About Us


CPS is a buying group proudly comprised of independent businesses throughout Australia in the Building Supply, Industrial and Hardware, and Agricultural industries. At CPS we have been serving our membership for over 3 decades by facilitating purchases and providing business services and expert advice.

We are an unlisted public company – democratically controlled by our members through their appointed board of directors. Created in 1980 by 11 of Western Australia’s leading rural co-operatives as their purchasing arm, our business today as an unlisted public company still reflects the same values instilled by our founders.  We are here to serve our loyal active members and suppliers.


Shortly after inauguration, CPS was joined by 25 independent hardware stores known as Hardware 25.  This group was the foundation for what is today the MAKIT group.

In 2014 the cooperative members voted to transform the business to enable it to grow beyond Western Australia by becoming an unlisted public company. A promising bid by CPS in early 2015 to acquire the TradeSmart Industrial Group who, in addition to their quality members, create a platform for the CPS business to have a national presence.

CPS is a proud supporter of the Natbuild alliance.  As Australia’s eminent building supply group, Natbuild delivers value to the broader CPS business by bringing together 32 of the nation’s largest independent hardware stores.


CPS is committed to the success of the independent retailer and believes that now more than ever independent retailers need to use their combined strength to support their sector and each other. Our key pillars are to buy better, innovate, and grow. At CPS we are more than just a buying group, offering both members and suppliers an innovative program of marketing, accounting, and business services to add value to your business.