By Euro Weekly News Media • 19 August 2015 • 13:56
From January to July of 2015, more than 500 businesses have been opened in Fuengirola.
“From the Council, we are doing our best to take every measure possible to give all our support to those who wish to open a company in Fuengirola, especially from the New Businesses Department, where we aim at facilitating all paperwork as much as possible,” said Head of the Department Ricardo von Wichmann, who added: “Thanks to these new businesses, new employment is being created in the town.”
A few years ago, the town council launched a measure through which all those residents who wanted to set up a certain kind of business could do so without a licence, only by telling the Council and paying necessary fees.
“Paper work is extremely easy,” he said, and continued: “When the business is open, the Council will ensure that all regulations are being complied with.”
The new 425 Fuengirola-based businesses include amongst others, travel agencies, fashion shops, hair salons and property agencies.
“These numbers go to show the healthy financial situation of our town,” he concluded.
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I wonder how many of these are businesses close closed down soon after opening? I know of 2 where the people have have closed down ‘walked away’ in the last 6 weeks and others that are in two minds to continue or not because of the obsession of the local police to continually fine bars for trivial things and in some of these they are more than slightly dubious. I hear from the people I talk to that the local police insist in harassing people in the bar trade, strangely these seem to be mostly bars owned by foreigners and in many occasions come from Spanish businesses denouncing them because they are… busy.
Personally from what I hear and I talk to a lot of bar owners… I find he town hall does not help businesses in Fuengirola but hinders them, I am sure if someone did a survey of the businesses in the town 85% would say the town hall and local police try to throw as many concrete blocks in local businesses ways as they can… apart from the businesses where people in the town hall or local police are their friends… but I never mentioned that OK! The latter I see every day by a couple of bars/restaurants that have their terrace seating way out ‘very obviously’ of their bounds and nothing is ever said to them… goodness help an English bar that did that, they would be pounced on at every oppertunity.
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