Our very own Nando’s band, The 1987, made an epic return to the stage last night for a special gig with a few new faces in their line-up. A grand old time had by the hundreds in attendance for a good cause with all ticket and merch sale proceeds going to Nando’s Fighting Malaria, protecting over 6000 lives for a year. Who said Tuesdays have to be boring?
“I joined Nando’s with an eye on growth and development, mainly professionally. I’ve had that opportunity, but the main thing has been personal growth and the chance to work with some incredible people on amazing projects. I’ve been supported at every step, and encouraged to put as much of myself into my work as I am comfortable with. Other companies I’ve worked for have been more rigid or formal, but it’s the interaction, fun and honesty here that allows us to get things done” – Michele, our Head of Construction
"Nando’s isn’t just a place of work, as the central support building name insinuates it’s a house where everyone looks after each other. It’s a family away from home where your work colleagues are also some of your closest friends. Everyone genuinely cares for each other and will help mould and develop you into a better person" - Dan from our Technology team
“I’ve been working with our suppliers to make the packaging for some of our products more eco-friendly. As a result, we’ve made over half a million pieces of packaging fully recyclable and reduced a further 3900kg of plastic waste. It’s great that I can make an impact in the business, and that Nando’s gives me the opportunity to do so” – Frank from our Commercial Team
“Was a bit emotional being up on stage and receiving this award in front of 650 people. What really struck me was how happy everyone was for me! What I love about Nando’s is the inspirational leadership at every level that encourages us to be part of more, whether that’s getting involved with community projects or helping each other grow professionally” – Richard from our Property Team, this years winner of our Be Part of More award
“My journey started in 2008. I had just moved to the UK from South Africa, and I guess Nando’s was the closest thing to home I could find. I quickly learned that this was no ordinary place to work, and the amount of support you get to help you grow professionally and personally made me fall in love with the company. We genuinely care for the development and personal growth of every single individual that works in our amazing business. We are really one big happy family” – Corne, the Patrao (General Manager) of our East Croydon restaurant
“For me to attend the Nandoca Forum made me really happy. Not only were they giving us useful information, but they showed us why it is important. Not only was this the best day of my week, but this day will be imprinted in my mind forever. I'm grateful I was able to go because I now have an insight on everything that goes on behind the scenes” – Jessica from our Finsbury Park restaurant speaking about our Nandoca Forum, which is a listening forum where our Nandocas (team members) hear about the business, and share their thoughts and feelings about their restaurant and Nando’s in general with their management teams and Central Support
“We asked our customers to round up their bill to the next pound. It's such an easy way for everyone to get involved without breaking the bank, and everyone feels good. It’s a nice feeling to know that we have helped someone less fortunate than ourselves and it really felt like an easy way to connect with our customers and make them feel involved. It feels great to be leading the charge on something so meaningful” – Danny, the Patrao (General Manager) of our Cheshire Oaks restaurant talking about their fundraising efforts for Nando’s Fighting Malaria
The best of the best Grillers from the Nando’s world travelled from far and wide to Dublin for our International Grillers’ Challenge final last week to compete for the coveted title for 2019. After an epic competition, we’re very proud of Abi who represented the UK & Ireland who came in joint 2nd, and massive congrats to PJ who takes the trophy home to the USA
Our version of an annual conference isn’t quite the same as elsewhere. Indaba, our gathering of leaders from the UK & Ireland took place last week in sunny Seville and was themed around ‘Be the Best Me’. Our leaders connected and took part in activities focused around the mind, body and soul, including a sunrise paint rave, of course. Always good for the soul.