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Bartercard Press Room
March 2017
Press Release

 

Bartercard announces exciting new sponsorship for Pulse Netball

Bartercard New Zealand is backing Central Pulse Netball for the forthcoming season, which starts on 26, March.  The New Zealand team, based in Wellington, will be competing in the ANZ Netball Elite League, which is made up of 15 round robin games followed by play offs, bringing the competition to a close in June.  

Central Pulse Netball are no strangers to Bartercard having been a member of the network for the past five years.  They have previously used their trade dollars on hospitality, catering, player accommodation when attending tournaments, as well as first aid courses.

Now that the women’s netball team have the sponsorship of Bartercard, they can really start to utilise the network to their advantage and help further promote women’s sports.  

Head Coach, Yvette McCausland-Durie, is delighted to have Bartercard as their main sponsor and is excited about the future of women’s sports ‘Having the backing of someone like Bartercard is a great privilege for not only for the team, but women’s sports in general.  We are continually encouraging women to join in more sports across the country, not only for health benefits, but for their overall general wellbeing.  All too often, we don’t find time for ourselves and joining a team like netball is a great escape.’  

The team have been training extremely hard during preseason and Yvette adds, ‘The girls are really looking forward to the season ahead and I’ve been so impressed with how they’ve managed the preseason.  A lot of the girls have had to make big sacrifices - whether it's spending less time with family or taking part time work instead of full time work to dedicate more time to the team - so hopefully it can all come together and they get the results they really deserve.’

John Scott, Bartercard’s CEO says ‘It’s always satisfying being able to give something back to the community and support teams such as Central Pulse Netball.  We wish them the very best of luck with the forthcoming season and are excited about the opportunities the network will create for the team.’  

You can follow the championships live on SKY who will be televising all games which are to be played on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from late March.  

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For all media enquiries, please contact Tina Burns, National Marketing & Communications Manager on +64 9 414 6809 or tina.burns@bartercard.co.nz.  

About Central Pulse

The Central Pulse franchise covers the Netball Central Zone region, stretching from Hawkes Bay across to Taranaki and down to Wellington.  The zone has the largest catchment in New Zealand with over 38,000 netball players including 11,500 secondary school players and is governed by the Netball Central Zone Inc. Board. 

About Bartercard

Bartercard’s world-leading innovative trade exchange system enables over 24,000 global member businesses in eight countries to benefit from the cashless economy of barter.  Since its inception in New Zealand in 1992, Bartercard has grown to over 6,000 member businesses across the country trading over $200 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year.

February 2017
Press Release

 

What is Bartercard

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Bartercard NZ gets behind SKYCITY Breakers 20 days of kindness.

Onehunga High School have become the lucky recipients of a framed signed SKYCITY Breakers jersey all thanks to Bartercard New Zealand and the #20Daysofkindness campaign. 

Following a random act of kindness by Breakers fan Aaron Nicholls, who was seen recently paying for an elderly lady’s groceries, Bartercard New Zealand who sponsor the Breakers, wanted to pay it forward and give something back to the community as a way of acknowledging Aaron’s good deed. 

They were quick to jump in on the act of the Breakers launching 20 Days of Kindness, where they are calling out to the whole Breakernation to do a good deed, big or small, and post it up with the hashtag #20daysofkindness.  

The campaign finished on 15, February and in 20 Days has seen sponsors donate thousands of dollars  worth of product and services, fans pledge multiple good deeds and the SKYCITY Breakers bring a positive effect to over 500 kiwi lives through their time and the game of basketball. There has been school visits to training for low decile schools, game day experiences for children suffering from Laukemia and a huge effort from everyone involved to get behind the idea of giving back without expectation.

Bartercard New Zealand has a solid track-record of supporting over 100 communities and Not-for-Profit organisations.  Onehunga High School is one of these; their partnership dating back to 2006.  With their rich history and dedication to basketball, they were the ideal school to receive the jersey.   

John Scott, Bartercard CEO commented “It’s great to hear that these kind acts do occur; it restores your faith in humanity.  We’re delighted that we can show our gratitude to Aaron and the support of the Breakers by presenting this jersey to Onehunga High School. I know it will have a special place at the school with the basketball legacy that has been left by ex-student, Shea Ili.”    

Read Aaron's story here.

About Bartercard: 

Following its creation in Australia in 1991, Bartercard New Zealand became the first international licensee a year later. There are now 6,000 member businesses across New Zealand, trading over $200 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year.

Bartercard operates in eight countries worldwide and is the largest global trade exchange business.

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For all media enquiries, please contact Tina Burns, National Marketing & Communications Manager on +64 9 414 6809 or tina.burns@bartercard.co.nz 

February 2017
Press Release

 

Bartercard Foundation

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$80,000 for Heart Kids NZ, thanks to Bartercard Foundation.
 

Bartercard Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with Heart Kids NZ, the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), right through their life. 

Each week, 12 babies across New Zealand are born with a heart defect.  While there are surgical procedures that can improve the heart's function, there is no cure for CHD.

Heart Kids NZ receives no government funding, has no affiliation with the Heart Foundation and must fundraise for all of its services. The Bartercard Foundation is thrilled to be able to step in and help support those fundraising efforts.

And it has wasted no time in raising funds.  Already more than $80,000 trade dollars has been raised - $32,000 trade dollars of it in just one day, thanks to a fundraising event which encouraged Bartercard members to ‘Gift a gift of giving at Christmas’ to friends and family in lieu of a physical gift. 

It’s not just donations the Foundation is looking to assist with. It is also keen to get involved in events around the country, all of which will be advertised on the Heart Kids website throughout the year.

The Bartercard Foundation is made up of three trustees who oversee its operation, on a voluntary, unpaid basis. They are Raymond Goubitz, Bartercard Trustee, Ted Midlane from Legal Consultants Ltd and the recently appointed Carmel Clark from Telephone Market Research.  

Raymond Goubitz says: “The Trustees of the Bartercard Foundation are delighted to support Heart Kids with the valuable support services they provide to the families of Heart Children. Using Bartercard Trade Dollars, the Foundation will assist their cashflow and help raise their profile.  We’re thrilled by the initial support of our member community and their generosity – it goes to show what can be raised in just a day for something so worthy.”

He adds: “The Bartercard Foundation chose to collaborate with Heart Kids after consideration of many different charities which do not receive government support.  It was felt Heart Kids were best placed to utilise Trade Dollars to assist them in achieving their objectives for the forthcoming year.”

If you would like to donate to Heart Kids, go to https://donate.HeartKids.org.nz/ or visit heartkids.org.nz to find out more about this worthy cause.  For more information on Bartercard and its services visit: bartercard.co.nz

The Bartercard Foundation was established in April 2010 and is a registered charity to support charities which require wider national prominence for their great cause.  100% of the donations raised go to the chosen charity.  Unlike most other charities which aim to pass on 80% of their donations with 20% covering expenses and other costs, all of the Foundation’s operating costs are paid for by Bartercard. These costs are increasing due to additional financial reporting obligations and information required to be supplied to the Charities Commission.

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For all media enquiries, please contact Tina Burns, National Marketing & Communications Manager on +64 9 414 6809 or tina.burns@bartercard.co.nz.  

1 November 2016
Press Release

 

BC Marketplace-102

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BARTERCARD NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES ONLINE MARKETPLACE

Target of $500 million turnover a year by 2020

As the cash-free economy continues to grow, Bartercard NZ has launched an online marketplace for its thousands of members to make trading even easier.
 
More than 16,000 account holders throughout New Zealand belong to Bartercard, with more than $200 million worth of goods and services traded annually.
 
The company has ambitious growth plans, and Chief Executive John Scott says the new Marketplace – launching on Tuesday, 1 November – is a major step in that direction.
 
“Marketplace will greatly enhance our members’ experience, streamlining the trading process and giving them the ability to control what promotions they want to see and when they want to see them. It also analyses their search interest, provides insights and suggests deals they may not have thought of.”
 
Scott says the single gateway allows members to access all Bartercard portals via just one application, allowing for better management and a smoother end-to-end process, with more products and features being added to Marketplace over the coming months. “We’re continually improving our digital offering as we have identified this as an area where significant growth can be achieved. 
 
Scott says the Marketplace launch follows research undertaken to better understand what information Bartercard members want to receive, how and when.
 
“We combined their feedback with comments from our trade brokers and developed this new platform to give Bartercard members greater control and improved trading opportunities across the network,” he says.
 
Features of Bartercard Marketplace include:
 
  • A browsing platform for member listings and promotions, products and services
  • A streamlined process for receiving national promotions across the network
  • Members can choose what they want to receive and when
  • Analytics and targeting based on what members have selected to receive, as well as data on their own products and services
 
“It opens up greater opportunities to trade and enables us to become far more efficient in providing timely and relevant promotions to our members,” says Scott.
 
The launch of Marketplace ties in with the Bartercard Online Trade Show which runs from 1 to 15 November.
 
Scott says the key sectors active in Bartercard NZ are professional services, hospitality, automotive, construction and building, and food and drink.
 
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For more information, or to arrange an interview with John Scott, please contact Annie Hogan at Lassoo Media and PR on 021 725 259 or annie@lassoo.co.nz
For Media Queries: Contact Tina Burns, National Marketing & Communications Manager, Bartercard on 021 1011518 or tina.burns@bartercard.co.nz
 
About Bartercard: Following Bartercard’s creation in Australia in 1991, Bartercard New Zealand became the first international licensee a year later. Since its inception, the Bartercard Trade Exchange has grown to more than 16,000 account holders across New Zealand trading over $200 million worth of goods and services outside the cash economy each year. Bartercard operates in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, India, South Africa, United States, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Cyprus. 
 
August 2016
Press Release

 

Batrercard feedback

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IN A DEAL WORTH $22.5M CASH, $2.5M IN SHARES AND $5M RAISED FOR COSTS AND WORKING CAPITAL, BPS TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, WHO OWNS BARTERCARD, IS TO ACQUIRE ENTERTAINMENT PUBLICATIONS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.


Entertainment Publications Australia and New Zealand is a popular and prominent business-to-consumer (B2C) deals platform which produces the Entertainment Book and the Entertainment Digital Membership.  It has 550,000 members and a relationship with 12,000 SMEs and 18,000 NFPs. 
 
The collaboration will provide many exciting opportunities for both partners.  The vendor of Entertainment Publications, Mr Ben Johnson, who will remain as Chairman of Entertainment after completion, said, “Entertainment Publications and BPS share the same culture and values, making this a natural win for both companies. They share the same vision for providing marketing solutions to businesses, value to customers, and support to community organisations and the charitable sector. It is a win-win for everyone.” 
 
As part of the acquisition process, BPS undertook a detailed financial and legal due diligence on Entertainment. Further detail on the acquisition is set out in the presentation announced to ASX. 
Mr Trevor Dietz, CEO of BPS Technology said “I am delighted to welcome Entertainment into the BPS group. Entertainment is an excellent business led by an ambitious team who share our core values. We expect the joining of our longstanding, valuable business networks to deliver an increasingly compelling value proposition to merchants, consumers and not-for-profits. This acquisition brings several attractive near-term growth opportunities within reach, the benefits of which will flow to new and existing BPS partners, merchants and shareholders.” 
 
It is anticipated the settlement of the acquisition will be completed mid-September 2016. 
 
 
Highlights: 
 
  • BPS to acquire Entertainment Publications Australia and New Zealand, a leading business-to-consumer (B2C) deals platform which produces the Entertainment Book and the Entertainment Digital Membership 
 
  • Acquisition set to boost BPS’ growth profile with FY17E pro forma revenue growth of 118% and FY17E pro forma EBITDA growth of 49%. Significant future growth potential with the combined BPS group benefiting from a network of 36,000 SMEs, 18,000 NFPs and 550,000 paying customers (“Members”) 
 
  • BPS successfully completes institutional placement, raising $27.5 million to fund the Entertainment acquisition and to provide growth / working capital 
 
  • Institutional placement was significantly oversubscribed with strong demand received from institutional and sophisticated investors 
 
  • All eligible BPS shareholders invited to participate in a non-underwritten Share Purchase Plan at the same price as the placement ($0.94 per share) 
 
About BPS Technology Limited (ASX: BPS): BPS Technology Limited is a leading provider of technology platforms and management systems in the Digital Payments space for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) in eight countries. Its technology platforms and systems help to drive customers to its SMB merchants. More than 24,000 SMBs transact in excess of 1.8m transactions worth $600m+ per annum using its various technology platforms. BPS earns fees on all transactions over the platforms via its subsidiaries Bartercard, TESS and bucqi. 
 
About Entertainment: Entertainment Publications is a business-to-consumer (B2C) deals platform with an established model proven over 21 years of profitable operations. Entertainment provides restaurant and activity guides with special offers from more than 12,000 SMEs to consumers across Australia and New Zealand. 
About Bartercard: Bartercard operates the world’s largest trade exchange. It allows small to medium businesses to conduct business transactions without the use of cash. There are 50,000+ card holders in 8 countries currently. Bartercard transactions can be conducted online, via its mobile app, across more than 7,000 bank EFTPOS terminals and on bucqi terminals. 
 
About bucqi: bucqi is a disruptive technology based around a loyalty platform designed for SMBs combined with a robust and innovative mobile payment app for both merchants and consumers. The payments platform has been two years in the making and has a number of patents pending. It allows consumers to easily pay for goods and services without taking out their wallet or swiping their credit card and they earn and redeem reward points via a wide range of participating suppliers. It has been launched in three regional cities in Queensland Australia and Wellington in New Zealand.

For more information, please contact:
Trevor Dietz
CEO, BPS Technology
+61 7 5561 9111
trevor.dietz@bpstechnology.com
 
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