Nick Stevens

Office: Auckland – Ellerslie


People often ask what Nick specialises in at LINK. The answer is that he specialises in selling businesses. It does not matter if it is under $1million or over $50million, the enjoyment is in doing the deal and having a happy Purchaser  and Vendor.

Nick is a  Senior Business Broker at LINK Ellerslie, where he started broking in 2001. He has been General Manager of the Ellerslie office since 2017 to 2020. Nick has been a director of LINK International Group Ltd since 2008. A career working in sales and marketing, both as an employee and a business owner, earned him a true understanding of what it takes to succeed in this challenging business environment. Having personally experienced the trials of business ownership, Nick can relate to his clients’ needs, objectives and concerns, especially when it comes to getting the very best price for their business.  

Nick has personally helped over 250 business owners’ market and sell their businesses since starting in 2001. While he has specialised in the franchise sector he has and still does sell businesses across all sectors. He has been involved in the sale of franchise systems and master franchises, ranging from 1 to over 200 franchisees and sale prices from under $1m to the 10’s of millions. He has also facilitated the sale of many national and international brands along with many other market sectors.

In his first two years as General Manager for the Ellerslie office he grew the business by over 60% to where it became the largest business brokerage office in New Zealand. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 the office took out the REINZ award for Largest Business Brokerage in New Zealand. In 2019 the office one LINK award for of Excellence in Business Broking.

Nick presents seminars to business owners on all aspects of grooming a business for sale, including the sales process itself. He also writes regular articles for national magazines,  social media and print such as the New Zealand Herald. 

Nick is an award-winning broker. He has twice been awarded the Broker of the Year award for LINK Ellerslie, and has been the proud recipient of the prestigious, New Zealand Salesperson of the Year award, for the LINK group. 

Passionate and focused, when helping business owners prepare for sale, Nick is thorough, professional and ethical. Undertaking an effective and results-focused sales process, to achieve the very best sale price, is his key to success 

As Nick says, “You only get one chance to sell your business, so it makes sense to do it right!” 


Would you like to understand what your business is worth? 

To get a FREE, no obligation appraisal of your business and learn how best to prepare it for sale, in order to maximise sale price, email Nick now at


  • 2021 No 3 Most Marketing – Auckland, Ellerslie
  • 2021 No 3 Broker of theYear – Auckland, Ellerslie
  • 2016 Best marketer of the year
  • 2015 Most businesses sold
  • 2015 No 2 Broker of the year
  • 2014 No 4 Broker of the year
  • 2013 No 2 Broker of the year
  • 2012 Sales person of the year
  • 2012 No 1 in Marketing
  • 2010 Broker of the year
  • 2007 No 1 in Marketing
  • 2007 Most mandates in the office
  • 2007 Exceptional performance in sales
  • 2006 Exceptional performance in sales


Using JD Hyslop’s team at Link Business was by far the best decision that I made for selling my business.
I had spoken to other brokers and these guys had, by far, the most positive attitude to getting my business sold.
From the initial meeting where they gained a verbal understanding of what I was trying to achieve to the quality of the Information memorandum they got the marketing on point.
It wasn't all plain sailing as on two occasions a conditional deal was reached, and the buyers dropped out… of these because of a serious health scare. I was ready to give up, but JD kept me going. I was so frustrated with people backing out, but the experience of the LINK team showed through. We went back to market and on the third occasion secured a deal at a higher price that went unconditional.
Selling your business is an emotional experience but these guys were always available and level-headed and they got the job done.
If you are about to sell your business do yourself a favour and chat to this team, you won't be disappointed. 
​Thanks Guys!


Nick and JD were very professional during the sales process.  JD in particular was very good at identifying suitable candidates for the business which resulted in less stress and a successful sale.

Having been told that a Law Firm would be very difficult to sell, I decided to use the services of JD, Nick and the team at Link Business.  The results were excellent with a smooth and timely sale, while achieving the best possible price.  JD, Nick and the team were extremely professional and it was a pleasure doing business with them.  I would not hesitate to recommend them to a prospective Vendor. Many thanks team and well done!


Working with JD and Nick was a great experience. As a first-time business seller, they took the time to explain the process and provide me with the relevant information at the correct time. Their communication was excellent. Throughout the sales process, we worked together on the strategy, timing and approach, and my options were always clearly presented, well thought out and constructive. I enjoyed working with them, and fundamentally would not have sold my business without their expert assistance.

Nick was very patient with us and showed that he genuinely cared about the business. JD was also available for questions, catchups and updates. They both exhibited a high level of professionalism throughout the process, they were able to bring in potential purchasers that we would not have found for ourselves and they ultimately helped us to sell the business for the asking price we are happy with.

JD and Nick are an extremely professional and diligent team who handled our sale with complete confidence and helped us to achieve the best possible price.  We wouldn’t hesitate using them again and recommending them to other prospective vendors.  Thanks guys, and keep up the good work!