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Meet Jens Wenk: “Making my clients happy is what motivates me”

Author: John Hollway  |  February 19th, 2015

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Jens Wenk, founder of Gecontec SL, with his wife Daniela

Jens Wenk, founder of Gecontec SL, with his wife Daniela

A professional builder in Berlin, Jens Wenk enjoyed his holidays on the Costa del Sol so much that he moved here in 1992, although his work later took him to Lanzarote and Tenerife. But when the time came to start thinking about growing his business, he knew the perfect place. That place was the Costa del Sol and he lost no time in returning to it…

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For a true measure of Spain’s economy, look to its nightlife

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 17th, 2015

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Spanish nights out are legendary affairs, whether you're a local or a holidaymaker

In the Big Book of Spanish Clichés, the debauchery of a typical night out in Spain comes shortly after the popup image of a sultry señorita dressed in full Flamenco get-up.

Clubbing in Spain is something of a religion for many…

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Employment in Spain’s property sector set to soar

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 16th, 2015

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Jobs in the Spanish real estate sector are predicted to rise sharply in the coming years.

The growing importance of the Spanish property market to the country’s economic recovery has been laid bare by consultant firm KPMG, which expects jobs in the sector to account for 10 per cent of Spain’s workforce by 2020…

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Hello, is it Marbella you’re looking for?

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 13th, 2015

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Hello! Lionel Richie is coming to Marbella this summer for the Starlite Festival

US soul sensation and bonafide smooth operator Lionel Richie has been added to the star-studded lineup for this summer’s Starlite Festival in Marbella.

The 65-year-old singer and songwriter is set to headline the festival, which runs from July 22 to August 23, and will be joined by fellow US rocker Lenny Kravitz, Italian tenor and singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli and Roger Hodgson of English rock band, Supertramp…

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Ford completes biggest-ever investment in Spain’s car industry

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 12th, 2015

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Ford has added more than 3,000 jobs at its Valencia plant since 2013

US car manufacturing giant Ford has invested a further €1.1 billion into its car plant in Valencia in what has become the single largest investment ever in Spain’s car industry.

The injection of cash takes Ford’s total investment into its Spanish plant to €2.3 billion, after initially expanding the operation in 2013. Ford has had a presence in Valencia since 1973 when the company first purchased 270 acres of land for its first Spanish factory…

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Three unexpected joys of living in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 11th, 2015

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You know about the sun, sea and sangria, but what else does Spain offer?

You don’t need an article to tell you that life in Spain is blessed with brilliant warmth, near year-round sunshine and many hours spent on beaches, in swimming pools and frequenting local bodegas and tapas bars with reassuring regularity.

But there are certain joys to Spanish living that may not appear immediately apparent, but are nonetheless brilliant reasons to finally make that move…

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Spain economy grows at fastest rate for seven years

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 10th, 2015

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Spain is performing better than it has done since 2007, and is one of the eurozone's fastest-growing economies

The Spanish economy has recently made headlines across Europe and the USA, and for once, it was for all the right reasons.

Media outlets from the Financial Times to the Daily Telegraph and Reuters all reported that Spain’s economy has just posted its best figures for seven years, with various reports suggesting that Spain is now performing better than at any point since 2007

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‘Appy new download to hit Marbella streets soon

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 9th, 2015

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The Marbella Street app could open up a whole new side of the resort to tourists

Marbella Town Hall has announced it is to launch a free mobile tour guide app in the next few days designed to help tourists to the splendid resort to get more out of their visit.

Called Marbella Street, the free app will use iBeacon sensors placed at 100 areas of interest in and about the town to deliver quick and interesting information to its users in either English, Spanish, German or Russian

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Costa del Sol rail plans to be finalised in April

Author: Ian Clover  |  February 6th, 2015

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Details for the long-overdue Costa del Sol railway will be released in April

As far as elephants in the room go, it’s a pretty big one: the curious lack of any discernible type of rail travel servicing the length of the Costa del Sol.

Málaga’s existing suburban link to Fuengirola aside (which boasts an exceptionally good reputation for punctuality, service, cleanliness and modernity), the Costa del Sol’s rail blind spot has been quietly ignored for decades, with EU money instead ploughed into fancy toll roads, bridges and tunnels designed to keep motorists happy.

But all this could be set to change in the next few months as the Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor, has confirmed that details of the Costa del Sol’s long-overdue rail extension are set to be unveiled in April…

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