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The Costa gets ready for the exodus from Britain during the Olympics

The Costa del Sol wants to become a refuge for the British who flee from London during the Olympic Games, which will take place from 27th July to 12th August this year. A report by the Association of British Travel Agencies (ABTA) states that the Olympics being held in Britain creates an invaluable opportunity for the preferred destinations of the British, such as the Costa, as 21 per cent of those who were asked said that they don’t want to be in the country during the great sporting event.
The exodus of Britons will start in June when the effects first begin to be felt, such as the stricter security measures which accompany the Games.
The Tourist Board is already working on a strategy to intensify publicity so as not to miss this opportunity, which comes at a time when Spain is the favoured destination of the English and the Malaga coast is an important area.

Cristóbal Montoro asserts that more Europe, more structural reforms and more budgetary stability are the path to exit the crisis

 In May the number of foreign contributors to the Social Security system grew by 31,264 workers, or 1.83%. It is the third month in a row there has been a rise after eight months of declines. May is usually a month when the number of foreign contributors grows due to agricultural work and the tourist season.

The Minister for the Treasury and Public Administration Services, Cristóbal Montoro, stated on Monday in the Upper House, that faced with a critical and crucial period for the Spanish and European economy, “more Europe, more Euro, more structural reforms and more budgetary stability are the path to exit the crisis”, together with “adequate financing as a result of European integration, through the ECB, which must respond with firmness and consistency to the pressures of the markets which are still trying to create barriers to the development of the common project that is the Euro”.

Number of foreign contributors to system has grown for the third month in a row and stands at 1,739,943

The improved figures can be seen in all the Social Security regimes, except that of Domestic Workers, which is being phased out (30 Junes marks the last date for these workers to be transferred to the Special System within the General Regime) and the Special Coal Workers regime, which was down by 0.81%.

There was a notable increase in the Special Self-Employed Regime, which was up by 1.45%, and the Seamen Regime, up by 1.26%. The General Regime was up by 3.12%.

In annual terms, the number of foreign nationals continues with negative growth, significantly more so than the total number of employees: there was an annual fall of 5.61% in the group, compared with a fall of 3.39% in the system as a whole. Both figures reveal that the trend suggested in previous months is continuing: the loss of jobs is affecting foreign workers more than Spanish ones.

Keep Your Business and Personal Finances Separate

Business owners intertwine business and personal finances all too often. After all, you are your business, but muddling up the two will mean a mess at tax time.

Even if you’re just starting out, it’s essential to split up these two parts of your money life. Treat your business, big or small, like a viable entity.

“That starts with tracking your business expenses separately from your personal, even though initially it may feel like they are one in the same if you are a one-man shop,” says Cynthia Heil, a certified financial planner with Cascade Financial Management in Tampa, Fla.

5 Resolutions for Freelancers in the Coming Tax Year

Every year around tax time, we enjoy wishing freelancers a happy new year. That’s because one of the best times to get serious about personal finance is now, when you’ve finished your taxes and have resolved to organize your financial life better for next year.

Most of the time, we’re addressing young freelancers who are struggling to make ends meet and making mistakes experienced freelancers have long ditched. But every year we meet experienced freelancers who are doing things the hard way. For example, there’s the social media guru — a man who recently billed one client six figures — who told us that his filing system consisted of stuffing receipts and unopened bank statements into plastic bags scattered around his office. It was April 1, and he was determined to organize the contents of all eight bags in a day so he could meet with his accountant.

Marbella: your own piece of old-world charm

Between the beaches and the jagged peaks of the Sierra Blanca mountains sits Marbella’s old town – its Moorish casco antiguo – an unexpected pocket of peaceful, cobble-stoned charm and antiquity among the southern Spanish resort town’s modern mix of working local life and tourist trappings.

Most buyers in this part of the Costa del Sol scuttle to the holiday complexes near the beach or villas in the hills – homes with pools, lawns and parking spaces. But Marbella’s historic centre, an enclave of whitewashed houses, shady squares and family-owned restaurants, offers something that a new development never can.

Four out of the province’s nine beaches given the Q for Quality are in the city

The summer nine beaches on the Costa del Sol will fly the Q for quality flag, a distinction awarded by the central government’s Institute of Tourism_Quality (ICTE), taking into account the services provided. Four of the nine beaches are within the municipal boundaries of the city of Malaga. The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, will hand over the awards to representatives of the respective town halls at an event held on June 5th.
What may seem odd is that none of the beaches on the western Costa del Sol are included among the nine highlighted for the quality of their services, despite this being the area which hosts the greatest volume of tourists in the province.
As well as the four city beaches (El Palo, Pedregalejo, Misericordia and El Dedo) the other award- winning stretches are Algarrobo- Mezquitilla, Torrecilla and Burriana (Nerja), and Benajarafe and Torre del Mar in Vélez-Málaga.

History of Marbella

The city of Marbella was founded by Muslims who established its overall structure and architecture. Before the Muslims came, there were several different villages and cultures within the area of Marbella, the ruins of which can still be visited today.
In the old part of the city, you can still find the influence of the Romans.

In 711, the Moors, led by Al-Tarik, came to Spain through the area that today is called Tarifa. Marbella was the perfect location for the Arabs to settle due to its proximity to Tarifa. Here they set about building their city and their main monument is the castle, La Alcazaba which was built to defend the city.

The Five Broad Strokes of Marketing

A lot of marketing theory confuses people because it’s more complicated than it has to be. While wondrous new technologies can help you in your mission of raising your profits, marketers don’t let those technologies blur that mission. Keeping it simple is a powerful competitive advantage when it comes to speed and profitability.

The seller is happy when the buyer is happy. So make as many buyers happy as you can. That requires quality and service, but that’s why you’re here — and it’s not complicated.

The entire process is made up of five broad strokes. Take those strokes and add as many bells, whistles, systems, technologies, apps and economic doodads as you want — but be sure that all five broad strokes are taken. Do that and you’ll never think that marketing has to be anything that Simple Simon couldn’t handle with his right hand tied behind him.

5 Ways to Make Sweet Music for Your Business

If you’ve ever walked into a retail store and wondered why certain music is playing, there may, in fact, be some rhyme and reason to the selection.

Research has shown that consumers shop longer and make more purchases when they’re exposed to music. You can use music to make your store so appealing people may want to return — even if they don’t have any buying plans. “We’re often told that because of our atmosphere, customers come into our shop on days when they need a pick-me-up or to simply relax and recharge,” says Ann O’Shields, owner of The Nest Egg, a home-furnishings shop in Fairfax, Va. “We play upbeat music and enjoy seeing our customers singing along as they shop.”

Of course, it’s important to make the right musical match with your target customers. For instance, if you’re selling upscale products, the best choice is probably classical or jazz.

In addition, music can help engage employees. “Ongoing research shows that music can boost performance in the workplace by reducing employee stress and depression, improving employee retention and saving companies significant amount of money,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of the National Association of Music Merchants, a music industry nonprofit in Carlsbad, Calif.