Is Nando’s a Franchise?

15/10/2018 18:00 | Food franchises

nandos franchise

The Nando’s story started in 1987 when Fernando Duarte invited his friend Robbie Brozin to a Portuguese restaurant in Rosettenville, South Africa. After sampling the chicken marinated in peri-peri sauce, they decided to buy the restaurant with the desire to share the taste they had experienced.

The restaurant was renamed Nando’s after Fernando’s son and the two ambitious founders set to work to grow their business. And this they did. Within two years, the Nando’s brand has 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 now with nearly 400 restaurants, has more Nando’s outlets than any other country.

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

Is Nando’s a franchise?

Yes, and no. Nando's is a franchise, and the model has enabled the brand to achieve unbelievable growth since its launch in 1987.

However, currently, 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 heads up 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.

Despite the Nando’s franchise being one of the most popular chicken restaurants in the world, there is no longer an opportunity to become a franchisee in the UK. There are no plans to increase the number of Nando’s franchise restaurants in the UK or Ireland any time soon either. Only South Africa and Australia have franchise opportunities available for the foreseeable future.

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, they were seeking franchisees who were passionate, hardworking, and success-driven. They were keen to partner with aspiring entrepreneurs with a deep knowledge of their local markets and who were able to cope with the demands required in the restaurant industry.

Even if you can’t buy a Nando’s franchise in the UK, the skills and personality traits remain the same if you have a desire to run any successful chicken franchise.

Other chicken franchises available

So, Nando's may not be recruiting franchisees, but there are plenty of other chicken franchises available for investment.


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 ambitions to become a household brand name just like its inspiration, Franzos is looking to grow through franchising.

You’ll need to make a minimum investment of £150,000 to become a Franzos franchisee and possess the following qualities:

• A positive, can-do attitude
• An understanding of how to provide excellent customer service
• A good manager of people
• Passionate
• Driven

If this sounds like you, then you don’t need any experience in the restaurant industry as you’ll receive two-weeks of in-store training when you become a franchisee. You’ll get support to help with recruiting staff, how to operate your business to be a success and how to development eye-catching marketing campaigns.

Chicken Cottage

The Chicken Cottage concept is built on offering fresh, appetising, convenient and inexpensive food to customers. In 1997, the brand started franchising and now has 90 stores operating in the UK. A Cottage Chicken franchise will cost you approximately £250,000 to set up your store.

When you become a Chicken Cottage franchisee, you’ll attend a comprehensive training programme. You’ll learn about all areas of staff management, processes and procedures, health and food safety and customer service to name a few. The course topics are delivered through a mix of online and face to face training for 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 discover aspects of the job that can only be learnt from taking a hands-on approach. This level of training and coaching sets you up to succeed in the demanding fast food sector.


Favorite is the largest British owned fried chicken franchise in the UK and is well- established, trading successfully since 1986. For 30 years, Favorite has proven its success by offering a fully structured franchise system, with a product menu and operational system to equal the best in the sector, while maintaining an affordable cost for franchisees. The start-up costs are generally between £120,000 and £180,000 which includes 12-months exclusivity to an agreed territory.

Potential franchisees should share a passion for offering convenient meals made from fresh chicken so that the quality of the food is not compromised. In return for your dedication, you and your staff will receive full training and ongoing support from a team of experts. This includes all operational matters and assistance to comply fully with Health and Safety legislation.


As with any franchise, when you buy a chicken franchise, you need to make sure you do your due diligence. You may have had your heart set on a Nando’s franchise, but you should research the other opportunities available.

Owning and operating a chicken franchise isn’t always easy though. Make sure you’re fully aware of what being a restaurant franchisee entails and if it’s right for you. You should 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.

If you’re convinced that this is the right decision for you, then you can enjoy the success and satisfaction that comes from making your customers happy with great service and delicious food.


Other recent articles
Did you enjoy this article? Please rate this article
Be the first to rate this article


post a comment

Characters remaining: 250