Popular with celebrities such as pop superstar Beyoncé, Nando’s says it dishes up half a million chickens a week. The company runs 313 outlets under the Nando’s and GBK names in Britain and Ireland, and has more than 1,000 restaurants in 26 countries. Chief executive David Niven, 61, has taken over the running of the business from founder Robbie Brozin. Profits more than doubled to £41.9m in 2012.

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Company details
ActivityRestaurant operator
LocationSouthwest London
Sales £m421.6
Operating profit £m41.9
Main shareholdersCapricorn Ventures International (95%), others (5%)

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