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Local businesses benefit from barter through BBX
BBX has been embraced by businesses in Perth and WA with new barter concepts, such as superannuation and financial services attracting strong interest.

The trade exchange uses its own currency (BBX dollars), which has the same value as Australian currency, to assign value to the transactions that take place between member businesses. In essence, the exchange acts as the third party record keeper, similar to a bank, and provides a sophisticated bartering market where thousands of transactions take place.

Doug Crockett, BBX WA State Manager, says business owners in Perth and WA benefit greatly from the BBX network because BBX offers unique services such as investment opportunities and interest free financing.

"Members in WA have really embraced the business and wealth generation that BBX offers. We've diversified our services and there are now plenty of different ways that people can spend and invest their money," Doug said.

"For example, within the NSX-listed BBX Property Fund, members can invest in shares through superannuation and derive cash dividends from the fund.

"As well as these unique avenues to generate wealth, everyday trading using BBX money inevitably lowers a business' overheads as members can purchase various goods and services offered by other members without spending cash, thereby improving cash flow and increasing profit," he said.
Malcolm Macleod, owner of Character Printing in Bentley, joined BBX two years ago and has found the investment side of BBX the most beneficial for his business.

"My shares in the BBX Property Fund are a great long term investment. It means that all the BBX money I earn can be invested straight into a self-managed super fund without tying up cash," Malcolm said.

"I was a member of another trade exchange before BBX and I've found that, in comparison, the BBX operational system is very professional with head office being strict on prices, so you know you're trading at the usual cash price," he said.

Another local BBX member, Richard Scholes, owner of West Coast Water Filter Man based in High Wycombe, joined BBX in mid 2006. He also has shares in the property fund and is an active trader within the exchange.

"My experience has been that BBX members really understand barter and are easy to deal with. I've generated a lot of business through BBX and have been able to easily spend my BBX dollars on electrical work, painting and other essential labour work as well as investing into a super fund," Richard said.

Doug Crockett says he is planning to expand the BBX WA network, which is currently based in Perth.

"We aim to extend our local services to include BBX Financial Services and BBX Real Estate so that we can support our membership base to the fullest, allowing for further growth and success," Doug said.

BBX successfully listed on the ASX in August 2005 to become the only publicly listed barter exchange managers in the world to be listed on a main board. It is a membership based trading program whose primary role is to generate new business for all types of businesses and to show business owners how to offset many current cash expenses by utilising the down time or idle inventory in their business.

The company also offers a broader range of financial services in areas such as mortgage broking via BBX Money, including leasing, business finance and general loans in both cash and trade dollars, financial planning through their latest initiative, BBX Financial Advisers, and property services through BBX Real Estate and its NSX-listed BBX Property Investment Fund (

BBX has offices and/or franchises situated throughout Australia and operates in both islands of New Zealand. Member businesses in these two countries traded in excess of $146 million in the financial year ending 30 June 2006, averaging over $33,000 per active member business.

Franchises have also been established in India and China, with other international franchises currently being negotiated.

BBX can be contacted by phoning 1800 222 229 or visiting the website BBX Money can be contacted by phoning 1300 200 BBX (1300 200 229).

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