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Nordsee is a restaurant franchise, specialising in providing high quality seafood-based dishes.
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About Nordsee

Nordsee are a German franchise specialising in fish products and other food and drink items. The brand has been in operation for over 120 years, providing high quality fish across Germany. Since it began franchising in 2001, Nordsee has grown into an international brand, with over 370 locations across Germany and the rest of the world.

The brand retains its focus on sourcing the best quality fish, and emphasises sustainable stewardship of fish, as well as retaining a natural approach. As a result, all of their food products are free from artificial flavourings and flavour enhancers, and all fish must be derived from quota-based catches, with complete transparency about the source of the product.

The brand is a fantastic opportunity for anyone keen to establish themselves in the food and drink industry, with a sustainable edge that will provide an advantage in an evolving market.

Where is the head office for the Nordsee international franchise based?

The main headquarters for the Nordsee franchise are located in Germany. However there are individual teams available for support and assistance in each country, including the UK, for international franchisees.

Where can you find a territory to start a Nordsee franchise?

To find out more about starting a franchise and the opportunities available in the UK, contact the main franchise team directly for more information about potential territories.

How much does it cost to start a Nordsee franchise?

To start a franchise with Nordsee, you will initially need to invest a total of approximately £350,000. This includes the cost of the entry fee for one site, and the deposit payable towards inventory and rent. This also includes a franchise fee and marketing fee, chargeable at five per cent and two per cent of the net revenue.

The cost of the franchise might vary slightly, depending on other regional costs related to a specific territory.

What kind of financial support is available with a Nordsee franchise?

The brand does not provide any kind of financial assistance with starting a Nordsee franchise, however, as it is a well established and highly reputation international company, you may be able to secure funding through most major high street banks or lenders. You will need evidence of having sufficient cash resources beforehand, and will need to be able to demonstrate having liquid capital of at least £120,000, as well as a clear business plan.

What sort of experience or background do you need with a Nordsee franchise?

To start a franchise with Nordsee, you should have prior experience of managing a restaurant and being self-employed in some capacity. You will also need to show commitment to the franchise and be willing to be a partner with the brand for a minimum of five years, and be interested in growing to open further outlets in the future.

As the brand is passionate about sustainable and natural approaches to food, it can be helpful to have similar interests, and be keen to learn more about this subject.

What kind of franchise options are there with Nordsee?

Nordsee offers a variety of options for potential franchise partners, with a variety of choices that are suitable for different experience levels and location types. Their franchise site options include restaurants, snack shops, food courts and food trucks.

The restaurant and snack shop model is best suited for those with a background at a similar experience level. For a snack shop, you will access to an area of around 80 square metres, and is well suited to spaces such as shopping centres, railway stations and airports. A restaurant franchise will require a location which has at least 100 square metres of space, in an area of at least 50,000 inhabitants.

A food truck is well suited for franchisees with an existing territory looking to expand further into other areas, or into local events such as festivals and food markets.

The food court franchise package is best suited for franchise owners with extensive experience in managing a restaurant at a similar level, in a territory with at least 300,000 residents.

Is there any training or support included with a Nordsee franchise?

All franchisees receive comprehensive training with a Nordsee package, including advice and guidance on choosing a location, territory-specific logistics, staff training. They also provide support and training on the brand’s food and resource philosophy, as well as sales and marketing training, to understand how to appeal to a variety of target groups.

What business opportunities are available with a Nordsee franchise?

Nordsee is a highly reputed and long standing brand, and with over a century of experience behind it, it is a well established leader within the seafood sector, having hundreds of outlets across Europe and further afield. With its size and history, the brand has invested extensively into pioneering solutions for sustainable fishing ensuring that their franchisees can enjoy both a profitable and responsible career in the long term. They also work to tackle food waste, by partnering with food saving brands, and offering doggy-bag stations in restaurants, to encourage diners to take home leftovers instead of discarding them.

With this focus on organic, fresh and natural products, and sustainable eating, the brand has a strong appeal to consumers who are increasingly better educated on the source of their food, and want to make environmentally positive decisions.

With a wide range of food products on offer, Nordsee also offers franchisees the opportunity to offer an exciting variety of food, from classic fish based snacks such as burgers and sandwiches, to more diverse offerings including sushi and a range of cooked seafood.

How to get started

To find out more about starting a franchise with Nordsee, contact them using the form on this page to request an initial franchise information pack to learn more about the brand and the franchise offer. You can then complete the franchise application form, and discuss opportunities with a member of the franchise team.

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