15 Reasons Why Your Business Won’t Sell To Private Equity

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Why is it that some businesses that are otherwise seen as valuable still aren’t attracting sale bids from private equity?

In this episode, Nick breaks down fifteen reasons why you might be being overlooked, and what you can do to turn your company into something far more attractive in order to make that life-changing exit.


  • You need to have not just a high cash flow and profitable business, but also a sustainable growth story that you can tell to the world.
  • If your business is one that attracts customers who visit but only buy once, then it becomes an inefficient business model. The desired situation would be to sell multiple times to the same customer.
  • When you have a product that’s unique, people will seek you out in order to gain your solution. By this token, you are immediately standing both for something and against something, which is attractive.
  • Numbers aren’t everything – culture matters more than you know. A company with massive cultural issues will be an instant turnoff for anyone looking to invest, as it means a wholesale restructuring and re-education initiative is required.


  • ‘You don’t make serious money when you run a business, but you do when you sell it’
  • ‘Growing is obvious. No one is going to buy a business that isn’t growing’
  • ‘You need to start measuring the lifetime value of that client’
  • ‘You’ve got to have values’


Find out now if you’re building a high-value, exitable business (even if you have no immediate plans to sell it). You’ll get an instant PDF report with powerful insights specifically tailored to your business in just 4 minutes.

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Nick Bradley is a renowned entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and business growth expert.
His background is growing and scaling Venture Capital and Private Equity backed businesses globally. Over the last decade, he has completed 117 acquisitions and 25 business exits with a combined valuation of over $5bn dollars.
His mission is to help business founders build valuable businesses and create life-changing exits so they can realise freedom, wealth, and impact.


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About Nick

Nick Bradley is a world-renowned author, speaker, and business growth expert, who works with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors to build, scale and sell high-value companies. 

Over the last decade, he has built, bought and sold 26 businesses with a combined valuation of $5.2 billion dollars. He also works with Private Equity and Venture Capital firms across the UK and the US leading turnarounds, mergers, acquisitions, and scale-ups.

His “Scale Up With Nick Bradley” podcast, which ranked #1 in the UK on iTunes’ business charts, has more than 600k downloads in over 130 countries and has featured thought leaders such as Seth Godin, Evan Carmichael, Neil Patel, Jay Abraham, Patrick Bet-David (and more…). 

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