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What is Essential Hardware?


Essential Hardware Stores are independently owned community stores that are members of a retail brand family that is 650+ strong. The owners live in the community they serve and understand your unique local needs. Your kids and theirs probably attend the same schools and you may even attend the same community events. Shop with the comfort of knowing that their membership to Essential Hardware gives them great buying power and support from a national team.

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We help you grow your business to the next level while you remain independent

Buying Power

With over 650 retail members our Buying Group leverages substantial negotiating power

Growth Solutions

Take the next step to maturity & grow with our cross industry partnering solutions

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Our History, Executive Summary & Company Values

Growth through Partnering

As Essential Hardware, we are proud to be the Gold Award winners of the “Voluntary Trading Group of the year” for THREE consecutive years (most recent – November 2018). This family of Members are all independent stores that have one main common trait…they are all entrepreneurs. The Essential Group assists these stores in a variety of ways which required a wide ranging set of
retail solutions to be available and customisable for each unique need. The offering – A national retail brand of independent retailers leveraging buying power and retail business services to reach retail maturity and achieve the required growth.

The Essential Group, established 2005, started out by partnering with independent, community based, owner-run hardware stores as a national buying group. This quickly evolved (by member demand) into a national brand – Essential Hardware. Immediately thereafter, a series of customised value-adding services were brought into the offering adding to the buying group and brand to include high quality operational science & marketing support.

Our model has proved so successful our partnerships comprise a family of over 650 members throughout South and Southern Africa, whose membership is still continuously growing. Our model, which we guarantee subject to specific conditions, has further enabled us to be the proud recipients of the accolade of being the Gold Award winners for “Voluntary Trading Group of the year” for the past two consecutive years.
In 2017 we introduced a new Specialty Retail Brand, Paint Tend ’n Trade. Leveraging our substantial retail resource pool, supplier network and national geographic footprint, this new brand is focused on being a premium, specialist paint destination, once again providing unique solutions for our members and customers.
We view the (well established) Buying Group as a business ENABLER and now, in 2018, have formally announced a new ENABLER, Essential Growth Solutions. This new enabler is focused on B2B transformational partnerships and will leverage the, well established, Buying Group & national retail footprint of over 650 members/partners and hundreds of suppliers/partners.

We believe that by following our vision, remaining humble, keeping to our values and setting the standard through hard work, we will in the future
 announce far-reaching, complementary products and services all focused on achieving a full service (360 deg) turnkey offering and providing cross industry problem solving solutions… becoming THE PARTNER OF CHOICE for exponential growth within the markets and communities we operate within.

We commit ourselves to:

  • Gratitude, respect, honesty & credibility
  • Operating within strict legal and ethical guidelines
  • Offering unsurpassed service levels and support to the member network
  • Always acting in the best interest of the organisation and member
  • Instilling a culture of service and continuous learning
  • Ensuring that the organisation always operates within legal and labour policies
  • Constantly adding value to our members
  • Using innovation and communication as a key driver