Bartercard kept cruise firm afloat in the tough times

18th April, 2015

ALMOST left high and dry by tough times, the owners of Gold Coast Canal Cruises joined Bartercard South Coast and soon found themselves sailing into clear waters. 

As members of the Bartercard South Gold Coast franchise, part of Australia’s largest trading network, the cruise operator was able to boost profits and use Barter Trade Dollars to purchase products and services needed to keep its business afloat. 

Rhonda Bayliss, coowner of Gold Coast Canal Cruises with husband Stephen, joined Bartercard in 2012 hoping to ease the financial strain they were feeling at the time. 

The family-owned and operated business began taking bookings from Bartercard customers for daily cruises and private charters aboard their open-air timber vessel, the MV Jindalee. 

“It just works really well for us,” Ms Bayliss said. Since 2009 the company has been offering smooth-water cruises departing from Main Beach and Surfers Paradise. 
Ms Bayliss said they put Bartercard Trade Dollars towards accountant fees, uniforms, printing and other essential supplies. 

Bartercard founder and South Gold Coast franchise principal Andrew Federowsky said the company was experiencing steady growth as local businesses turn to trading systems. 

“We are pleased to be able to offer local businesses an alternative solution to maximise profits under all economic conditions,” Mr Federowsky said. “We have seen a trend towards our members using Barter to cover essentials for their business, rather than spending on luxury goods, as was the case in the past.
“Bartercard offers our members creative ways to improve cash flow for a minimal outlay.” 

Mr Federowsky said the continued growth would also see the Bartercard South Gold Coast team expand in 2015.

Source: Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
Date published: 18th April 2015
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