Buying a business

Buying an established business or franchise can be a good way to get yourself started in New Zealand.

Investing in a proven business model or an existing business that already has customers and cash flow can have advantages over starting a business from scratch.

Ways to find a business in New Zealand

Contact a business broker

Business brokers will generally have several businesses on their books for sale at any one time. Some specialise in particular sectors and will be able to offer industry advice and opportunities. Remember however that brokers work for the seller, and that the better the sale price, the better their commission.

To find a business broker visit the online business brokers’ directory on nzbizbuysell or simply search online for ‘business brokers in New Zealand.’ 

Search online

Search ‘businesses for sale in New Zealand’ online, and you’re sure to find a variety of websites and services with businesses listed for sale. You should also check nzbizbuysell and companysales.

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Contact trade associations

The local Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development Agency should be able to put you in touch with relevant industry or trade associations who may know of business opportunities in their area. If they can't help, they will usually know someone who can.

Consult a professional adviser

Major law firms and accounting companies provide the legal and financial services to investors buying or starting a business. They may also have useful contacts and information on potential business opportunities. Most of the big international names in legal and financial services are represented in New Zealand.

More information

To learn more about buying a business in New Zealand visit business.govt.nz.

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Page last updated: 17/08/2016

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