Is Nando’s a Franchise?

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Orignially posted on 15/10/2018. Updated on 24/03/2019.

The Nando’s story began back in 1987 when Fernando Duarte invited his friend Robbie Brozin to a Portuguese restaurant in Rosettenville, South Africa. After sampling the peri-peri sauce marinated chicken, their love of the delicious tangy taste tempted them to buy the restaurant and expand the business so others could enjoy it too.

After they had renamed the restaurant ‘Nando’s’ - based on Fernando’s son’s name -the two ambitious founders set to work on the expansion of their business. And they did exactly that. Within two years, the Nando’s brand had three restaurants in Johannesburg and another in Portugal.

Thanks to the delicious food and casual dining experience, Nando’s has been a success since the very beginning. The brand was introduced to the UK in 1992 and there are now nearly 400 restaurants across the country, giving it more Nando’s outlets than any other.

With over 1,180 restaurants in over 35 countries, the love for the Nando’s peri-peri chicken is taking over the world, one bite at a time.

Is Nando’s a Franchise?

Yes. Nando's is a franchise and the model has enabled the brand to achieve unbelievable growth since its launch in 1987.

However, the UK arm of Nando’s is run by a private equity company which is owned by a South African family. Rather than offering new Nando’s franchise opportunities, Robby Enthoven, who manages the UK operation, has focused on improving what the brand has to offer. An example of such developments is the recent move into providing a takeaway service.

According to the Nando’s website, it doesn’t have any plans to franchise in the UK any time soon and, internationally, franchises are only available in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Nando’s Franchise Cost

As it’s not possible to invest in a Nando’s franchise in the UK, it’s difficult to put a price on how much it would cost. However, when the brand was recruiting franchisees, a total investment in the region of £800,000 was required.

As you can imagine from a franchise with the size and reputation of Nando’s, it was seeking franchisees who were passionate, hardworking and success-driven. The brand was keen to partner with aspiring entrepreneurs with an extensive knowledge of their local markets and who were able to cope with the demands and pressure put on the restaurant industry.

Despite it not being possible to start a Nando’s franchise in the UK, there are plenty more chicken franchises that you could get involved with if you possess the necessary skills, personal traits and funding.

Chicken Franchises in the UK


Franzos was established in 2012 as a challenger to the Nando’s franchise, offering its customers peri-peri chicken made fresh for each order. Now, with ambitious plans to become a household brand name just like its dominant competitor, Franzos is looking to grow through franchising.

The ideal franchisee will have a positive, can-do attitude, an understanding of how to provide excellent customer service, be a good manager, be driven and most importantly, be passionate.

If this sounds like you, bear in mind that it isn’t essential to have any prior experience in the restaurant industry as you’ll receive two weeks of in-store training when you become a franchisee. You’ll receive support with recruiting staff, how to operate your business successfully and how to develop striking marketing campaigns.

You’ll need to make a minimum investment of £150,000 to become a Franzos franchisee, and there is an expected revenue of £750,000 after two years. There are also franchise fees of £17,500. Head to the Point Franchise website to find out more about this exciting franchise opportunity that is currently looking for franchisees in the UK.

Chicken Cottage

The Chicken Cottage concept is built on offering fresh, convenient and inexpensive food to customers. In 1997, the brand adopted the franchising model and now has 80 stores operating in the UK, Belgium, Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq and Italy.

When you become a Chicken Cottage franchisee, you’ll attend a comprehensive training programme where you can learn about all areas of staff management, processes and procedures, health and food safety and customer satisfaction. The course topics are delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face training, at your convenience.

When all modules have been completed successfully, you’ll be required to work in an existing store for a minimum of four weeks to get a feel for the hands-on side of the job. It’s comprehensive training packages like this that separate the weak from the strong franchises in the demanding fast food sector.

The brand is currently looking for franchisees in Scotland, Ireland, the North East, the North West, the South West and the South East.

A Chicken Cottage franchise will cost between £200,000 and £250,000 to set up, with franchise fees of between £15,000 and £30,000 depending on the shop size. Head to the Chicken Cottage website to learn more.


Favorite is the largest British-owned fried chicken franchise in the UK and, having traded successfully since 1986, is a well-established and popular brand. Favorite has been triumphing for over 30 years now, with over 90 locations in the UK and overseas. So much so that it now offers a fully structured franchise system, with a product menu and operational system to equal the best in the sector, whilst still maintaining an affordable cost for franchisees.

Potential franchisees should share a passion for offering convenient meals made from fresh chicken. The brand is determined to not compromise on quality in order to maintain low costs and quick production times. In return for your investment, you and your staff will receive full training and ongoing support from a team of experts, including all operational matters and assistance with complying fully with health and safety legislation.

The start-up costs are generally between £120,000 and £180,000, which includes 12 months of exclusivity in an agreed territory. Register your interest on the Favorite website today.


As with any franchise, when you buy a chicken franchise you need to make sure you do your due diligence. Owning and operating a chicken franchise isn’t always easy. Ensure that you’re fully aware of what owning a restaurant entails and if it’s right for you. You need to be prepared to work unsociable and long hours, particularly in the beginning, and stick to the franchise system that has been developed by the franchisor.

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