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Meet Andrea Böck: “2014 is going to be a wonderful year for the Costa del Sol!”

Author: John Hollway  |  March 12th, 2014

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Andrea Böck, founder of Ambience Home Design

Andrea Böck: I can ski or snowboard in the Sierra Nevada all morning, and be back in time for a late lunch in Puerto Banús!

Andrea Böck has had a passion for beautiful properties, beautiful architecture and beautiful furniture for as long as she can remember. Originally from Düsseldorf, she spent a holiday with a friend living on the Costa del Sol who offered her a place to stay if ever she wanted to relocate here.

Back home in Germany, and gazing out of her studio window at the seemingly interminable cloudy grey skies, 13 years ago she decided to take her up on her offer, leaving her native Germany to move to the Coast. Founding Ambience Home Design in San Pedro de Alcántara in 2002, Andrea has never looked back…

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Lexland invite VIVA to celebrate the opening of their new offices

Author: Holly Purnell  |  March 11th, 2014

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Lexland Abogados

Lexland Abogados modern new offices on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella

With a refreshed and updated corporate image, on 20 February 2014, law firm Lexland Abogados invited the entire VIVA team to celebrate their move to their brand spanking new offices on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella. Bright, spacious and stylish, the new offices provide the highest quality facilities to offer all clients and collaborators a premium service.

Not only a chance to see the new offices, the event was also the perfect opportunity for all staff from both companies to meet and to build a close professional relationship, and for our VIVA team to gain a wider understanding about the foundations and philosophy of Lexland AbogadosContinue Reading

VIVA fever sweeps Sweden

Author: Holly Purnell  |  March 10th, 2014

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VIVA in the Swedish news!

VIVA in the Swedish news!

Our very own Carina Ulander, VIVA Partner for our Calahonda & Nueva Andalucia offices, was featured in Friday’s edition of Sweden’s biggest tabloid, Expressen.

Not only that, but it was the most read article on Saturday and qualified for a placard which only the very hottest articles get…! Continue Reading

Villa Padierna Michael Campbell Golf Academy

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 6th, 2014

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Marbella's Villa Padierna is a world-class hotel and golf resort

The Costa del Sol has long known how to attract golf enthusiasts. The plethora of world-class courses in the region, set amid a kaleidoscope of backdrops that range from rugged mountain to sparkling sea, is, however, just one small part of the overall package.

Golfers want good weather – the Costa del Sol has that in spades. They also want easy accessibility, all year-round – Malaga airport caters admirably for their needs. And then there’s the après golf activities such as the 19th hole bar, fine dining, golf attire and golf property – nowhere else in the world can quite match the Costa del Sol on this front, either.

And now the region is adding another golfing string to its golfing bow – the forthcoming opening of the Villa Padierna Michael Campbell Golf AcademyContinue Reading

Gordon Ramsay bringing his TV spice to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 5th, 2014

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TV chef Gordon Ramsay will be filming on the Costa del Sol in May and June

Foul-mouthed TV chef Gordon Ramsay is set to head to the Costa del Sol in May and June to film a new TV series about struggling expat restaurant owners.

The chef, 47, will be bringing his unique brand of motivational encouragement to a selection of handpicked, Brit-owned restaurants along the Coast as restaurateurs compete to earn the recognition as most improved establishment… Continue Reading

Spain jobless figures continue to fall

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 4th, 2014

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Spain's economic recovery is beginning to create more jobs

Official data from Spain’s Labour Ministry has revealed that the country’s jobless total fell by 1,949 in February – the first time since 2007 that the shortest month of the year has seen a fall in unemployment.

This latest round of job creation means that there are now 4.81 million unemployed people in Spain – a figure that still accounts for 25 per cent of the working age population and remains one of the highest in the EU… Continue Reading

New expats moving for fun, not work

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 3rd, 2014

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The joys of overseas living are increasingly the reason why Brits become expats

A recent survey by international networking forum InterNations has found that 17 per cent of the 11,500 expats polled said they moved countries because they enjoy living abroad.

While this percentage was lower than the 34 per cent who emigrated for work, the gap has narrowed – particularly when compared to more established expats. A similar poll by insurer Axa PPP of 1,000 people who have lived abroad for more than two years found that more than half moved because of their career.

The results suggest that work opportunities, while still the most decisive factor when relocating, are no longer the overriding reason why people seek a new life overseas.

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From drag to driver: Spain now one of Europe’s leaders, say Rajoy

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 28th, 2014

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The Spanish Prime Minister is confident that Spain is now a key part of Europe's future

In a rather bullish state of the nation address this week, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke of how Spain is no longer a drag on Europe, and is now seen as a key driver in the continent’s economic future.

That message of positivity was delivered on the back of an encouraging set of figures released by the government that showed a better-than-expected one per cent rise in GDP forecast for 2014. Such an increase, although modest, would allow for sustained job creation in Spain for the first time in six years… Continue Reading

Ten rather British expat problems

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 27th, 2014

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Life's a beach for British expats in Spain, save for a few awkward encounters

There are few things that have me in stitches. In a literal sense, I went over the handlebars of my BMX when I was a nine-year-old, cutting a hole in my chin that required a daunting trip to the emergency room and an even more daunting telling-off from my mom. In a metaphorical sense, the occasional funny cat meme might do it, but more often than not my default chuckle setting is mild mirth.

That is until I stumbled across the Twitter account Very British Problems. If you’re in any way a typically awkward, overly-polite Brit, I urge you to check it out. It’s hilarious… Continue Reading

Spain debt rating upgraded with a positive outlook

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 26th, 2014

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Spain's fledgling economic recovery has now been recognised by credit agency Moody's

International rating agency Moody’s has upgraded Spain’s economy by one notch, a move that reflects the country’s careful rebalancing of its economy and the introduction of more flexible labour laws – the effects of which have created a more sustainable growth model.

While this is good news indeed for Spain’s economy, the fact that the country has been upgraded from Baa3 to Baa2 shows that there is still plenty of work yet to be done before ministers can claim that Spain is truly out of the woods… Continue Reading