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The Hardware Show 2017 - Biggest Show Ever

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce, with three months to go, that The Hardw...


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Evolution or Revolution ?….The changing face of Indoor Plant Retailing - John Stanley

Retailing is constantly changing, that is part of the fun.

Over the last few years, we have seen a reduction in the number of florists and traditional garden centers, there are several reasons for this decline, one of them has been the retailer not keeping up with the consumer.

Read more: Evolution or Revolution ?….The changing face of Indoor Plant Retailing - John Stanley

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    More Companies, New Varieties and Innovative Technology on Show from the UK Pavilion at IPM Essen 2017

    Meet leading suppliers from the UK horticulture industry and receive your copy of the Commercial Horticultural Association Buyers’ Guide by visiting the UK pavilion and CHA industry information stand (10C13) at any point during the exhibition.

    Read more: More Companies, New Varieties and Innovative Technology on Show from the UK Pavilion at IPM Essen...

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      Bulrush Help Horticulture Student to Grow Their Career

      Christmas certainly arrived early for horticulture student Emma McFarline who comes from Omagh, when she received a substantial bursary from Bulrush. This was just one of the bursaries from major agri-food and horticultural organisations awarded to Higher Education students from Greenmount Campus, CAFRE.

      Read more: Bulrush Help Horticulture Student to Grow Their Career

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        Creed Announces Record Food and Drink Exports

        Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Michael Creed TD, today announced that the value of Irish agri-food and drink exports had exceeded €11 billion for the first time ever in 2016.

        Read more: Creed Announces Record Food and Drink Exports

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          SALTEX 2016 Visitors Report a Hugely Successful Show

          The SALTEX 2016 post-show visitor surveys have revealed a fascinating insight into the visitor profile of the show.

          SALTEX 2016 featured three exhibition halls at the NEC packed with the UK and international visitors. It was, therefore, encouraging to see that more than 80 percent of the visitors rated their overall SALTEX experience as being either very good or excellent.

          Read more: SALTEX 2016 Visitors Report a Hugely Successful Show

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            IPM ESSEN 2017 Offers Purchasers Entire Green Range and Products for Shop Fitting

            POS Presentations Provide Trendy Inspirations for Raising Turnover

            From January 24 to 27, 2017, the international green sector will be guests at Messe Essen. For decision makers from garden centers, market gardens with retail operations and the specialized retail trade, IPM ESSEN 2017 will open up unique access to the entire green range and shop fitting.

            Read more: IPM ESSEN 2017 Offers Purchasers Entire Green Range and Products for Shop Fitting

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              Euro Success for CAFRE's Golden Gardener

              Twenty-year-old landscape gardener Adam Ferguson is bloomin’ marvelous – and that’s official.

              The CAFRE horticulture graduate has struck gold in landscaping at the international Euroskills competition in Gothenburg.

              Read more: Euro Success for CAFRE's Golden Gardener

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                Successful SALTEX Shines Again

                As SALTEX 2016 came to a close, it was apparent to exhibitors and visitors that Europe’s largest annual turf management event has found its rightful home at the NEC in Birmingham.
                SALTEX 2016 was taken to a new level after an independent audit confirmed that the combined attendance over the two-day exhibition totaled an impressive 8,754.

                Read more: Successful SALTEX Shines Again

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                  IPM ESSEN 2017 is a Creative Source of Stimuli for Florists and the Floral Retail Trade

                  From January 24 to 27, 2017, the international green sector will be guests at Messe Essen. At the world's leading fair for horticulture, floral inspirations, fresh ideas, and innovative designing techniques will await florists and decision takers from the flowery retail trade.

                  Read more: IPM ESSEN 2017 is a Creative Source of Stimuli for Florists and the Floral Retail Trade

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                    Teagasc Special Award at BTYSTE 2017 goes to Agroforestry Project

                    The winners of the Teagasc special award at BTYSTE 2017 were Asa Curran, Tiarnan Collins and Jack Ryan-Purcell from Schull Community College in Co Cork, who were also highly commended in their category putting them in the top 15% of entries.

                    Read more: Teagasc Special Award at BTYSTE 2017 goes to Agroforestry Project

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                      Teagasc at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017

                      Sensory demonstrations, drones, hand hygiene, colostrum quality and sensors for horticultural production are among the demos that visitors to the Teagasc stand at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place at the RDS, Dublin, during January 12-14, 2017. Visit Teagasc at stand W7 in the World of Science and Technology.

                      Read more: Teagasc at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017

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                        Teagasc's Series of Forestry Advisory Clinics Start Next Week

                        Teagasc will introduce regular nationwide series of Forestry Advisory Clinics throughout 2017 to facilitate as many farmers and other landowners as possible. The first series of these clinics will take place between 9 and 19 January, promoting the establishment of forestry as a sustainable and rewarding land use on Irish farms.

                        Read more: Teagasc's Series of Forestry Advisory Clinics Start Next Week

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                          GLDA 2017 Seminar - The Designed Garden

                          The GLDA’s 21th International Garden Design Seminar Saturday 11th February 2017 at Crowne Plaza Dublin, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9

                          We are very excited about our seminar line up for 2017, please see below and attached. 

                          Read more: GLDA 2017 Seminar - The Designed Garden

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                            I’m a Real Person, Not Just a Number

                            One of the sacred cows of marketing is using demographics as the basis of describing the target consumer for your brand. Demographic data typically describes consumers in terms of their age, gender, region, and income.

                            Read more: I’m a Real Person, Not Just a Number

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                              Groundwork beyond Google

                              When Irish food, drink, and horticulture manufacturers want to win in business, Google can be a great starting point but strategic decisions require much more in-depth insight & information that won’t be found on Google. The good news is access to all of this insight and information has never been easier.

                              Read more: Groundwork beyond Google

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                                How To Be A Green Foodie

                                To be a green foodie it is all about enjoying great food while being conscious of your environmental impact. Choosing the right option and influencing your network are the main features of a genuine green foodie:

                                Read more: How To Be A Green Foodie

                                  Featured Event

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                                  05 March 2017 - 06 March 2017

                                  RDS Simmonscourt @ Simmonscourt, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

                                  The Hardware Show 2017

                                  Date & Time: Sunday 5th & Monday 6th March 2017 from 9.30 - 5.00pm.

                                  The Hardware Show 2017, Ireland’s premier trade event for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March at the new larger venue of RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Off the back of increased confidence in the industry, the show is set to be the biggest event of its kind next year.

                                  Kieran Burke, Commercial Director of Grafton Merchanting ROI and Vice-President of Hardware Association Ireland, comments: ‘The 2017 Hardware Show will build on the success of the 2015 Show by enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience. The Show will be larger with clear emphasis on attracting greater visitor numbers. To facilitate the ‘bigger and better’ Show, we are delighted that the Show will take place in Ireland’s premier conference facility, RDS Simmonscourt. I would encourage all stakeholders in the industry to participate, it’s your Trade Show!

                                  The show will feature:

                                  • Innovation Awards
                                  • Presidents Ball
                                  • Hardware Education Hub
                                  • Industry Advice & Presentations
                                  • HAI Hub
                                  • All the Latest Products and Innovations
                                  • Over 3500sqm Exhibition

                                  Organized by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), the industry’s trade association, the biennial show is already 66% sold with over 2,400sqm taken and has the capacity to go to 3,600sqm. New features of the show include a Demonstration Zone, involving best practice and handling for tools and products from four key areas – Building Materials, Paint/Décor, DIY/Hardware and Plumbing/Bathrooms; a Skills Zone where apprentices will show off their skills in the areas of Electrical and Plumbing and HAI have joined forces with Google who will bring the latest innovation and technology to the show.

                                  The Hardware Show is recognized for bringing together leading brands across the retail and merchant sector and the extra capacity at the RDS means more opportunities for suppliers and visitors alike.

                                  Companies who have already booked space include ABC Abrasives, Amalgamated Hardware, Ames True Temper, Aquasource Distributors, Arc Building Products, B&G, Birkdale Sales, Bostik Industries, Brett Martin, Calor Gas, Canadia Distributors, Classic Hardware, Contech, Core Software, CPL Fuels, Crown Paints, CQFD Profiles, Curust, John Dargan & Sons, Deanta Doors, DFE Ltd, Donal Lynch Hardware, Dosco, Draper Tools, DS Supplies, Dulux, Eastern Agencies, Ecological Building, Fleetwood, Frisco, Gorilla Glue, Henkel, Herbst Software, Homeline, IITC, IKO Ltd, Intact Siftware, Irish Cement, Jefferson Professional Tools & Equipment, John Murphy Castlerea, Keypoint Abrasives, Kilsaran, Larsen Building Products, Locks & Hardware, McLoughlins RS, N and C Enterprises, OHRA Regalanlagen GmBH, Olympics Fixings Ireland, Pipelife, Portwest, Rawlplug, Regatta Professional, Retail Distribution Systems, Rhino Distribution, Ronseal, Shop4choice, Sika Everbuild, Snickers Workwear, Solus Bulbs, St. Gobain, Stafford Fuels, Tegral, Timco, Tucks Fasteners, Tucks O’Brien, United Hardware, Uppercross Enterprises, Varian IS & Co, Waterford Stanley, WEEE Ireland, Westaro Hosing, Whiteriver Group and Wood Concepts.

                                  More brands and additional show features will be announced over the coming months.

                                  Annemarie Harte, CEO of HAI said: "We are delighted that having made the move to the RDS the industry has responded well and with just under six months to go we are in excess of 50% exhibitor space sold. We are responding by introducing new features to attract more visitors and to ensure this will be the biggest and best show yet.”

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                                  About Hardware Association Ireland (HAI):
                                  Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. We uniquely represent all levels of the supply chain and include within our membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses. HAI speaks with one consolidated voice and fulfills a unique and vital role in connecting merchants with their suppliers in a non-commercial environment. HAI members play a key role in the construction supply chain, providing an efficient and effective route to market for building material products and a vital source of credit to customers.

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