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New Franchise Association chair, vice chair elected

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New Zealand Post’s National Franchise Manager elected as Chairman of the Franchise Association of NZ

Ian Robertson is an experienced franchise professional with more than 20 years in the franchise industry; initially as a franchisee and then in franchise sales, recruitment, training, operations and management. He was elected to the Board in 2011 and as Vice Chairman in 2012.

He brings with him a wealth of hands-on experience across the franchise sector, with previous involvement in both large and small ticket retail systems, along with experience in the home service sector.

Ian is still passionate about franchising and the benefits it has to offer and he commented, “As an industry that generates a turnover of approximately $20 billion in New Zealand, franchising contributes significantly to our economy. The high standards set by members of the Association, combined with their commitment to self-regulation, certainly add credibility to those franchise systems and affiliates that are members”.

As the new Chairman, Ian commended previous Boards of the Association for their focus on self-regulation. He went on to say that the work carried out by the Board over the past two years, to develop and implement the free pre-entry online course for prospective franchisees was a major step forward. “A clear focus for the Board over the coming 2 years will be on-going education for existing members and targeting additional quality franchise systems and affiliates to take up membership”, he said.

Also elected was the new Vice Chairman, Brad Jacobs, Director of The Coffee Club, New Zealand.


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