Marbella sees an increase in applications for opening licences
According to an article published in Sur In English.com, a total of 88 applicantions for opening licences were processed in Marbella between December 2011 and January 2012, 70 per cent were for new premises and the remaninder for businesses which had undergone a change in ownership. This shows that, in spite of the economical crisis, Marbella is still a safe value.
This figure is 50 per cent higher than in the same period of the previous year, the Town Hall’s Commerce department confirmed. “What this reveals is that the small business sector remains active in Marbella. Even though many businesses have been forced to cease trading, almost immediately another one opens up, either in the same premises or somewhere else", says the councillor José Eduardo Díaz.
It has been introduced a new licence system calling ‘Express’, which has helped to increase the commercial activity in the city. "These express licences mean that businesses can open immediately, once the owners have made a sworn statement", explains José Eduardo Díaz. "Afterwards, of course, an inspection is carried out to make sure everything is in order". On the other hand, the regulations with regard to fines imposed when failing to comply with the paperwork are being modified, in order to adapt them to the current economic situation, for both the entrepreneurs and the inspectors. "The system will be much more flexible, but this doesn't mean that we are condoning failure to comply with the regulations. Our technicians will try to help the business owners and will ask those who do not have the necessary paperwork to ensure that they obtain it in order to continue trading”.
The councillor declared that the Town Hall is also trying to encourage large franchises to open up in Avenida Ricardo Soriano, the main street in Marbella.