Principle Founders Brian Hall and Andrew Federowsky, Wayne Sharpe and first employee Maree St Clair started Bartercard on the Gold Coast, Australia, in 1991. This team shared a vision for Bartercard to become the world’s largest trade exchange and a globally recognised business-to-business brand.
Bartercard now supports 30 offices in Australia and 75 globally who successfully trade on a daily basis.
It was in 1995 that Bartercard International was created to replicate the model globally. Currently Bartercard operates in eight countries; Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Thailand, UAE, Cyprus and South Africa with new International License enquiries daily.
In May 2012 the Bartercard International Group was formed merging both the Australian and International entities to make it easier for members to trade on a global platform.
On 9th September 2014 Bartercard International Group was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), under the parent company BPS Technology.
In April 2018 The Bartercard UK licence was purchased by Chris Kirby and Greg Harrand.
Chris started out as a member of Bartercard in June 2010 aer owning his own Design Agency.
His experience using Bartercard was so successful he bought his first Bartercard Area Franchise in 2012.
Today he is the proud Co-Owner and Managing Director of Bartercard UK.
Greg, owner of the successful Hedley House Hotel in York, became a member of Bartercard in July 2003. Over the last 15 years Greg has used Bartercard to successfully trade over £750,000 of unsold hotel rooms during his quiet periods.
Our brand has been established for 24 years and is synonymous with innovation, quality and ethical business practice.
Bartercard aims to continue its growth and development as the world’s largest trade exchange, operating in all appropriate countries, enabling UK businesses to trade nationally and internationally.
As a company we will always act professionally with honesty and integrity and encourage an honourable attitude to customer service in all our actions both with our staff, colleagues, and with our members. We will involve our staff, members and community in moving forward together.
We work closely with the communities we work in and our brand is promoted extensively through our association with a variety of sports clubs and charities. We continue to look for opportunities in these areas to give the right kind of visibility both nationally in in support of our franchises.
Members of the Bartercard network are working together to achieve win-win outcomes, each having a strategy they’re following to increase their sales, reduce their cash expenses and increase their profits. See what they have to say about their experiences of the endless possibilities and opportunities available to you once you join our network.
I recently used Bartercard for a staff day out, as we were going bowling in Westfield Stratford and looking for somewhere to eat afterwards that was nearby. Bartercard helped me to find a pub called the King Eddie who had room for about 25 for a late lunch. As the pub e-mailed menus over to me a week or so before the day, I managed to get our orders sent over so all we needed to do was turn up and everything was taken care of. We had a great lunch and everything worked out well.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that in the 10 years I have been with Bartercard, I have made T£615,988 in sales and £T512,581 in purchases! The highlight of this for me has to be that I was able to hire Woodhall Manor for what was an absolutely unforgettable weekend away with all my friends and family, and is something that I would never have been able to afford in the cash economy. All of this and I haven’t had to make a single sales call! I really couldn’t ask for any more from the Bartercard team.
I’ve been a Bartercard member for many years now. We buy a lot through Bartercard. We use it for print, paper and we’ve even bought a shed on barter!
I accepted a magazine contract through Bartercard and off the back of it I received many cash contacts which was brilliant for business. I have enjoyed many luxury holiday breaks and have met some great people through Bartercard.
The Bartercard Facility has given me the ability to fund a marketing campaign that I would never have been able to carry out if being paid in cash – this has given a massive boost to my business.
It seems only appropriate to thank you for some tremendous work on my behalf. When I look back, it is amazing what we’ve accomplished. £18,000 in trade sales of my core services to new clients, corporate entertainment at a London football club for 10 people which resulted in some cash business, a holiday in Orlando which my wife loved so much we bought a timeshare on trade, two great cash conversion opportunities and a new website! Thank you so much for all your hard work and for giving me such great opportunities.
Being on Bartercard has helped me offset £1,000s of pounds over the last few years, leaving my cash in the bank where it needs to be. My Account Manager also managed to arrange my wedding on trade! Bartercard is a valued tool within our business, it helps our cash flow and enables us to give a better customer experience to our clients.
At our 2 year anniversary with Bartercard, we had achieved almost £40,000 of trading within the network. We have made significant business expense savings which we have paid for with our spare capacity.