Want to set up a business in Spain? Read how the locals and expats in the Axarquia area have set up their business. Or use this section as a guide as to where to shop, drink or eat.


This month I interviewed Trina who owns Tin Tin, a hair and beauty salón in Competa. Tin Tin has been in business for a huge 23 years and around 10 years ago I interviewed Trina for the first time, now we come together again 10 years later to see what has changed!

Trina is originally from the Feroe Islands and holidayed every summer in Competa with her parents who bought a home in the village in 1984. In 1992, after Trina had finished 5years at Hairdressing College, she


Sail and Stay based in La Herradura offering sailing trips departing every day from Marina Del Este has been running for nearly 10 years under the ownership of Stephen.

I interviewed Stephen a few years back and went on one of their cruises. Stephen was lovely and the cruise was absolutely fantastic. The whole family had an incredible day out. We went on a lunch cruise that started with fizz and nibbles then we went sailing for a couple of hours, anchored up, had lunch and drinks


1st December 2017 – HoolaTV are pleased to announce that they are now global with over 50 British TV channels worldwide.

 The service was launched on September 15 2017. HoolaTV is now available on the web or via the App stores for iOS and Android. It is not, yet another streaming company but a revolutionary TV service using a proprietary place-shifting technology allowing viewers from all around the world to access British Television from any device. This service is one


Sometimes you don't need a big construction job doing, sometimes you just need a chimney building, or a wall constructing a pool cleaned or a garden maintained.  Sometimes you don't need to call a large company just somebody that you trust that can help with those every day or one off needs.  This is exactly what Jaime thought, so he has set up JMS Services. He is certainly not lacking in experience, credibility or knowledge.

Last month I met Jaime properly for the first time. I have known the family for years as Jaime's mum owns Sunset Properties. His whole family, including his grandparents have lived in Competa for over 17 years.  Jaime went to school and college in Spain, he speaks fluent Spanish and for the last 10 years he has had a varied work experience. He has worked for two of the major construction companies in Competa and also spent 18 months helping his step-dad build their own home which required lots of demolition and rebuilding. He spent 2 years working for a coastal company as a Maintenance Manager.  Now it's time to work for himself. Over the last 10 years he has built up both experience and contacts with reliable plumbers, electricians and builders and feels fully equipped to offer a full maintenance service for all you home and everyday needs.

Denise his mum already passes on work from her clients she has met through her company Sunset Properties and he has already become quite an asset to his non- Spanish speaking customers. Jamie can organise and sort a problem quickly, help arrange car ITVs, talk to car garages about work being done and help with translation and organisation of Insurance claims. 


Creative Property Marketing are a well-established advertising agency, specialising in private property sales.  The business is based just inland from Malaga city and help owners sell their properties all over Spain (to include the islands).  It provides sellers with a cost effective and very successful way to sell their home – finding buyers that, historically would be challenging to find.

Creative Property Marketing is a registered Spanish SL and Sarah and David Rick, the owners of the company, help hundreds of sellers at any one time to sell their homes privately.  The advertising reaches an audience of millions around the world, 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year, with the advertising campaign running for 12 months. 

This approach to selling Spanish property may be rather unique but this does not mean it is complicated – quite the opposite!  The sellers provide photographs via email or send through a memory stick by post, the sellers answer questions about their home, a superb property description is produced for them (with sellers having the opportunity to proof read and ask for changes).  Then the description/advert with up to 40 photographs is loaded onto the world's leading property sales websites.

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