Market Intelligence

HAI’s objective under its strategic pillar of Market Intelligence is to research its members and their marketplace to produce practical and useful data for external and internal use. HAI delivers this research through:
  • the quarterly Business Index, which captures net sales revenue from participating member retailers and merchants. Participating members receive a more detailed breakdown including year-on-year comparison; month-on-month comparison and index comparisons by region, area and number of employees.
  • regular Research campaigns including Member Satisfaction Surveys, Member Trends and Wage Rate Surveys.

To participate in the business index or for more information about our Market Intelligence please contact Jim on 01 298 0969. Keep up to date on the latest Business Index and Research results below.

Market Intelligence Updates

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Solid Fuel Awareness training – discount to HAI members

METAC Training is the largest energy training and assessment centre in Ireland and the UK and trains approximately 2,700 people annually. Based in Mountrath, Co. Laois […]

HAI Budget Summary

Annemarie Harte, Chief Executive of Hardware Association Ireland commented on the extension of the scheme last month. “Another 12 months of the scheme will support both […]

Hardware merchants see decline in profitability despite price hike

HAI CEO, Annemarie Harte commented ‘Cross-referencing this sentiment with the half-yearly results from our business index shows that Dublin is powering ahead of the rest of […]

Summer end in June causes revenue decline

Sector revenue growth in July 2015 is down slightly month on month from 21% in June to 14% in July when compared to the same months […]

Smoky coal ban welcomed with caution

Annemarie Harte, CEO of Hardware Association Ireland comments, ‘Whilst we welcome the inevitable health benefits of this announcement and we don’t doubt the motivation, 2018 is […]

HAI Launch Member Offers and Discounts

Member services are at the heart of HAI adding value to your business. HAI will negotiate special offers and discounts on standard business services so you […]

HRI Scheme extension welcomed

The latest Home Renovation Incentive scheme statistics show the scheme continues to boost trade for hardware retailers and merchants with figures since the scheme started topping over […]

Construction product regulations – are you complying?

Under the Construction Products Regulations (‘the Regulations’) direct legal obligations are imposed on Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors of relevant construction products. As a builders merchant, you […]

Conducting workplace investigations

Tom Smyth’s HR firm assists and advises Irish retailers on the human resources issues that arise in their workplaces. In this article, Tom provides an introduction […]

HAI Launches Credit Management Advice Series

Welcome to the first of a series of articles on the thorny topic of credit that I hope you will not only read, but put into […]

Handling and Distribution of Pesticides Training

  For Professional Use Products In order to be eligible to register as a PD (Professional Use Products), you must first successfully complete the FETAC Level […]

HAI to pilot Business Growth Programme with Management Works Initiative from Skillnets

The Business Growth Programme will help you to build your skills as an owner or manager so that you can develop and grow a profitable and […]

Business index half-yearly results indicate Dublin streaking ahead

Sector Revenue in June 2015 rose 6% month on month. The month on month rise in June 2015 is apparent across all groups of member firms. […]

Over €7 million per week spent on home renovations in 2015

  While these figures indicate positive growth for the sector, the majority of the works are confined to Dublin and its surrounding counties. Dublin, Kildare, Meath […]

How much is Ireland’s hardware industry worth?

We should have the answer to that question by the end of this year thanks to HAI working with UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Together they will conduct the […]

HAI launch new Members’ Area of website

All HAI Members can gain access to the members area via the  registration page; here you can choose your own username and password.       […]

HAI launches new E-Learning platform

As a part of our continued expansion of member services, our E-Learning Platform will allow you and your colleagues to train and upskill at times which […]

HAI monthly business index – May results

Total member revenue YTD 2015 shows a 15% increase on the same period last year and the rise is evident across all types of member firms and […]

Consultation on the Scheme of a proposed Consumer Rights Bill

The Scheme sets out the rights of consumers, and the remedies where those rights are breached, in contracts for (i) all forms of goods transactions (sale, […]

Rounding comes to Ireland

This can be seen from the statistics. The Central Bank has produced 2.5 billion one-cent and two-cent coins since the Euro was introduced, equivalent to around […]

Do they know it’s Christmas?

While these figures indicate positive growth for the sector, the majority of the works are confined to Dublin and its surrounding counties. Dublin, Kildare, Meath and […]

HAI monthly business index April 2015 figures

  Total member revenue to the end of April 2015 shows a 14% increase on the same period last year. This rise is evident across all […]

Dealing with Bad Debts

  The recovery of monies due is an obvious priority for all businesses at the moment. This is particularly true for suppliers of goods and services, […]

Pesticide Information & Advice Flyer

If a Builders Merchant/Hardware Retailer wishes to continue selling Plant Protection Products either for Professional or Non-Professional use then they must successfully complete the relevant training […]

Focus on Finance

Finance tries to quantify business in monetary terms, taking account of risk and time. Interest rates reflect the cost of money over time and the risk of […]

Dealing with bad debts

Simon Fraser of Hussey Fraser offers some advice on dealing with bad debts. The recovery of monies due is an obvious priority for all businesses at […]

Focus on finance

While 2015 will probably be the most profitable year in some time for a lot of hardware stores, paradoxically some may find it the hardest year […]

HAI Business Index Q1 results shows positive signs for member revenue

  Total member revenue at the end of Q1 2015 shows a 13% increase on the same period last year. All categories of firm indicate a […]

HAI President calls on Taoiseach to extend HRI scheme

Addressing the Taoiseach directly O’Donnell said that ‘Recovery outside of the major urban areas has been tentative at best. As you and your Government colleagues are […]

Give rural Ireland a fair chance

While these figures indicate positive growth for the sector, the majority of the value of the works are confined to Dublin and its surroundings. Dublin City […]

Fuel Smuggling Presents Serious Threat to Hardware Stores

Hardware businesses in the South, particularly in counties such as Monaghan and Cavan, are being hit hard by solid fuel smuggling. Heather Graham of Maurice Graham […]

Monthly Business Index – February 2015 Results

  The updated 2014 Index confirms that Quarter 3 accounted for the highest percentage of members’ revenue in 2014. September and October were the highest grossing […]

New Companies Act Set To Become Law –Are You Ready?

    The Companies Act 2014 is not yet the Law.  It is expected that the relevant Minister will commence the operation of the Act on […]

Hardware Association Ireland Launches New HR Support Service

    The consultancy has a long and proud tradition of working with, and supporting, retail and hardware operators with employment law, industrial relations and human […]

DCU Centre for Family Business: “Professionalisation of the Family Business Roadshow”

    “Professionalisation of the Family Business What it is and Why it matters”   Please note places are limited to incumbent, next generation family business members […]

IEDR Launches €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund to help Irish SME’s Online

The IEDR e-Commerce Website Development Fund, OPTIMISE has been set up to provide Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or Micro Enterprises with a range of […]

Regional Action Plans for Jobs Events

This process will identify each region’s strengths, competitive advantages and areas of opportunity, and produce an action-oriented plan to support enterprise growth and jobs in the […]

Handling and Distribution of Pesticides Training

The MBE Skillnet is currently co-ordinating training in the handling and distribution of pesticides on a county by county basis. Training will be delivered by HCT Kilkenny, […]

Minister Nash encourages all businesses to sign up to Prompt Payment Code of Conduct portal

Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash TD, has recently launched a new online portal aimed at encouraging businesses to pay their suppliers on time. Enterprises […]

Home Renovation scheme continues to be shot in the arm for urban hardware merchants

Hardware Association Ireland Chief Executive, Annemarie Harte said ‘These figures combined with a very successful Hardware Show in February show continued signs of confidence in an industry […]

Three steps to online success

Conor Lynch outlines three ways the hardware sector can use digital and social media to grow its business. Nowadays, consumers are constantly communicating online with each […]

HAI launched HR supports

HAI is developing a range of HR supports for its members in partnership with Tom Smyth & Associates HR Consultancy. The consultancy has a long and […]

New Companies Act set to become law –are you ready?

When the Companies Act 2014 becomes law, there will be an 18-month transition period, during which the vast majority of companies in Ireland will have to […]

3 Ways the Hardware Sector can Utilise Digital and Social Media to Grow its Business

With so many buzz words and new applications floating around in the world of  Digital and Social Media it can seem quite daunting to the uninitiated, […]

Monthly Business Index – first results in

The monthly distribution of members’ revenue varied considerably over 2014 with Q1 accounting on average for only 21% of annual revenue while Q3 accounted for 28%. […]

Figures confirm Hardware Show sentiment

Satisfaction ratings on selected aspects compared to last time the show was held in 2013: Visitor Quality +11% Visitor Quantity +5% Organiser dealing +10% Advertising +9% […]

Industry experts hammer home relevance

Covering six topics, with the same format each day, the Information Exchange allowed retailers and merchants to hear presentations on the following areas with a chance […]

Innovation Awards entrants wow the judges

A couple of weeks earlier the judges had shortlisted from a total of 67 entries across the four categories of Home, Garden, DIY and Build and […]

Digital and Social Media Marketing Bootcamp

HAI and Socialmedia.ie have partnered to bring you tailor made digital and social media marketing bootcamps for retailer merchants and for suppliers to the sector. Run over […]

Hardware Show in a class of its own

With a 100% satisfaction rating from visitors, marking it ‘very worthwhile’ and ‘worthwhile’, exhibitors were delighted too with a 97% approval rating. The hard facts were reinforced […]

New Companies Act commences 1st June

It will make the most far-reaching and fundamental changes to Irish company law in two generations.  The Act will have an impact on every company, large […]

New legislation for plant protection products

The introduction in 2012 of SI No. 155/2012 regulating the sustainable use of pesticides (SUD, and SI No. 159/2012 concerning plant protection products, requires inter alia […]

New figures show confidence returning

Members have witnessed a general uplift in sales across their product range including building materials, DIY, hardware, homewares and gardening.  Whilst the growth has slowed down since […]

New President for New Year

Currently Chief Executive of Hardware Buying Group, Amalgamated Hardware plc (Topline), O’Donnell is determined to work closely with the Association’s new Executive Committee and its Chief […]

The Hardware Show exceeds all expectations

The show, running from the 15th to the 16th of February in Citywest, has over 130 exhibitors of the latest products and services available to the Irish […]

The only way is up

The number of works in Dublin City has increased by 1,000 since the same time in October representing a 49% increase, more encouragingly however is the […]

HAI is recruiting

The new role of Business Development and Marketing Manager will suit a dynamic individual who may already be in the hardware industry and is keen to progress their […]

HAI launches monthly Business Index for 2015

But the one key parameter that is difficult to source is ‘how am I doing compared to my competitors?’ Now Hardware Association Ireland is offering its […]

Slating and Tiling Standard review

Areas of work in this revision will include, but are not limited to: – taking into account changes in the construction industry since the publication of I.C.P.2 […]

Irish Standards for polyethylene pipes for the supply of water

I.S. 134, which specifies requirements for black polyethylene pipe Type 32 for use in cold water services and in flush, overflow, warning and waste pipe applications […]

Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme continues to exceed expectations

Chief Executive of Hardware Association Ireland, Annemarie Harte said ‘The scheme has been used on over 12,000 properties since coming into being just over 12 months ago. […]

CSO Retail Sales Index for September 2014 shows a 4.9% increase in volume in September on the previous month

The latest CSO retail sales figures bear out what members of Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) across the country are seeing on the ground. Members have witnessed a general uplift […]

Extension of Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme to Landlords will have little effect

CEO of HAI, Annemarie Harte said: ‘HAI had called for the scope of the scheme to be widened and publicised to encourage take up beyond Dublin […]

Let the good times roll

Home extensions remain the most popular choice of work to be done in the home followed by window replacement. Activity however remains rooted in Dublin and the rest of […]

Pushing the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme

We know from latest Revenue statistics (15th September) on the scheme that the value of works registered to date is €171 million, however the majority of […]

Successful visit to Leinster House

The team including Annemarie Harte, CEO and Jim Copeland, Head of Member Relations and HAI Treasurer Alex Taylor (Uppercross Enterprises) and National Council member Heather Graham […]

Budget 2015 Submission

This submission makes six specific proposals for consideration for Budget 2015. They are proposed in the context of a number of medium to long term policy […]

New CEO for Hardware Association Ireland

Annemarie has also held senior positions in sales, marketing and business development across the Telegraph Group Limited and Associated Newspapers in the UK and Ireland. She […]

Hardware merchants seeing first signs of growth in sector since onset of recession

In a survey of Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) members carried out by Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A), 52% of merchants reported a better performance in the past […]

Hardware Association calls on new Minister to rebalance economic activity

HAI President, Patrick Kelly, welcomed the Minister’s specific responsiblity to implement the CEDRA Report, which he says has over 30 recommendations that would energise the social […]

Hardware sector feels the warmth of the good weather

In contrast to the latest CSO Retail Sales Index, which showed a volume decrease of 2% for hardware in May, hardware businesses are reporting a significant […]

HAI lends its voice to new Retail Forum

It will address issues that impact on cost competitiveness in the sector and seek to introduce a number of structural measures that will support the retail sector. […]

Cautious welcome for figures from CSO Retail Sales Index & Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme

In addition, Revenue has confirmed that, as a result of the Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme introduced on foot of calls from Hardware Association Ireland at the end of […]

HAI submission to Key Cutting public consultation

HAI concerns expressed in the submission include * CUTTING CAR KEYS * CUTTING SAFE KEYS * CUTTING KEYS TO CODE * SELLING ANY SAFE (with a […]

Hardware Association Ireland seeks Chief Executive Officer

Merchants nationwide call on suppliers to offer innovation and new products at next years Hardware Show

The show will take place at the Conference & Event Centre, Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin from 15th-16th February 2015. The biennial Hardware Show, is the sector’s […]

50% of stand space already booked for the Hardware Show 2015

Demonstrating their support for the show and an eagerness to secure the best position available to them on the exhibition floor, some of the major Industry […]

HAI Golf Society trip 2014

The trip, again organised by our colleagues at Sean Skehan World of Golf, and on a Bed and Breakfast basis, will take place from 1 – […]

Countdown to February 2015 Trade Show

The biennial Hardware Show, is the sector’s biggest networking, learning and promotional platform.  It is a showcase for innovation and new product launches and a perfect […]

Hardware Association welcomes fast tracking of Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme

HAI believes the early introduction supports the spirit and intention of the scheme by promoting activity within the sector immediately and not creating a vacuum, which […]

Hardware Association welcomes new Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme

As the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan said himself in his Budget speech today, the construction sector has been the hardest hit since 2008. HAI believes […]

Hardware Association Ireland welcomes reports of a stimulus package for construction industry in budget

Any boost for the construction industry at this time will certainly increase employment within the beleaguered sector, reduce any potential property bubble in Dublin, and increase the […]

DIY is good for you !

Scientists discovered that men aged between 50 and 64, who were active around their homes, had a 23pc lower risk of death from all causes than […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Solid Fuel Awareness training – discount to HAI members

METAC Training is the largest energy training and assessment centre in Ireland and the UK and trains approximately 2,700 people annually. Based in Mountrath, Co. Laois […]

HAI Budget Summary

Annemarie Harte, Chief Executive of Hardware Association Ireland commented on the extension of the scheme last month. “Another 12 months of the scheme will support both […]

Hardware merchants see decline in profitability despite price hike

HAI CEO, Annemarie Harte commented ‘Cross-referencing this sentiment with the half-yearly results from our business index shows that Dublin is powering ahead of the rest of […]

Summer end in June causes revenue decline

Sector revenue growth in July 2015 is down slightly month on month from 21% in June to 14% in July when compared to the same months […]

Smoky coal ban welcomed with caution

Annemarie Harte, CEO of Hardware Association Ireland comments, ‘Whilst we welcome the inevitable health benefits of this announcement and we don’t doubt the motivation, 2018 is […]

HAI Launch Member Offers and Discounts

Member services are at the heart of HAI adding value to your business. HAI will negotiate special offers and discounts on standard business services so you […]

HRI Scheme extension welcomed

The latest Home Renovation Incentive scheme statistics show the scheme continues to boost trade for hardware retailers and merchants with figures since the scheme started topping over […]

Construction product regulations – are you complying?

Under the Construction Products Regulations (‘the Regulations’) direct legal obligations are imposed on Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors of relevant construction products. As a builders merchant, you […]

Conducting workplace investigations

Tom Smyth’s HR firm assists and advises Irish retailers on the human resources issues that arise in their workplaces. In this article, Tom provides an introduction […]

HAI Launches Credit Management Advice Series

Welcome to the first of a series of articles on the thorny topic of credit that I hope you will not only read, but put into […]

Handling and Distribution of Pesticides Training

  For Professional Use Products In order to be eligible to register as a PD (Professional Use Products), you must first successfully complete the FETAC Level […]

HAI to pilot Business Growth Programme with Management Works Initiative from Skillnets

The Business Growth Programme will help you to build your skills as an owner or manager so that you can develop and grow a profitable and […]

Business index half-yearly results indicate Dublin streaking ahead

Sector Revenue in June 2015 rose 6% month on month. The month on month rise in June 2015 is apparent across all groups of member firms. […]

Over €7 million per week spent on home renovations in 2015

  While these figures indicate positive growth for the sector, the majority of the works are confined to Dublin and its surrounding counties. Dublin, Kildare, Meath […]

How much is Ireland’s hardware industry worth?

We should have the answer to that question by the end of this year thanks to HAI working with UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Together they will conduct the […]

HAI launch new Members’ Area of website

All HAI Members can gain access to the members area via the  registration page; here you can choose your own username and password.       […]

HAI launches new E-Learning platform

As a part of our continued expansion of member services, our E-Learning Platform will allow you and your colleagues to train and upskill at times which […]

HAI monthly business index – May results

Total member revenue YTD 2015 shows a 15% increase on the same period last year and the rise is evident across all types of member firms and […]

Consultation on the Scheme of a proposed Consumer Rights Bill

The Scheme sets out the rights of consumers, and the remedies where those rights are breached, in contracts for (i) all forms of goods transactions (sale, […]

Rounding comes to Ireland

This can be seen from the statistics. The Central Bank has produced 2.5 billion one-cent and two-cent coins since the Euro was introduced, equivalent to around […]

Do they know it’s Christmas?

While these figures indicate positive growth for the sector, the majority of the works are confined to Dublin and its surrounding counties. Dublin, Kildare, Meath and […]

HAI monthly business index April 2015 figures

  Total member revenue to the end of April 2015 shows a 14% increase on the same period last year. This rise is evident across all […]

Dealing with Bad Debts

  The recovery of monies due is an obvious priority for all businesses at the moment. This is particularly true for suppliers of goods and services, […]

Pesticide Information & Advice Flyer

If a Builders Merchant/Hardware Retailer wishes to continue selling Plant Protection Products either for Professional or Non-Professional use then they must successfully complete the relevant training […]

Focus on Finance

Finance tries to quantify business in monetary terms, taking account of risk and time. Interest rates reflect the cost of money over time and the risk of […]

Dealing with bad debts

Simon Fraser of Hussey Fraser offers some advice on dealing with bad debts. The recovery of monies due is an obvious priority for all businesses at […]

Focus on finance

While 2015 will probably be the most profitable year in some time for a lot of hardware stores, paradoxically some may find it the hardest year […]

HAI Business Index Q1 results shows positive signs for member revenue

  Total member revenue at the end of Q1 2015 shows a 13% increase on the same period last year. All categories of firm indicate a […]

HAI President calls on Taoiseach to extend HRI scheme

Addressing the Taoiseach directly O’Donnell said that ‘Recovery outside of the major urban areas has been tentative at best. As you and your Government colleagues are […]

Give rural Ireland a fair chance

While these figures indicate positive growth for the sector, the majority of the value of the works are confined to Dublin and its surroundings. Dublin City […]

Fuel Smuggling Presents Serious Threat to Hardware Stores

Hardware businesses in the South, particularly in counties such as Monaghan and Cavan, are being hit hard by solid fuel smuggling. Heather Graham of Maurice Graham […]

Monthly Business Index – February 2015 Results

  The updated 2014 Index confirms that Quarter 3 accounted for the highest percentage of members’ revenue in 2014. September and October were the highest grossing […]

New Companies Act Set To Become Law –Are You Ready?

    The Companies Act 2014 is not yet the Law.  It is expected that the relevant Minister will commence the operation of the Act on […]

Hardware Association Ireland Launches New HR Support Service

    The consultancy has a long and proud tradition of working with, and supporting, retail and hardware operators with employment law, industrial relations and human […]

DCU Centre for Family Business: “Professionalisation of the Family Business Roadshow”

    “Professionalisation of the Family Business What it is and Why it matters”   Please note places are limited to incumbent, next generation family business members […]

IEDR Launches €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund to help Irish SME’s Online

The IEDR e-Commerce Website Development Fund, OPTIMISE has been set up to provide Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or Micro Enterprises with a range of […]

Regional Action Plans for Jobs Events

This process will identify each region’s strengths, competitive advantages and areas of opportunity, and produce an action-oriented plan to support enterprise growth and jobs in the […]

Handling and Distribution of Pesticides Training

The MBE Skillnet is currently co-ordinating training in the handling and distribution of pesticides on a county by county basis. Training will be delivered by HCT Kilkenny, […]

Minister Nash encourages all businesses to sign up to Prompt Payment Code of Conduct portal

Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash TD, has recently launched a new online portal aimed at encouraging businesses to pay their suppliers on time. Enterprises […]

Home Renovation scheme continues to be shot in the arm for urban hardware merchants

Hardware Association Ireland Chief Executive, Annemarie Harte said ‘These figures combined with a very successful Hardware Show in February show continued signs of confidence in an industry […]

Three steps to online success

Conor Lynch outlines three ways the hardware sector can use digital and social media to grow its business. Nowadays, consumers are constantly communicating online with each […]

HAI launched HR supports

HAI is developing a range of HR supports for its members in partnership with Tom Smyth & Associates HR Consultancy. The consultancy has a long and […]

New Companies Act set to become law –are you ready?

When the Companies Act 2014 becomes law, there will be an 18-month transition period, during which the vast majority of companies in Ireland will have to […]

3 Ways the Hardware Sector can Utilise Digital and Social Media to Grow its Business

With so many buzz words and new applications floating around in the world of  Digital and Social Media it can seem quite daunting to the uninitiated, […]

Monthly Business Index – first results in

The monthly distribution of members’ revenue varied considerably over 2014 with Q1 accounting on average for only 21% of annual revenue while Q3 accounted for 28%. […]

Figures confirm Hardware Show sentiment

Satisfaction ratings on selected aspects compared to last time the show was held in 2013: Visitor Quality +11% Visitor Quantity +5% Organiser dealing +10% Advertising +9% […]

Industry experts hammer home relevance

Covering six topics, with the same format each day, the Information Exchange allowed retailers and merchants to hear presentations on the following areas with a chance […]

Innovation Awards entrants wow the judges

A couple of weeks earlier the judges had shortlisted from a total of 67 entries across the four categories of Home, Garden, DIY and Build and […]

Digital and Social Media Marketing Bootcamp

HAI and Socialmedia.ie have partnered to bring you tailor made digital and social media marketing bootcamps for retailer merchants and for suppliers to the sector. Run over […]

Hardware Show in a class of its own

With a 100% satisfaction rating from visitors, marking it ‘very worthwhile’ and ‘worthwhile’, exhibitors were delighted too with a 97% approval rating. The hard facts were reinforced […]

New Companies Act commences 1st June

It will make the most far-reaching and fundamental changes to Irish company law in two generations.  The Act will have an impact on every company, large […]

New legislation for plant protection products

The introduction in 2012 of SI No. 155/2012 regulating the sustainable use of pesticides (SUD, and SI No. 159/2012 concerning plant protection products, requires inter alia […]

New figures show confidence returning

Members have witnessed a general uplift in sales across their product range including building materials, DIY, hardware, homewares and gardening.  Whilst the growth has slowed down since […]

New President for New Year

Currently Chief Executive of Hardware Buying Group, Amalgamated Hardware plc (Topline), O’Donnell is determined to work closely with the Association’s new Executive Committee and its Chief […]

The Hardware Show exceeds all expectations

The show, running from the 15th to the 16th of February in Citywest, has over 130 exhibitors of the latest products and services available to the Irish […]

The only way is up

The number of works in Dublin City has increased by 1,000 since the same time in October representing a 49% increase, more encouragingly however is the […]

HAI is recruiting

The new role of Business Development and Marketing Manager will suit a dynamic individual who may already be in the hardware industry and is keen to progress their […]

HAI launches monthly Business Index for 2015

But the one key parameter that is difficult to source is ‘how am I doing compared to my competitors?’ Now Hardware Association Ireland is offering its […]

Slating and Tiling Standard review

Areas of work in this revision will include, but are not limited to: – taking into account changes in the construction industry since the publication of I.C.P.2 […]