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"The original B & S"

A review of Busi & Stephenson Ltd by Eric Deeks Hobart written on Friday 8th of October 2010

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I was engaged by Mr D R Busi in 1949 as a manager in 1949. I had stations in Kumasi,Lagos,Ibadan and I left in 1961 because conditions in WA were unsuitable for a growing family. I am now 87 yrs old.

In Kumasi,for example, we bought over 4000 tons of cocoa each year as well as trading in consumer goods and building materials.Cycles were imported in units of 50 completely unassembled;the local Ghanians were adept and skilled in assembly fron the spokes up.Likewise with sewing machines.We also did a large trade in textiles. We took a lot imports from Germany and Japan who were just recovering from the war.

In Nigeria we traded in cocoa, palm kernels,cotton and smaller items such as chillies.Mr Busi founded the Company and it expanded entirely due to his skill and enterprise.During the Depression when many companies trading in WA collapsed,B&S always made a profit. Mr DRB was a remarkable man! The company had active trading connections world wide and I understand that trading with communist countries were free from hassle.

I suppose that my old style of trading no longer exists.There was a lot of bush travelling and very individual price had to be negociated on the spot. It as very hard bu interesting work. At end of 18 months we were tired out and ready for leave in UK. DRB insisted that we travel by sea. He never went to WA..

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