ABS Business Sales Testimonials

Our customers speak for us! Read what they have to say about their experience with our products and services in their own words on our testimonial page.


Arnold was exceptional throughout the entire process of selling our café. His market knowledge and customer service skills are unparalleled. From listing to closing, he was responsive, professional, and offered valuable insights that ensured a smooth and successful transaction. I highly recommend Arnold for any business sales or commercial real estate needs.



Arnold Pierce Kelsey played a pivotal role in helping us purchase our dream café.


One of Arnold's standout qualities is his unwavering dedication to his clients. He was always available to answer my questions, provide guidance, and offer reassurance during what could have been a stressful process. His professionalism and excellent communication skills made the entire journey feel smooth and effortless.


Thanks to Arnold's guidance and expertise, I am now the proud owner of a thriving cafe that perfectly matches my vision. I couldn't have asked for a better business broker to guide me through this important milestone in my life. If you're in the market for a business or commercial property, I wholeheartedly recommend Arnold. His knowledge, commitment, and genuine passion for his work make him an invaluable asset in the business brokerage industry. Thank you, Arnold, for helping me turn my dream of owning a cafe into a reality!

Seth Rodgers

This is not the first time I had dealt with a business broker however importantly this is the first time I have bought a business via one.  That is telling as a good broker is also a business person with an acute understanding of structuring, equitable elements of the transaction and that they ultimately need to keep the parties together and moving. 

Arnold understands the underlying business and how to find the right fit.  He demonstrated the required patience to drive the transaction and knows what is fair in the negotiation.  He also intuitively understands transaction structuring to improve the odds that a win win outcome needs.

I wouldn't hesitate to sell my other businesses via him in the future.

Rob And Janine Dennis

Hi Arnold.

Appreciate your honesty, and really appreciate everything you have done for us to get this business over the line. 

It's not often in business you meet someone and become friends and have a great business relationship at the same time.

We wish you all the best in the future and will organise another dinner when we are visiting Brisbane.

Please keep in touch if things change at your end.

Thank you once again Arnold.

Anthony & Roxanne Smith

We are thrilled to provide a testimonial for Arnold Pierce Kelsey, an exceptional Business Broker. Working with Arnold has been an absolute pleasure, and we cannot speak highly enough of his expertise, professionalism, and dedication.

When we decided to sell our business, we knew we needed a trustworthy and knowledgeable broker who could guide us through the complex process. From our very first meeting, Arnold demonstrated a deep understanding of the industry and a genuine passion for helping us achieve our outcome. 

Arnold's attention to detail is remarkable. He carefully analysed every aspect of our business , including financial records, market trends,and potential growth opportunities. His comprehensive understanding of the market allowed him to accurately assess the value of our business and develop a strategy to maximize its appeal to potential buyers.

Throughout the entire selling process, Arnold kept us informed the whole way. He responded to our questions and provided valuable suggestions. We always felt well-informed and confident that the business was in the best hands.

We are very grateful to Arnold for his unwavering commitment in helping us sell our business. We wholeheartedly recommend Arnold to anyone in need of a business broker who genuinely cares about the success of his clients. 

Anthony & Roxanne Smith

Peter and Glenis McPhee

If you are looking to sell your business, Arnold Pierce Kelsey is the broker you want.

We listed our business with Arnold last year and he got the job done. His success came from his ability to gain a good understanding of our business and therefore determine the attributes of a potential buyer that might be the right fit. He knows how to filter the genuine prospective buyers from the tyre kickers.

It was quite a complicated deal which included the sale of a leasehold as well as the sale of the ongoing business. It was a lot to pull together including the transfer of existing employees. Arnold communicated well with us throughout and was persistent until the deal was sealed. He demonstrated an uncanny ability to take the stress out of some difficult contractual negotiations and smoothed over potential sticking points.

We have great respect for Arnold's skills as a business broker and would highly recommend him to others.


David and Loan Hall

I would like to express my gratitude to Arnold P Kelsey from ABS Business Sales, on behalf of myself and my wife. From the first call to the very last document, Arnold was top class, second to none. I have dreamed of the day when I could sell my business and enjoy a relaxing retirement. Arnold has changed my life, always going the extra step and Arnold managed to secure a much higher price for the sale than I had ever expected.

I believe that Arnold P Kelsey is an asset to ABS Business Sales.

Daniel Parfitt

I was forced to sell my butcher shop due to personal commitments. Due to the conditions of my lease, I only had three months to sell. Arnold advised me that even though it was a tough call due to the time restraints, he felt that he could do it. I engaged Arnold and after a few interested parties, he had a sale contract signed in less than seven weeks. Being in a shopping centre, the biggest challenge was assigning the lease to a buyer, who had never had a previous business or lease. Arnold was amazing with his dealings with the real estate agents, the centre management and the solicitors representing the landlord. During all my dealings with Arnold, I found him honest, extremely professional and able to come up with solutions to any issue that arose. He made himself available 24/7 and we even had the settlement on a Sundav.

Arnold was able to demonstrate that he is able to negotiate the most difficult commercial lease and the successful sale of a business. I highly recommend Arnold as a first class business broker and should I, or anyone else I know ever require such services, I would not hesitate to contact him again.

Gerry Mezzina

Follow Agency

I’ve worked with Hugo for the sale of two businesses in the past five years, one hospitality venue and most recently a marketing agency. Although two entirely different businesses, Hugo’s tailored approach to the marketing and targeting of relevant prospective buyers led to two successful sales within months of listing each. His approach is hands on, consultative, and he works hard to get a great outcome - of course the price is important, but he also worked to get favourable terms of sale from handover periods and payment terms. Hugo is responsive, supportive, and clear in his communication and offers a wealth of experience that made selling the business as stress free as it could be. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking to sell their business.

Kiri Johns

Hugo Martin was professional from beginning to end, explaining the sales and legal process every step of the way. Extremely approachable, quick to respond to phone calls, texts or emails. Hugo set realistic expectations and timelines.

Would highly recommend Hugo for any size Business sale, and I wouldn't hesitate to contact him again. 

Allan Kang


I approached Arnold Pierce Kelsey to sell my multi-million dollar business in August 2021. He was extremely attentive and made himself available 24/7 from the first day I contacted him until the day of settlement. After qualifying many enquirers, he found a few interested parties who wanted to purchase my business. He eventually narrowed it down to one genuine buyer who was prepared to make a reasonable offer. I was not prepared to accept the first offer however he did not stop to negotiate with the very astute buyer for a while and was able to obtain an acceptable offer eventually. We had the contract signed exactly three months after I gave Arnold the listing. Unfortunately, we had a very difficult landlord, who made it almost impossible to assign the lease to the buyer. It took months of negotiations, between myself, my lawyer, the buyer and Arnold who advised us and kept it all moving along. Arnold also made himself available to supervise and confirm the stocktake on the weekend. Arnold has all knowledge and skills that the seller needs to get the business sold at such a premium price. I wouldn’t have any hesitation recommending Arnold to anyone as a top-notch business broker and negotiator. As his interview from US television networks stated, Arnold is a class act.

Steve Alexander


I would like to thank Lara for the outstanding professionalism and service she provided and the ABS team that resulted in the successful sale of our business. Having never sold a business in this way, her advice and readiness to help was greatly appreciated. The many issues that typically crop up were never a problem because she shared her knowledge and gave us the correct path to follow. We spoke to a number of so-called competitors and were underwhelmed. Lara’s approach made her stand out above them. We are forever grateful to the people who referred us to Lara.

Tony Cardew

Diatomaceous Earth Online

I recently sold my business through ABS after trying myself for a year. The value provided by Ian from ABS was extremely worthwhile over the next 18 months that it took to find the right buyer. The assistance and help presenting was invaluable; dealing with the numerous enquiries saved me a lot of time. Once we found the buyer the contact was put together to suit the buyer and myself and I was able to conclude the sale without a lawyer (big saving). I can highly recommend ABS as a very professional brokerage and wish I had not wasted my time by trying to sell it myself.

Glenn Beebe

Budget Floor Sanding

We engaged Arnold Kelsey from ABS Business Sales and during the ensuing three month period he presented to us six prospective buyers one of which who went onto purchase our business. This was in stark contrast to the previous broker that we had engaged who during a six month period presented to us not one prospective buyer.

During this process Arnold always was in touch to keep us up to date and always made himself available, even on weekends. He was diligent and focused on the task at hand and I would highly recommend him to those who are looking for results.

Barry White

Previous Owner of Strata Mow

We recently sold a business using ABS Business Sales and really appreciated their professional, friendly and enthusiastic manner from initial engagement to final settlement. Mark Kitson kept us informed at every step of selling our business, which was great as it we had never been though this  process before. Mark was always available, no matter how small the query, and the result for both sides of the transaction was undoubtably positive and reassuring. The team at ABS all played a part in the sale of our business, and we are grateful for their genuine interest in the needs of both the vendor and purchaser of our business. 

Mike & Helen Grace

Previous Owners of AbFab Catering

From the outset Hugo was our only choice as broker to help sell our catering business in 2017/18. His many years' experience in the hospitality industry gives him the ability to understand both what a buyer and seller needs to bring a deal to a successful conclusion. He has the ability to recognise which buyers have potential and which are suited to the particular business on offer. Being a straight talker he lets both parties know the pros and cons in any situation. We have no hesitation in recommending him to be your broker.

Margaret Hourn

Previous Owner of ABee Promotional Products

We recently sold our business with Harry of ABS Business Sales - we appreciated his professionalism, perseverance, patience and advice - and as a result would recommend ABS Business Sales.

Brian Cutajar

Previous Owner of A1 Furniture

Firstly we would like to congratulate ABS Business Sales for an outstanding result in the sale of our business.

We had our business for sale with an international brokerage firm that made big promises with inflated sale price, expensive sign-up fee with no results.

After a frustrating period of time, fortunately, we saw ABS Business Sales heavily promoted everywhere, so we decided to make contact with the company and the business brokers gave us immediate attention and assistance.

Now the business has successfully being sold. We wish to thank the sales team, for all their long hard work to get to this result. We highly recommend ABS Business Sales due to their persistence and professionalism in pursuing the sale

Annette Muller

Previous Owner of Designed to Sell

I didn't come by Hugo by accident. When it was time to sell my business, I asked several very successful business owners who'd they recommend as a business broker.

Hugo sold our business within 3 weeks of it being on the Market. I first met Hugo in my store in July and the business settled in September. He sold it for near the asking price.

I would thoroughly recommend Hugo as he has the experience, understanding, systems and contacts to value and market your business.