Jason Gehrke

Director, Franchise Advisory Centre (Australia); and Vice Secretariat for Communications

Jason has more than 30 years’ experience in the franchise sector and is the founder of the Franchise Advisory Centre, a leading provider of education in franchising best practice. He is a regular contributor to franchise magazines, and publishes Franchise News, Australia’s leading email news bulletin on franchising trends and issues.

Jason is also a director of the Franchise Council of Australia, and a director on the boards of two franchise brands: Inspirations Paint (a network of 136 home improvement stores), and Think Water, a chain of 50 irrigation supplies stores across Australia and New Zealand. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Business School of Griffith University, and a longstanding member of the Australian government’s Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) franchise consultative panel.

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    Global overview by World Franchise Council

    Director, Franchise Advisory Centre (Australia) and Vice Secretariat for Communications

     

    In broad terms, franchising around the world has been slowed but not stopped by the pandemic. Many managed change in the early stages of the pandemic, and many brands surprised themselves with how quickly they and their franchisees adapted to a new normal. The economies of many nations are now bouncing back to similar levels before Covid, and this rising tide helps lift all boats.