Works begin in Sabinillas to install fibre optic network

The communications company Movistar (Telefonica) has begun the installation of the fibre optic network which will bring high speed internet connectivity to domestic users in Sabinillas.

The Mayor of Manilva, Diego José Jiménez, and the councillor for infrastructure and works, Antonio Barragán, recently met with technicians from Movistar to discuss the project and the impact local users. The main advantage is that this technology will enable download speeds of up to 300 meg and upload speeds of up to 30 meg, and will also allow local business to access services on ‘the cloud’ in a more speedy and efficient way.

Installation work is already underway in Sabinillas and requires the replacement of the current network of copper wires with fibre optic cable in every street and building.

Manilva Town and the urbanisations present a more difficult task and works there will begin in early 2016, and represents a considerable investment on the part of the operator.

Fibre Optic

Specsavers – Tell the world you look great in glasses

Specsavers - Spectacle wearer of the Year

To highlight and reward the millions of ordinary people in Spain who look amazing in their glasses Specsavers Opticas are running the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. People can enter between the 1st June and the 5th July via Facebook and online at en.specsavers.es/loveglasses by submitting a recent colour photo of themselves wearing glasses.

Anyone from the age of 16 or over can enter and there are five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59, 60+. The person crowned the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year will win €500 and a pair of designer frames. There will also be a semi-finalist from each age category who will each win a pair of designer frames worth 159 €.

All Specsavers staff are fully trained to offer style advice on the latest trends and frames to suit all face shapes and help make glasses wearers look and feel great. The team will be at the Costa Women Big Sparkling Charity Summer Party on 25th June at The Courtyard in Marbella. They will be offering guests a free glasses styling and helping them to enter the competition. Tickets are 25€ which includes a glass of cava on arrival and buffet meal, as well as donation to Fundación Cudeca. Tickets are available at Costa Women events, by calling Karen on 689 992 163 or by visiting The House Hairdressers in Elviria.

People can also enter the competition in store at Specsavers Opticas in Marbella or Fuengirola. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store or enter the competition online en.specsavers.es/loveglasses.

Breaking Spain celebrates its first birthday

Local businesswoman, Katie Rawlins, recently celebrated the first birthday of her business Breaking Spain.

Katie, who has been coming to Spain to visit family since 1999, moved here permanently in 2003, and having quickly learnt the language soon found herself in the role of ‘fixer’ for her many fellow countrymen (and women) who struggle with the Spanish language. It very soon became clear that Katie had a talent for this role and it wasn’t long before she was employed by a local Gestor to help expats with all forms of bureaucracy such as vehicle transfers, residencias, etc.

Having successfully fulfilled this role for a number of years, Katie’s entrepreneurial spirit led to her going it alone and thus Breaking Spain was born.

I asked Katie why ‘Breaking Spain’? “It is based on the title of one of my favourite TV series, Breaking Bad” she replied, “which finished at about the same time as I established the business. It also implies breaking through the Spanish red tape, of which there is a plentiful supply.”

According to Katie, running her own business has been a steep learning curve, and like most of the self employed finds herself putting in very long hours, but it has all been worth it as she is very happy at how the business is going.

Of all the bureaucratic processes, vehicle paperwork and residency matters make up a large chunk of her work, but the list of services is almost endless.

I asked Katie what bureaucratic matters should expats attend to that maybe they avoid, and she immediately replied “everyone who lives permanently in Manilva should register on the local electoral roll (Padron). The more people who register, the more money and resources the local Town Hall receive from the state, including doctors, police, etc.”

Breaking Spain provides a specialised service aimed at the expat community on the Costa del Sol, offering tailor made solutions to cut through the Spanish bureaucracy.

Application for NIE & Residency; Registering for health cover and with doctors; Discreet and confidential assistance at medical appointments; Guidance on tax issues and insurance; Vehicle transfers, importation, payment and research of traffic fines; Translation services; Setting up/finishing utility contracts such as water, electricity, telephone and internet; Passport renewals, and much, much more.

For more information about Breaking Spain visit their website www.breakingspain.com, telephone: 951 273 696 or 616 686 732 or email: katie@breakingspain.com

Katie Rawlins

Nilva puts Manilva back on the wine list

Civima

As you gaze across Manilva’s rolling hillsides, covered in grape vines you must have wondered what happens to the town’s grape harvest. Well most of it is sold for eating or dried on the hillsides to make the famous Malaga Raisins, whilst some of it is pressed to make wines which are sold in the local greengrocers and bars.

There is a small corner though that is striving to put Manilva on the map as a producer of fine wines and is beginning to see the fruits of that labour.

This project centres around the town’s CIVIMA Wine Centre which opened a couple of years ago and is now managed by the concession holder Nilva Enoturismo SL, directed by Argimiro Martínez Moreno.

Originally from Albacete, Argimiro’s family has been growing grapes for decades, but it was as an agricultural engineer that he came to this area in 2004. After a few years he looked into the feasibility of creating a bodega for his family’s product but the financial crisis made this unfeasible, it was then that he was approached by the Manilva Development entity, Funmades, to be a teacher for the Winemaking foundation course they were running. When this finished the Town Hall decided to invite bids for the concession to run the Wine Centre, its vineyard, production facilities and museum. Putting into the action the business plan he had drawn up for his original idea of a bodega, Argimiro was successful and won the concession.

There are three main areas to the business, the first being the growing, harvesting and production of the wine. Nilva has some 1.8 hectares of vines on the Peñoncillo site which as of this year have been officially declared as organic.

Peñoncillo vineyard

The grapes from these vines are then pressed, fermented, racked and bottled in the Centre’s production facility which has a capacity to produce 6,000 bottles of wine annually, with the first year’s harvest producing 2,650 bottles and the second 4,500. Whilst they still produce the sweet wine for which the local Muscat of Alexandria is best known for, Nilva have gone for a more easily marketed young dry white wine aimed at the hotel and restaurant sector.

Given the small capacity, Nilva are looking to produce a more high end product, and with this they have put in motion the process of being granted Denominación de Origen status, similar the French appellations, which would protect the Manilva Wine brand.

Nilva’s mission is also to develop wine tourism to the area for which they are perfectly equipped to offer guided tours to groups of visitors by appointment. There are number of options ranging from a guided tour of the centre’s museum, exhibition area, audio visual presentation, production areas, etc., after which there is an opportunity to sample the wine. Or there is the option to include a visit to the vineyards as part of the tour. Prices start at 8 euros per head for groups of ten or more, or ten euros for a minimum group of four.

The CIVIMA wine centre also boasts a 240 seat auditorium for music and theatre as well as corporate events and presentations, which is available for bookings.

For more information or to book send an email to info@nilva.es or you can call in to the Centre on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday from 11 am to 2 pm. You can also purchase a bottle of Nilva wine from the shop.

Nilva Wine

A White, dry, young wine produced from the Muscat of Alexandria variety. ABV 12.5-13%
Appearance: Straw yellow with green hues, clean and bright.
Aroma: Fruity with powerful aromas, elegant and floral characteristic of the variety.
Taste: A full wine, silky yet powerful, dense but fresh and dry at the same time.
Serve very cold (6 degrees C) Perfect for fish, seafood, rice dishes, pasta, salads, oriental cuisine, etc.

Nilva Wine from ManilvaNilva wine is available to purchase in the Wine Centre’s shop at just 9 euros a bottle.

Business Networking Event to Raise Funds for Charity

The Shaw Marketing Services’ Manilva networking group has announced that 100% of the proceeds from their 18th March event will be donated to The Duquesa Charitable Association of St George.

This monthly, bilingual networking event is usually just for women, but this special fundraising event will be open to all business people on the Western Costa del Sol to give entrepreneurs a friendly and open environment to build their network, find suppliers and make new contacts, whilst raising money for a great cause.

This group is led by marketing and networking expert Georgina Shaw from Shaw Marketing Services, who is passionate about creating a strong group to support the local business community and wants to use this platform to raise money for charity. “I strongly believe that all businesses should make a positive impact on their community and our March networking event will be a great way to support businesses whilst raising much needed funds. We hope as many people as possible will come and take part.”

Dean Tyler Shelton, President of The Duquesa Charitable Association of St George and Area Director at Manilva Town Hall will be attending the event to show his support. Dean commented “I’m thrilled to not only have been invited along to this event, that I personally believe to be optimal for the future positioning of Manilva as a business centre or place to do business on the Costa del Sol and wider Spain, but that they have also chosen our small local charity to be the receiver of the proceeds of the event.”

The networking event costs 5€ to include the networking activities and refreshments and all proceeds will be donated to The Duquesa Charitable Association of St George. The event is being held at CIVIMA (Manilva Wine Museum) from 18.30-20.00 and all business people are welcome.

St George networking meeting

To register please email manilva@shawmarketingservices.com or call on 952 903 154

Key Information

  • Fundraising networking event in aid of The Duquesa Charitable Association of St George
  • 18th March 2015
  • Time – 18.30-20.00
  • Location – CIVIMA (Manilva Wine Museum) – https://goo.gl/maps/9aik6
  • How much? – 5€ to include networking and refreshments (donated to The Duquesa Charitable Association of St George)
  • RSVP – manilva@shawmarketingservices.com
  • Facebook – ShawMarketingServices
  • In association with – The Duquesa Charitable Association of St George, Manilva Town Hall & Costa Women
  • Media Partner – The Resident

Sabinillas Christmas Market

Come and visit Manilva’s outdoor Christmas market between Wednesday 3 and Monday 8 December located on Plaza Vicente Espinel behind the taxi rank in Sabinillas.

This event has been organized by Manilva’s Trade & Commerce Department headed by Councillor Diego Diaz Jimenez so that you don’t have to travel too far afield this Christmas to buy some or all of your presents.

Free paella will be served on Saturday 6 and on Sunday 7 you will also be entertained with some live acts.

There are still a few spaces available for anybody that wishes to set up a stall on this market.

For more information or details for this event please either contact the department directly in the Usos Multiples building opposite Mil Colores or call 952 893 838 or Dean Tyler Shelton on 656 533 260.

Christmas Market

New Sunday market in Sabinillas

Manilva’s Department of Commerce has organised a new second-hand and craft market/carboot sale which will be held every Sunday morning in the La Colonia carpark and Calle Ramon y Cajal in Sabinillas.

The market provides pitches for the many traders who were on the waiting list for the main Sunday market held at the fairground on the Rio Manilva Road, and which will also help to bring visitors in the centre of Sabinillas where they can also enjoy the local facilities.

New Sunday Market

New venue announced for Manilva Networking Group

Following a successful launch event last month, the Manilva Women’s networking group has announced their second event will be on 15th October from 18.30 – 20.00 in the Manilva Wine Centre – CIVIMA.

This monthly networking event offers women working in the local business community a friendly and open environment to build their network, find suppliers and new contacts. Networking will be in a relaxed but structured environment, which facilitates making new business contacts using a range of different exercises and techniques. It’s open to all ladies living on the Western Costa del Sol, or people who want to do business with this part of the coast and there’s a 5€ entry fee which covers the networking activities and refreshments. RSVP to secure a place – info@shawmarketingservices.com

This event is being organized by Shaw Marketing Services in association with Costa Women and supported by the Manilva Town Hall. The Resident is official media partner.

Networking

A great start for the New Manilva Networking Group

Networking

On 17th September the newest business networking group on the Costa del Sol was launched in Manilva with a successful networking meeting. The Shaw Marketing Services and Costa Women event gathered together over 40 business women, representing a wide variety of sectors including marketing, legal, insurance, real estate, healthcare and beauty. They exchanged cards, were led through networking activities by marketing professional Georgina Shaw, and started to form positive business contacts which will help them to develop professionally over the coming months.

Valentina Radu, Area Coordinator for Town Planning, Statistics and Foreign Residents in Manilva attended the event and provided the venue to demonstrate the Town Hall’s commitment to supporting businesses in the province. She commented “For me and the Town Hall, the continuity of this event in our agenda of activities and its success is very important, as we always try and support the local business community with our collaboration. When Georgina first told me about her idea I thought it was a brilliant way for business women in Manilva to interact. Actually the first time I met Georgina was at a networking lunch and I know she is a great entrepreneur and can bring together various businesses in a networking group and also promote Manilva so that business women from other towns can also participate. Both the town hall and myself will continue to support this group and initiative and we invite everyone interested to join us!”

Ali Meehan, Founder of the Costa Women social community was also present and added; “We are delighted to be collaborating with Georgina and Shaw Marketing Services to provide more opportunities for Women in business to make new contacts.  At Costa Women, we embrace any opportunity for businesses to stretch out their hands, ask “how can I help you?” and start an interaction of connecting and sharing.”

This monthly networking event will offer women in the local business community a friendly and open environment to build their network, find suppliers and make new contacts and will be held at Villa Matilde in Sabinillas on the third Wednesday of each month between 18.30 and 20.00. The next event will be held on 15th October, to register please email info@shawmarketingservices.com

Women’s business networking group launched in Manilva

Networking

On September 17, 2014 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm in Villa Matilde, Sabinillas, a new women’s networking group is being launched by Shaw Marketing Services in association with Costa Women and supported by the Manilva Town Hall. This monthly networking event will offer women in the local business community a friendly and open environment to build their network, find suppliers and make new contacts.

Costa Women is a social community and business-networking group for women living in Spain and winner of the Best British Social Club award 2012 in the Telegraph. It provides online and offline networking opportunities for over 3,000 members and is free to join. The new Manilva business group will be an excellent addition to their networking calendar for women in business on the Western Costa del Sol.

This group will be led by marketing and networking expert Georgina Shaw from Shaw Marketing Services, who wants to establish a strong group to support the local business community and help them to thrive. Having previously organized and attended a host of networking events, Georgina will create a relaxed but structured networking environment, which facilitates making new business contacts using a range of different exercises and techniques.

Valentina Radu, Area Coordinator for Town Planning, Statistics and Foreign Residents in Manilva has offered her support for this new initiative and provided the venue to demonstrate the Town Hall’s commitment to supporting businesses in the province.

The event will cost 5€ to include the networking activities and refreshments and will take place on the third Wednesday of each month. To register please email info@shawmarketingservices.com or visit www.shawmarketingservices.com.

To find out more about Costa Women, and to sign up for free to become a member visit www.costawomen.ning.com.