Expat entrepreneur offers one stop shop for expat moves to Spain

Published:  31 May at 6 PM
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A formerly successful businessman who’s been there and done it all is now the proud owner of a one-stop-shop advice and help centre for Brits moving to Spain.

Moving overseas can be the most stressful experience ever, with local bureaucracy causing mini-nervous breakdowns in even the calmest new arrivals in a foreign land. Many Brits heading for Spain to retire have visited the country on annual holidays, but living there is a whole new ball game with rules based on a foreign culture and language.

Leon Cohen’s background in fashion design and his central London boutique outlets hadn’t prepared him for his new life in Spain. Arriving in the ‘90s, he discovered Spanish bureaucracy whilst opening a B&B in Granada. His next project was an agro-tourism business, again an opportunity to get to grips with Spain’s bureaucratic minions. Finally, in 2013, he moved to coastal Mijas Costa and decided it was time he shared his experiences with newcomers confused by the challenges of settling down.

His new one-stop-shop for expats new to the country and its vagaries aims to remove the acute stress of unfamiliar surroundings, language and local laws and customs, easing his clients into their new lives in as stress-free a way as possible. Facilitator Spain’s website should be online very soon, and will give a full description of the services offered.

Leon states his experiences whilst running his Spanish businesses as well as his time in Granada have given him a broad knowledge base in how to survive in Spain – a country, he says unlike any other in the world. He’s fluent in Spanish, has a Spanish wife and is fully up to speed on Spain’s traditions and culture. Having learnt the hard way, he’s confident in his offerings of every service from residency paperwork, building laws and driving licenses to how to get on with the neighbours!

He wishes he’d had a similar service to turn to when he first arrived in Spain, saying that he loves the country but found it tricky to get to grips with at first. He’ll also be offering valuable advice on expat-related problems as a new columnist at the Olive Press English language newspaper.
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