.  […]

Retail Merchandising: Theory & Principles

Redmond O’Sullivan of ROS Retail Services shares his merchandising mastery with The Hardware Journal readers. ROS Retail Services was established by Redmond O’Sullivan in 2002 in […]

When it comes to Property Insurance, prevention and mindfulness are often better than cure.

John Bourke of NTI/Thompson insurances passes on his insurance prowess to Hardware Journal readers. In all my years working in the Insurance business, I have never […]

Sammon Group – The lessons to be learned

There is nothing like a high profile company failure to propel the topic of credit management to the top of most people’s agenda. Credit Management can drift […]

The Hardware Show 80% sold

The Hardware Show 2019 is now over 80% sold with the expectation that it will be sold out pre-Christmas. Registration for visitors to the Show is […]

Buoyant Q3 with positive outlook for agri-suppliers

In Quarter 3 2018, on average, member firms were up 9% year-on-year for the quarter. A year-on-year rise for Q3 is apparent for all member groups. […]

Get ready for PAYE modernisation

Revenue’s new PAYE real-time reporting regime goes live on 1 January 2019, and the deadline for employers to submit the necessary details to comply is fast […]

HAI responds to Budget 2019

HAI is disappointed with this afternoon’s Budget 2019 announcements as no extension was granted to the Home Renovation Incentive scheme introduced five years ago meaning that […]

Consultation on the Automatic Enrolment (AE) for employees into a retirement savings system

The Government has published a high-level draft proposal paper called a ‘Strawman’ designed to generate discussion in the design and development of an Automatic Enrolment (AE) […]

Majority of Irish people planning home improvement projects

Two-thirds (67%) of Irish adults are planning on renovating or redecorating their homes within the next 12 months, according to a survey carried out on behalf […]

Softening the blow of Insolvency

Peter Sullivan of Byrne Casey & Associates talks us through the intricacies of insolvency and how to make the most of a bad situation. While sometimes […]

Being Brand Aware

Brian Healy – Managing Director at H+A Marketing+PR – explains how being brand aware helps attract the very best talent to your business. After a decade […]

Tendering in the Public Sector Construction Market – Event Series

InterTradeIreland is working with the Construction Industry Federation (Southern Region) to deliver a series of workshops on Tendering in the Public Sector Construction Market. These workshops […]

HAI’s new Membership Sales Manager

Hardware Association Ireland is pleased to welcome Laurence Cox as its new Membership Sales Manager. Laurence has over 25 years sales experience in the Irish builders […]

Heatwave helps members after sluggish start to year

On average, member firms were up 10% year-on-year for Quarter 2 2018. A positive second quarter following a sluggish start to the year, no doubt impacted […]

Enrollment open for Retail Management Practice degree

Retail Ireland Skillnet are now enrolling new learners on their part-time degree in Retail Management Practice starting in September. The programme is ideal for anyone in […]

Hardware Show at 64% sold seven months out

Seven months away from Show-open date of 17th February 2019 and The Hardware Show supported by Intact Software is already 64% exhibitor space sold. The largest trade […]

IEDR OPTIMISE Programme open again to HAI SME members

Hardware Association Ireland has partnered with the IE Domain Registry (IEDR) to offer its members an opportunity to develop and improve their online presence through the […]

HAI’s Autumn Classroom Training Schedule is launched

HAI has this week launched its Autumn 2018 classroom training schedule with courses tailored specifically to the needs of hardware retailers, merchants, agri-businesses and suppliers. The […]

EVENT: Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

HAI launches new Hardware Jobs website

This month Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) has launched a new hardware industry-specific job-board website to give hardware retailers, merchants and suppliers the platform they need to […]

Handling and Distribution of Pesticides training available

HCT Learning, a Kilkenny based training provider approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are running a Handling and Distribution of Pesticides QQI […]

Biocidal products update

Dr Michelle Whelan from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – Pesticides Control Division provides an overview of regulatory requirements for hardware retailers and […]

One week to GDPR

With just one week until General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force there is still time for businesses to prepare. The new legislation means significant legal […]

Business Index 2018 Q1 results

158 member branches are included in the HAI Business Index. In Quarter 1 2018, on average, member firms were up 6% year-on-year for the quarter (despite […]

Department of Housing announces public consultation on Building Regulations

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development Mr. Damien English, T.D., has announced a public consultation on his intention to review the following parts of the […]

HAI and Repak looking for support in developing packaging calculation tool

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), in partnership with Repak, are seeking a group of member retailers/builders merchants to participate in a packaging waste audit in the aim […]

New partnership to help HAI members online

Hardware Association Ireland has partnered with the IE Domain Registry (IEDR) to offer its members an opportunity to develop and improve their online presence through the […]

Credit risk in 2018

Now that 2018 is firmly under way, the topic of credit risk is more pertinent than ever. For businesses of all sizes – and especially for […]

SMEs set to benefit from new Online Tool

The Online Tool at SupportingSMEs.ie is a cross governmental initiative to help Irish small and medium businesses navigate the range of Government supports currently available. The […]

The Necessity of Insurance

In the first of an engaging and pertinent series, John Bourke of Thompson Insurance writes about both the importance and obligation of insurance cover, as well […]

SEAI launches SME energy efficiency support scheme

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched its SME Support Scheme for Lighting to help SMEs reduce their lighting energy use and costs, become […]

Hardware Show sells 30% on launch

Members of Hardware Association Ireland, together with various industry representatives, turned out in great numbers at Citywest Hotel on Tuesday 20th February for the official launch […]

Business index – 2017 review

158 member branches are now included in the HAI Business Index, an increase of two members since the last report. In the end of year Business […]

Regulatory reminder for plant protection products

Dr David McGilloway from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine – Pesticides Control Division reiterates the implications for hardware retailers and builders merchants selling plant […]

The best person for the job

Tom Smyth & Associates offer some practical advice on how to successfully recruit the best available talent. As a HR consultancy supporting over 500 locally owned […]

Money can grow on TREEs!

The Green Business programme has launched a free online tool to help small and micro companies manage their water, waste, and energy costs. The online tool […]

Sad to say Good-Bye to Churchtown Stores

We couldn’t ignore the closing of one of our loyal members, Churchtown Stores in south county Dublin, at the end of this month. They have put […]

Hardware Industry’s first Economic Impact Study

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce the publication of the first Hardware Economic Impact Study (EIS). The study is based on 2015 figures but […]

EVENT: InterTradeIreland – Practical Help to Navigate Brexit

InterTradeIreland Event – Practical Help to Navigate Brexit

Global DIY market worth €567 billion

In 2016, the DIY/home improvement world market turnover reached €567 billion, an increase of 3.8% compared to last year. North America and Europe combined to represent […]

New research debunks myths around DIY and gender

DIY is no longer the overwhelmingly male preserve most people have assumed it to be. New research carried out by HAI reveals that almost as many […]

BUDMA – Poznan International Fair, Poland

From 30th January to 2nd February 2018 inclusive, the Poznan International Fair will take place in Poznan, Poland. 800 exhibitors from 43 countries gather together under […]

What’s the Pointy?

Pointy is an Irish tech company that aims to make it easy for customers to find the products they’re looking for in local retailers – not as […]

GDPR – Your readiness checklist

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25th May, 2018. If you haven’t already done so, it is essential to start preparing for the […]

HR – an investment, not a cost

Tommy Smyth explains why the value of good HR practices can be underestimated. Many business owners and senior managers think that HR is nothing more than […]

Are your people getting the best health insurance deal?

Roisin Lyons of Lyons Financial Services discusses how health insurance can play a role in helping you retain your best people. As the economy has picked […]

Business Index Q3 results show cross-regional highs

Total member revenue for Quarter 3 2017 is up an impressive 15% on the same period for 2016. The Q3 year-on-year rise is largely evenly distributed […]

What is an SSL certificate and does your business need one?

Greg Fry, social media expert, has spoken with HAI recently to remind its members of the importance of Secure Sockets Layer certificates when it comes to […]

Record keeping requirements for wholesalers and retailers of rodenticide products

The Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine ( DAFM )  has now determined the records that must be maintained by wholesalers and retailers of rodenticide […]

Budget 2018 highlights

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure, Pascal Donohoe announced his first Budget this afternoon. He noted that “Commencement notices for new housing are up 47%,” and commented […]

Topline appears in Customer Experience Top 100 Report 2017

HAI member Topline, one of the leading Builders Merchant and DIY Buying Groups in our sector, has appeared in The CX Company’s Top 100 Customer Experience (CX) Champions list […]

HSA inspection campaign to focus on chemicals in consumer products

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has launched a nationwide inspection campaign targeted at discount and hardware stores. The aim is to ensure that hazardous chemical […]

The road to e-commerce success

Just because it is now easier for businesses to sell online, that doesn’t mean it is also easier to be successful at selling online. Mark McArdle, […]

GDPR – Where do we start?

The General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the GDPR, has been hitting the headlines recently due to significant fines and penalties that will be levied […]

Seismic changes ahead in payroll

Kevin O’Rourke, MIPA, Payroll Manager, Byrne Casey & Associates on big changes ahead for payroll departments. Truthfully, most business owners, managers or CEOs, view their payroll […]

Health insurance for younger employees

Roisin Lyons of Lyons Financial Services outlines the reasons why builders merchants should encourage their younger employees to take out health insurance. Young people are the […]

Innovation in Construction Event

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways invites you to the Innovation in Construction event on the 14th September in the Carlton Airport Hotel Dublin from 9.30am –1.30pm. The theme of this event is focused on innovation within the […]

Construction Safety Week dates announced

Construction Safety Week will take place this year from the 23rd to the 27th October. HAI and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) encourage all to get involved […]

Guaranteed Irish mark September as Construction Month

Long-standing ally of Hardware Association Ireland, Guaranteed Irish, is marking September as Construction Month. Leading industry representatives will share their insights on how to develop Ireland’s construction sector in […]

Pesticides and Drinking Water – urgent notice

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have advised HAI that there have been some recent pesticide-related breaches of drinking water quality in Meath (possibly […]

Shortage of PIR insulation

Hardware Association Ireland recently requested an update on the shortage of PIR insulation from three leading providers in Ireland. Quinn Building Products responded to this request […]

Medite Smartply supply shortage

Hardware Association Ireland is concerned with shortages in the supply of OSB and recently asked Medite Smartply to comment on this matter. This is their response: […]

Growth stagnates in Q2

Following a buoyant first quarter with growth of 10% on 2016, Q2 has stagnated with a particularly poor June in spite of bursts of good weather. […]

Another rise in National Minimum Wage unacceptable

For the third year in succession the Government will increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) – from 1st January 2018 by 30c to €9.55. The increase […]

Cyber security and cyber insurance

Shane Hennelly, Joint Managing Director, Thompson Insurances on the threat of cyber attack and how you can manage cyber risk. The recent ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyber attack […]

Alternative sources of finance

Ger Blake, Director, DSB, offers some insights on non-bank sources of finance that you might consider. Recent statistics from the Central Bank confirm that the pillar banks […]

Prevent and Save – Repak’s programme in action

Repak’s Prevent and Save programme is a free service offered to Repak members as a means to reduce the amount of packaging they place on the […]

Don’t get caught by card scam

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland is aware of a number of incidences in which hardware stores have been targeted by fraudsters who place big orders and […]

HAI launches its Pre-Budget submission

HAI has launched its Pre-Budget Submission today recommending a number of initiatives to Government and calling for them to crack down on one of a number […]

Review of Construction Products Regulation

In November 2016, the EU Commission announced that there may be a possible revision of the Construction Products Regulation [Regulation (EU) No 305/2011] to assess how […]

5th Global DIY Summit voted best event ever

At the end of the 5th Global DIY Summit, held last week in Berlin, the delegates gave the event an overwhelming 81.4% ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’ […]

Brexit seminar

HAI’s AGM took place in Citywest on Thursday 25th May and was followed by a Brexit Seminar presented by Owen McFeely, Senior Manager in Consulting at […]

Classroom Training Schedule – Autumn 2017

After a very successful Spring training season (you can catch up on the events on our Education page) we are pleased to launch our Classroom Training Schedule […]

B2B Management: Advanced Selling Skills

The main aim of the B2B Sales Management – Advanced Selling Skills course is to equip national and territory sales managers with the required management skills […]

Wage Rate Survey 2017 – Suppliers

Each year we will continue to ask members to complete a survey on current wage rates and future employment plans. A summary of the results from […]

Wage Rate Survey 2017 – Retailers and Merchants

Each year we will continue to ask members to complete a survey on current wage rates and future employment plans. A summary of the results from […]

Digital delivers local intent

In this article, Jeff Harte and Prerna Gupta cover ‘I-want-to-go’ moments – those moments when people are looking for a local business or are considering buying […]

Revenue audit – how to avoid the pitfalls

Caroline McGrath on Revenue audits and how best to deal with an audit. The Irish taxation system is based on a self-assessment system. It is the […]

How outsourcing can help with credit control

Paddy Nolan, Managing Director, LCMS Ltd, explains why it can be useful to outsource elements of credit control. Profits are essential for a business to survive. […]

It’s good to talk …even to your banker!

Ger Blake, Director, DSB explains why it’s important to communicate with your bank. Good times ahead Without doubt, the Irish economy has turned a corner and […]

Licensed to lock?

Since 1st February, 2017, licensing has been extended to contractors operating in the locksmith sector, writes Paul Scallan, CEO, the Private Security Authority. The private security […]

Introduction to audit for PSA 55 Locksmith Standard

Andrew Daly, compliance manager, EQA (Ireland) Ltd, outlines what’s involved in the audit for the PSA 55 Locksmith Standard. As a requirement of the new PSA […]

How Mobile are your Staff?

Mark McArdle, Group Sales Director, Intact Software, outlines the benefits that mobile working can bring to your business. When you consider that companies who facilitate mobile […]

Q1 Business Index shows surge in March

The first quarter business index results show member revenue increased by 10% on the same period for 2016, with a surge in sales in March. The […]

The Hardware Show 2017 Highlights: The Speakers

One of the highlights of the Hardware Show 2017 was the Hardware Education Hub. Located in the centre of the show floor,  this was our own space […]

President’s Ball back in its traditional home

The President’s Ball, kindly sponsored by Ames True Temper, Dulux, Irish Cement, Gypoc/Isover and Xtratherm, kicked off the biennial Hardware Show in style on the evening […]

Record-breaking Hardware Show at RDS

The Hardware Show 2017 broke all records with over 2,000 visitors in attendance at the RDS Simmonscourt last weekend. The biggest trade expo of its kind in Ireland, drawing just […]

Innovation Awards’ winners switched on

A key and defining objective of The Hardware Show is to showcase new product innovation to retailers and merchants. On Saturday, 4th March the winners of […]

Protect your business against online fraud

In 2016, €41 billion was spent on debit and credit cards issued in Ireland. A total of €13.2 billion or 32% of this was spent online. […]

Optimise your packaging with Repak

Repak says it can help hardware retailers and builders merchants manage their package waste in compliance with EU legislation. Repak is a ‘for-purpose’ organisation set up […]

In tune with your customers

Music is a key, if underrated element in a store’s retail identity, writes Eoin Long, founder and managing director of LKM Music & Media Ltd. The […]

Classroom Training Reviews

Here’s some of the feedback from some of our Classroom Training attendees, including hardware retailers, merchants and suppliers in management and trainee roles across a range […]

HAI launches Guide to HRI scheme

HAI was instrumental in campaigning for the introduction of the Home Renovation Incentive scheme and lobbying for its extension to 31st December 2018. From research we carried out, awareness […]

Solid Fuel challenges continue

Thanks to HAI member, Niall Murray from Topline Tractamotors, for raising the matter of continuing illegal fuel imports from Northern Ireland with his local TD, who in […]

2016 records third year of growth

The 2016 Business Index results are out and the sector as a whole recorded a 10% increase year-on-year but it was not without its peaks and […]

New President for Hardware Association Ireland

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce Kieran Burke, Group Procurement Director, Grafton Group plc as its new President for a two-year term. Formally invested at […]

Credit insurance – how it can benefit your business

A previous article (“Keep credit risk under control”, The Hardware Journal, September/October 2016) explored how credit insurance can protect you from losses arising from bad debts […]

Controlling margin and costs: the benefits of tighter controls

Companies that enforce an ongoing policy of strict margin and cost controls yield multiple benefits well beyond that of immediate short-term financial gains. Mark McArdle, Group […]

See, think, do, care – Understanding your digital customers

Google regularly uses an approach called ‘See, think, do, care’ with its advertisers. Jeff Harte and Prerna Gupta explain how it works. This approach can be […]

Section 570 Notice – winding up of a limited company

In the third of a series of articles, Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors looks at how a creditor can petition to Court to wind up […]

Financial statement compliance

Paul Kelly looks at the impact of FRS 102 and Companies (Accounting) Bill 2016. Most SME businesses have now gone through the process of preparing their […]

Retail and Trade Theft Prevention and Security

Preventing crime in your store and your yard Anxiety about the incidence of crime is intensifying throughout rural Ireland, and builders merchants and hardware retailers are […]

Preventing Customer Theft

Making it difficult for the customer or the professional shoplifter to take goods can greatly reduce this problem. An Garda Síochána has provided HAI members with […]

Business Watch Programme

Business Watch, is a crime prevention programme designed by An Garda Síochána. It is founded on the same principles as Neighbourhood Watch. The only difference being […]

Building Site Security

With the inevitable increase in construction projects in Ireland in future years, construction employers and employees should be aware of the potential to incur substantial losses […]

The HR File – What’s in yours?

There are several must-have documents and records under employment law in Ireland.  The purpose of this article is to advise HAI members of these while also […]

Handling and Distribution of Pesticides

From 26th  November 2015, a registered distributor/retailer must be available at all times at the point of sale to ensure that adequate information is provided to customers […]

European Union (Timber And Timber Products) (Placing On The Market) Regulations 2014

Trader obligations under EUTR Organisations/individuals who are buyers or sellers of (either or both) international or EU/Irish timber or timber products subsequent to that timber’s or […]

Overview of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR)

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) is one part of the EU’s FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Action Plan which is aimed at helping […]

European Timber Trade Regulation Leaflet

The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) has provided HAI members with information regarding the implementation of the regulation and the resulting obligations on Operators and Traders. […]

Construction Product Regulations October 2015

Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors provides regular legal updates on relevant issues such as: Companies Act 2014, Public Procurement and Construction Products Regulations. This section […]

Companies Act 2014 Update June 2015

Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors provides regular legal updates on relevant issues such as: Companies Act 2014, Public Procurement and Construction Products Regulations. This section […]

Free Human Resources Templates and Guide for HAI Members

Tom Smyth & Associates have provided a range of free employment and Human Resources templates to HAI members. These templates, along with the free Employee Handbook, […]

Licensing of Locksmiths

The Private Security Authority (PSA) has said that, with effect from 1st February 2017, contractors providing security services as a locksmith will require a PSA licence. The PSA, […]

The Hardware Show now the biggest show ever

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce, with three months to go, that The Hardware Show 2017 is now the biggest show in the Association’s history. With over […]

The Hardware Journal wins prestigious award

The Hardware Journal, the official magazine of Hardware Association Ireland, won Business to Business Magazine of the Year at the recent Irish Magazine Awards 2016. It was commended […]

Growth slows in highest grossing quarter

HAI Business Index member revenue figures for Quarter 3 2016 show a 5% increase on the same period last year and the year-on-year rise is even across urban/rural […]

Five tips to grow your business online

As Jeff Harte and Prerna Gupta of Google discussed in their previous article, the DIY & Home Improvement sector in Ireland is seeing a continuous growth […]

Budget 2017 – a construction perspective

Following on Maria Hewson’s article in the September/October 2016 Edition, Elaine Kiernan looks at some of the tax aspects of Budget 2017. In a year that […]

Debt recovery options

Having reviewed, in the last edition, the various steps involved in debt collection through the courts, Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors considers the recovery options available […]

Extension of HRI scheme to 2018 welcomed

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) welcomes the announcement in Budget 2017 of the extension of the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme by two years until 2018 as proposed in […]

Over €1 billion spent on home renovations since introduction of HRI scheme

New figures released today reveal that the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme (HRI) has exceeded an estimated €1 billion in works since it was introduced in 2013, […]

An introduction to the hardware industry’s digital landscape

Eight in every 10 individuals in Ireland are now online, according to Google Trends. With that, it’s even more important today to ensure your business and […]

Debt collection

Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors provides an overview of the court proceedings that may be taken to pursue debt recovery. Getting paid is an obvious […]

Keep credit risk under control

Credit insurance can protect your business against the risk of nonpayment for goods supplied on credit. With an increase in the demand for credit, now is […]

Tax considerations on the sale of your business

Following Michael Kinsella’s article in the July/August 2016 edition of The Hardware Journal, Maria Hewson looks at some potential tax considerations arising from the sale of […]

The 12 month Dismissal Myth

There is a common misconception that an employee who has less than 12 months’ service can be dismissed without any repercussions for the employer. This is completely […]

HAI partner with Construction Safety Partnership for Construction Safety Week

Hardware Association Ireland is delighted to partner with the Construction Safety Partnership to promote Construction Safety Week to our members. Commenting on the partnership, HAI CEO Annemarie Harte said […]

New home for HAI

HAI moved into new premises within the site of Johnston Logistics on the city-bound side of the N7 (Naas Road) at the beginning of August following six […]

Growth is maintained at 13% nationally for first half 2016

Latest HAI Business Index member revenue figures for Quarter 2 2016 shows a 13% increase on the same period last year and that the year on year rise is […]

Pre-Budget Submission 2017

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) has launched its pre-Budget Submission 2017. As the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the […]

ECJ decision adds to insurance requirements

Are you aware Irish law obliges drivers to have motor insurance to cover accidents occurring in a public place? As a result of a recent ruling […]

What gets measured gets managed

The next step in your journey to getting your credit under control is to decide on how you are going to measure your performance, writes Declan […]

Low Pay Commission recommendation too much too soon

The Low Pay Commission Report published yesterday, 19th July, recommends an increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) of 10 cent from €9.15 to €9.25 from January […]

Rebuilding Ireland – ambitious partnership with wide ranging benefits

Yesterday’s launch of Rebuilding Ireland by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, is welcomed by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI). Ambitious and wide-ranging, […]

Selling your business – AN OVERVIEW

Whether selling an entire business as a going concern, disposing of a specific part or selling shares, it is vital the process runs as smoothly as […]

Immediate impact of Brexit

As soon as the UK stock market opened on Friday morning 24th June, home improvement company stocks took a beating as the implications of Brexit began to […]

HAI Wage Rate Survey 2016 Results – Retailers & Merchants

It is critical that you have sufficient information to make important business decisions. Each year we will continue to ask members to complete a survey on current […]

HAI Wage Rate Survey 2016 Results – Suppliers

It is critical that you have sufficient information to make important business decisions. Each year we will continue to ask members to complete a survey on current […]

Business index shows 13% growth nationally in Q1

Total member revenue for Q1 2016 shows a 13% increase on the same period last year. The sector Q1 year-on-year rise is largely consistent across all […]

HAI wins Award for social media campaign

HAI has won Bronze at the recent APMC (Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants) annual Promotional Marketing Awards for its successful social media campaign to extend the Home Renovation Incentive […]

Tools and Hardware Request for Tender issued

The first ever Tools and Hardware Request for Tender has been issued by the Office of Government Procurement.Along with other relevant bodies, Hardware Association Ireland has been involved in assisting […]

Managing Vehicle-Related Risk in the Workplace – June Regional Workshops

  Thursday 2nd June, Cork City Clarion Hotel Tuesday 7th June, Green Isle Hotel Dublin Thursday 9th June, Sheraton Athlone Hotel Why Attend? Every year, people are killed and […]

Spring Social Media Training Agenda

While Irish consumers have wholeheartedly embraced online shopping, many Irish SMEs have not kept pace with this consumer revolution by moving to sell their goods and […]

The HR landscape ahead

Last year saw several changes and amendments to employment law and, in the wake of the election, kites are being flown for further changes in the […]

Under control: Making sure your admin is efficient

Declan Flood, aka The Credit Coach, looks at a vital ingredient in your credit management function that, in his experience, is either overlooked or done very badly […]

HAI voices concern over Locksmith Licensing proposal

HAI believes that it is important that the regulations produced by Bodies such as the PSA have regard to the Government’s broader policies on Better Regulation […]

Understanding the family business life cycle

Dr Eric Clinton, Director of the DCU Centre for Family Business discusses the factors that affect the long-term sustainability of family businesses through the generations. In […]

Public Procurement Update March 2016

Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors provides an overview of the public procurement process. Public procurement is the process whereby government and state agencies acquire goods, services and […]

Business index results – 2015

A total of 150 branches throughout the country take part in the monthly business index and since the third quarter of 2015 we have been collecting […]

Implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation

Who does this apply to? Organisations/individuals who are buyers or sellers of (either or both) international or EU/Irish timber or timber products subsequent to that timber’s or […]

HAI launches The Hardware Show 2017

Burke commented: “The 2017 Hardware Show will build on the success of the 2015 Show by enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience. “The Show will […]

Schmidt headlines inaugural Hardware Conference

Generously supported by ten leading industry suppliers,  Ames True Temper, Bostik, Dulux, Glennon Brothers, Gyproc, Irish Cement, Kingspan, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral and Wavin, HAI is able to bring you the first dedicated conference targeted at hardware […]

Construction Contracts Act 2013, implementation update

On the 15 January 2016, in the Iris Oifigiuil, the Irish Government’s official publication, published the details of its panel of adjudicators. The publication states: “In exercise […]

Construction Products Regulations – January 2016

Guidance with regard to compliance In the previous edition of The Hardware Journal, Siobhan Kenny of Frank Murphy Solicitors drew your attention to the Construction Products […]

Sales killers and sales winners – An online shop strategy

Mark McArdle of Intact Software on the importance of thinking through your approach to setting up an online shop. While hardware retailers and builders merchants in […]

Credit management: Staying on good terms

Declan Flood, aka The Credit Coach, continues his series on more effective credit management. In this article, he emphasises the importance of credit terms and their […]

HAI Golf Society 2016 Calendar

New for 2016 is a proposed overnight option in July to Faithlegg Golf Club with accommodation at the Tower Hotel, Waterford. Please text interest to Willie […]

New Employment Legislation Changes

Minimum wage From 1 January 2016, the statutory minimum wage will increase to €9.15 from €8.65 per hour. Paternity leave Statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks […]

The Hardware Journal, new “Classifieds” Section

Our publication , The Hardware Journal, in both print and digital versions,  now includes a classifieds adverts section for suppliers and services towards the back of […]

Security warning – imitation ‘cash-in-transit’ vehicles

The criminal gang are reported to be highly sophisticated; they cloned the registration plates from real cash-in-transit vans and used the same livery as the vans of […]

Dual Music Licence available from January 2016

Under law, two distinct permissions are required by businesses in Ireland who play music – one which covers the public performance of the musical work on […]

Update on the implementation of the Construction Contracts Act 2013

Cash-flow for HAI members is vital to the survival of their businesses and during recent years many sub-contractors went under simply because larger construction companies/developers did not […]

How the Sustainable Use (Pesticides) Directive will impact on the Retailer

Professional Use or Amateur Use Products  Plant Protection Products (PPPs) are categorized as either Professional Use or non-Professional  / Amateur Use products. Professional use products are […]

Christmas is coming… and HR issues could be on the way

As winter sets in, the Christmas decorations are on the shelves and we’re in the midst of another festive season. This time of year brings with […]

Maximise Sales and Deliver Excellence in Customer Service

  Dates: Consultative Selling Skills Suppliers: 23rd Feb 2016 Retailers & Merchants: 25th Feb 2016 Memorable Customer Service Suppliers: 1st March 2016 Retailers & Merchants:  3rd March 2016 […]

Invitation to: “ConstructionWatch – Managing Risk 2015”

The recovery in the construction sector is underway and managing risk is now a key consideration for all industry stakeholders. ConstructionWatch – Managing Risk 2015 provides […]

Q3 business index results confirm continued growth

Sector revenue rose sharply in September 2015 (up 14% on August). The month on month rise in September was evident across all member groups, peaking among […]