Business Sales Australia Testimonials

Below you will find some testimonials from our happy customers about their experiences with Business Sales Australia’s best business brokers.


Testimonials – Gary Dutton


During our recent purchase I encountered Gary Dutton as the seller’s agent. I was impressed with Gary’s professional, proactive and practical approach to ensuring a smooth sale process.

I am happy to recommend Gary to other business owners looking to sell their business and the greatest testimonial I can offer is that I would utilise Gary’s services in the future should I chose to sell my own business.

Michael Hansen, Owner.



To whom it may concern

 I came from overseas and was completely bewildered about how to acquire a business in Australia. Gary Dutton, business broker from Business Sales Australia was recommended to me by my accountant.

Gary is an articulate negotiator. He is able to resolve almost any issue between opposite parties: the buyer and the seller. His ability to handle complicated questions shows his experience of dealing with business sales through many years.

I am happy to have had a chance to work with Gary and I will definitely involve him in complicated business negotiations in the future. His business skills, personal attitude and an ability to find a solution makes me proud to recommend Gary Dutton as a professional business broker and an excellent negotiator achieving desirable results. I recommend involving Gary Dutton in the business acquisition process.

JMT &A PTY – Director  –  Murat Zholtayev


Jay and I would like to sincerely thank Gary on the sale of our business. You came highly recommended and we can see why. Your attention to detail, constant updates and follow ups was a great reassurance through what can be a very stressful transaction.

Being in the real estate industry I know how difficult it can be to negotiate where by both parties are happy with the outcome, and you made it seem so easy.

We have, and will continue to recommend you to anyone looking to sell their business. Thank you once again.

Suni & Jay Surti


Gary, you have been very helpful during the process of selling our business.

You have made a proper investigation on the day to day running of our business and you had an in depth knowledge about our business when it went to market. We appreciated your professional and honest approach during negotiations.

We have also discussed your approach with the buyer of our business after settlement and we all agree that you have always acted professionally and fair to all the parties involved.

At the end we are very satisfied with your service and happy with the outcome of the deal. I would recommend your services to anyone with out any hesitation.

Best regards – Stephan & Marianne Vorster


Testimonials for Mark Petersen



We appointed Mark Petersen to sell our cafe, Mark sold our business within 4 months of being listed, with a smooth transition. I could not have asked for a better business broker, that kept me informed throughout the process.

If your looking for a honest, genuine broker that gets results  then Mark is your guy !!


Ozzie Di Battista



Lyn and I just wanted to extend our appreciation to Mark Petersen for all his assistance in getting our business to contract and then settlement.  Due to the unique nature of our business, it was always going to prove a challenge for him to find the right buyer but his perseverance and experience paid off and he found us the perfect buyer resulting in a win/win situation for both ourselves and the new owner.  Mark always made himself available to answer our queries and took the time to keep us posted throughout the lengthy and complicated contract negotiations.

 We appreciate all his efforts and professionalism and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Mark to anyone looking for someone to manage the sale of their business. 


John and Lyn Kerrisk


Mark Petersen was recommended to me by a mutual acquaintance. I was very unsure of the process of selling a business and Mark put me right at ease. He assisted me with all the grey areas and once we were established, Mark scanned potential buyers. My business was sold in under 12 months and I am very happy. Mark is a hard worker and will achieve results.

David & Helene Ellis



I could not have asked for a better result when selling my business. Mark Petersen  was direct and to the point at every step of the process. He gave me excellent advice and kept me up to date with every development while selling my business. Because of him, I received the full asking price and I am now able to move on. I have recommended him to others, and they too are now using him to achieve the same result.

 Lee Murphy



To whom it May concern

I have known Mark Petersen for 16 years and he has been a business broker for all of this time. When I came to deciding to sell Sage café and Yellowfin restaurants in Broadbeach, I telephoned Mark explaining my intentions; we met up and Mark asked many questions to get a complete understanding of the business; he then explained the whole sale process, how the businesses were to be valued and marketed and the likely time taken for the businesses to be sold.

Throughout the last 9 months, Mark has been very approachable and constantly giving me information and feedback on potential buyers. He screened buyers well so I did not have time wasters come through the businesses and potentially disrupting staff.

I feel Mark has been very reliable and certainly honest with what he has been disclosing to me. Always friendly, its been a pleasure to discuss how the sale process was going including the dealings with the final purchasers. At no time did I feel under any pressure to accept an offer and in fact I would have to say that everything was made quite stress free. This is definitely an added bonus when selling a major asset like a business.

The businesses are now sold within a reasonable time frame, I got a good price for them and its been quite stress free. Hence I have great pleasure in recommending Mark to any business owner who is contemplating selling their business. It’s an important decision and be rest assured, you will be very happy with Mark Petersens performance.


Andrew McElhone

Former owner; Sagecafe restaurant/Yellowfin seafood restaurants in Broadbeach





I am writing this testimonial for Mark Petersen on behalf of my wife and myself. Mark, for us has not just been a commercial real agent but rather a guide and true well-wisher. He had in-depth knowledge of the property, the business and also entire Gold Coast region. Although he was seller’s agent he supported us right from signing of the contract to settlement of the deal. His experience in the business industry helped us answer many questions pertaining to our investment. He remained always available to answer our never ending queries and was quick to find new information if we required. Mark went beyond his mandate to make us feel comfortable throughout the entire process of the deal. There were times when we hit some road blocks through the finance approval process but Mark played the role of excellent liaison between us and the owners. We would not have able to get through if it was not for Mark’s timely help at various stages of the deal. I need to mention that this permananet positive attitude towards life in general is a bonus. We highly recommend Mark to anyone who would like to do buy or sell any type of Business on Gold Coast.


Amol and Sonia



Mark and Susanna Hardy

18th December 2015

In December 2015 we purchased a business through Business Sales Australia. The broker was Mark Petersen.

We had been looking for a business for 8 months and had numerous dealings with business brokers. The quality of business brokers is varied. Most brokers do not respond to requests for information and do not follow through on what they promise to do. It is very frustrating.
Mark Peterson, on the other hand, was in a totally different league. From the beginning he was extremely professional and built a strong rapport. He always did promptly what he said he would do and he never failed to call back quickly if we left a message. He was prepared to go the extra mile if needed.
Mark offered us support by connecting us to professionals who helped us navigate the purchase. His recommendations of lawyer and finance broker were very good and gave us confidence to proceed on our first business purchase. We were purchasing in a different state to our home which presented some barriers too. Mark was able to help us negotiate those barriers.
At one point we walked away from the business for a few weeks and pursued other businesses. After a month Mark followed us up and was able to re-engage us in negotiations. He was not pushy but was able to build on the rapport he had already established.
Mark worked very hard to get this sale. He was in regular communication with us and the seller helping us to negotiate the terms of the sale. We do not believe that any of the other brokers we had experience with could match his commitment and focus. His involvement was a crucial part of the success of the deal. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for a business broker.

Mark and Susanna Hardy


We are writing to show our sincere appreciation for the excellent work you did selling our business. Your professional manner, which you displayed right from the start with our first meeting with you, could not be faulted.   You recommended “Sale by Set Date” – You had a PLAN of how you were going to sell the business, kept us informed at every step along the way, and followed through with it perfectly resulting in an excellent outcome for us at the end.  Your trustworthy manner made us feel the sale was “safe in your hands”.  

 Our business was an unusual business and you had it sold in 16 weeks and even after the contracts were signed you were still taking enquiries just in case.  You worked hard to sell our business, you were always punctual, respectful, polite and sensitive and brought definite potential buyers. You advised us when you felt we needed it, explained things as required and showed patience with us.  You took meticulous pride in how the photos and website presentation was carried out and wording thereon.

 Once again Mark, thanks very much for all the hard work and we would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who is contemplating selling their business, which we have already done and you have managed to sell it aswell.

Wishing you well in all future sales.

 Lauren and Heather Plews

Action Carpet Cleaning

Flim flams the Party Shop



We were referred to Mark Petersen by a good friend of ours after he had successfully sold two of their businesses. Upon meeting with Mark and explaining a little about our business and our desire to sell, we found him to be very understanding of our position. After discussing current market conditions, analysing our financial records and discussing the current market value for our business; we agreed on a price and Mark suggested the best plan of action towards a successful sale.

Our advertising went live three days later and within a week we had received two good offers on the business. We accepted one of these are are now proceeding along well to settlement in under two week’s time. What a result! Mark has been very professional and helpful to both parties throughout the whole process.

Thank you Mark for everything you have done for us, we will be certain to utilise your services again in the future and we will have no hesitation recommending you to anyone looking to buy or sell a business.

Jason Morris

8th Jan 2014



Re: Purchase of Burleigh Town Post Office

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance during the acquisition of the above business. Your honest and straight forward approach with us and the vendor was in my opinion an important key to the success of the purchase.

I have had the opportunity or rather may I say the misfortune of dealing with a few other brokers on the Coast over the past couple of years whilst looking at various businesses. However your refreshingly simplistic, uncluttered and clear presentation set the tone from the start. You had a good knowledge of the business and any information requests were dealt with promptly by yourself. I congratulate you on your professionalism.

I am certain that we will have the opportunity of working together again in the future.

Thanks & Best Regards

Ra Anand


Maehr & Associates Pty Ltd

Jan 2012