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Rock-solid award
ROYAL HONOUR: Francisco Martinez-Cosentino receives the Reino de España award Photo credit: Cosentino

FRANCISCO MARTINEZ-COSENINTO received the Reino de España (Kingdom of Spain) Careers in Business award from King Felipe last week.

Together with his brothers Jose and Eduardo, Francisco Martinez-Cosentino, who was born in Macael in 1951, inherited their late father’s small marble workshop in 1980.

This grew into a multinational company now present in 116 countries with 5,300 employees worldwide and a turnover last year of €1.078 billion.

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Yolanda Diaz, minister of Labour and Social Economy, Juanma Moreno, president of the Junta de Andalucia, and Almeria City mayor Ramon Fernandez-Pacheco were also present at the ceremony in Almeria’s Maestro Padilla auditorium.

The Reino de España prize is awarded annually by the Circulo de Empresarios, Circulo de Economia and Circulo de Empresarios Vascos business associations, with the endorsement of the Royal Family.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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