United Hardware Conference 2019

“The Future Of Independents & Buying Groups In Ireland”

United Hardware hosted their first ever interactive conference on Tuesday 2nd April at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois.  Hosted by Claire Byrne our conference attracted over 300 independent hardware retailers and major industry suppliers. Speakers at our event included Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, economist David McWilliams, John Carroll, Managing Director, Axium Buying Group & CarePlus Pharmacy,Peter Kealy, Managing Director of Positive Retail Options, Thomas Burke, Director of Retail Ireland and former Bearings Bank trader, Nick Leeson and many more top industry professionals.

View Our Tradeshow Highlights From 2018

United Hardware’s tradeshows are one of the main events of the year for the members. These annual tradeshows give members the opportunity to meet with key suppliers, view our latest products and stay abreast with the hardware industry.


Members have the opportunity to meet with key suppliers on the day where they can avail of fantastic “1 day only” offers and prize giveaways. Suppliers include familiar household names in categories such as paint, tools, homewares, gardening, timber, building materials, and heating & plumbing. At the most recent tradeshow 90 Irish and international suppliers generated sales of almost €3m. Stores also have the opportunity to avail of reduced “pallet alley” offers where thousands of euro savings can be made.

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Throughout the events guest speakers, breakout sessions and on-site training is offered by industry professionals such as David Fitzsimons, former CEO of Retail Excellence Ireland and Annemarie Harte, CEO of Hardware Association Ireland. This provides members with up to date industry news helping them to keep ahead of their competitors.



Anne-Marie Rooney from Rooney’s Homevalue comments on the Autumn 2017 Tradeshow:

“The annual United Hardware show is always a highlight in the year. The extra discounts and rebates available allow us to pass on savings to our customers that the nationwide chains cannot or will not offer, which strengthens our relationships with our regular customers”