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Growing linen franchise with success

Yorkshire Linen in Fuengirola celebrates its sixth anniversary this week!

 

The store is a franchise of a large UK company that has over 40 shops in the UK as well as additional stores in Spain and Portugal.

Julie Law and Stephanie Smith were part of the original Fuengirola shop that opened in early 2008.

When the original owner closed, these women were left without jobs. Julie had a husband and two teenage children to support.

Meanwhile, Stephanie had just split up with her partner and was left as a single parent of a toddler and a two-month old baby and a mortgage to pay.

Julie and Stephanie managed to get the money together to buy a franchise for themselves, a big gamble as the country was on the cusp of recession.

They laugh about it now, but they spent two months meeting with accounts, lawyers and landlords with a tiny baby in a pram and having to do nappy changes and feeding in the strangest places!

In fact, few took them seriously and many tried to put them off but as Stephanie said, “It just goes to show that you don’t need to be Alan Sugar to make a business work.

By simply following our instincts and keeping to the basic principles of constant reinvestment into better stock, reasonable prices and good old-fashioned service, we have seen our business flourish year on year.”

Yorkshire Linen has wonderful customers, many of whom know Stephanie and Julie’s story and have supported them from the day the doors reopened, and for that they are truly grateful.

The staff are also a tremendous asset to the company.

First there’s Thais (Tigs), one of the fixtures and fittings at Yorkshire Linen who was one of the original ladies whom Julie and Stephanie brought back within a few months of taking over.

If you need help with choosing curtains, Tigs is your girl!

Marie joined the team soon after, having worked together with Steph for many years in a previous job.

Marie originally came in part-time to help with paperwork and accounting but was out on the shop floor within a few months.

She is now another full-time member of staff, speaking fluent Spanish and German.

Next came Jo, who had worked in a senior position at Marks and Spencers and whose customer service is second to none, which makes Jo really popular with the customers. Last but not least there’s Chris, Steph’s brother, who gave up his job in the UK to come and run the website, www.yorkshirelinen.es.

The Yorkshire Linen team spent a long time looking for locations to open a second shop.

But as they couldn’t settle on a good location and didn’t want to split the team, they decided to expand with an online store which is run by Chris.

This has proved a great decision!

They now send off orders all throughout mainland Spain, and they plan to add greetings cards so that friends and family in the UK can order anything from the website and send it here to Spain as a gift, along with a greetings card!

The store itself now sells everything: Ready-made curtains and voiles, cushions , carpets, bedspreads, kitchenware (including Brabantia), decoration, lamps, fantastic beds and mattresses, Dirt-Devil products (vacuum cleaners and steam mops).

You can also find the best selection of bedding and towels, including the highest quality pure Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers from Belledorm, duvets and pillows from the Snuggle down of Norway, and much, much more.

They are happy to offer a range and quality of products that cannot be found anywhere else in the Malaga province.

They are always looking out for new products, however, so if you have any suggestions, simply let them know!

The future is looking bright at Yorkshire Linen.

The green shoots of recovery are popping up everywhere with new businesses springing up left, right and centre.

As Steph said, “A lot of women especially are taking the bull by the horns and opening up for themselves. All we can say is ‘Go for it, ladies!’”

Both Steph and Julie are feeling fully focused; they’re ready for a new chapter to begin in all aspects of their lives, so come out and be part of their experience at Yorkshire Linen!

 

Yorkshire Linen

Av. de Andalucia (Av Carmen Saenz De Tejada), Nave 11

29650 Mijas Costa

952 197 577

www.yorkshirelinen.es

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Fuengirola Bioparc bearcats born

Two binturongs have been born in the Fuengirola Bioparc.

 

The binturong, also known as a bearcat, is a rare species belonging to the genet family although they have little resemblance to any other member of their species; instead they look a bit like a cross between a bear and a cat.

They are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity and, as such, have created much excitement at the Fuengirola Bioparc, which is one of five zoos in Europe to have successfully bred them.

As so little is known about this species the vets at the zoo were a little concerned about the mother, Kimi, when she got pregnant but there were no problems and soon the two cubs arrived.

This Southern Asian species is predominantly vegetarian with fruit and nuts making up 90% of their diet and, although they look like predators, their teeth are suitable for chewing rather than hunting.

They often stand on two legs, like a bear, and have prehensile tails like many South American monkeys.

Bearcats are considered an endangered species and their population is estimated to have shrunk by almost 30% in the last 30 years.

Published in Costa del Sol

More Malaga trains for Easter week

RENFE is providing a night train service in Malaga during Easter week.

 

Renfe has extended its normal train services over the Easter period to cope with the additional demand from passengers.

More tickets are available on the routes linking Andalucia to Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona and the company has also provided 150 special trains for night services between Malaga and Fuengirola.

During the day there will be trains every 20 minutes, as per normal, but the service will continue for longer.

On Wednesday and Thursday the service to Fuengirola will be almost uninterrupted, with trains running for most of the night.

Published in Costa del Sol

Sentence confirmed for Fuengirola killer

The Andalucian High Court of Justice has confirmed a sentence of 13 years in prison for a man who killed a woman in Fuengirola in January 2012.

 

He was sentenced in July last year by Malaga Provincial Court and appealed, but the sentence has now been confirmed.

The two knew each other and the man invited her to his house on New Year’s Eve because she had nowhere to go.

In the early hours of the morning of January 1, 2012, he accused her of stealing money from his wallet and hit her on the head with a glass bottle several times, breaking it with the force of the impact.

She fell to the floor and he strangled her with the scarf she was wearing, suffocating her.

He then made a sort of stretcher with a carpet, on which he carried the body to a location under a bridge where it was found several days later, wrapped in a sheet and plastic and tied up with cable.

He has also been sentenced to pay €100,000 in compensation to each of the victim’s three children. 

Published in Costa del Sol

Fuengirola has a beach for dogs

Fuengirola now has a beach where dog owners can take their pets.

 

The adapted and fenced off 2,000m2 area is near the Sohail Castle and is the second beach in the province to allow dogs.

It will be open all year round from 10am to 11pm in the summer and from 10am to 9pm in the winter.

The Mayor, Esperanza Oña, said that laws have been adapted to allow dogs on the beach and there are now wooden waste bins so that owners can clean up after their dogs.

She explained that the area has been designed for users to enjoy the sand and sea while they have fun with their pets.

Dogs which access the beach must be under control at all times and if they weigh more than 20 kilos they must use a muzzle.

Owners must pick up the dogs’ excrement and carry their own bags, as well as having all pet documents on them at all times. 

Published in Costa del Sol

Sentence confirmed for Fuengirola killer

The Andalucian High Court of Justice has confirmed a sentence of 13 years in prison for a man who killed a woman in Fuengirola in January 2012.

 

He was sentenced in July last year by Malaga Provincial Court and appealed, but the sentence has now been confirmed.

The two knew each other and the man invited her to his house on New Year’s Eve because she had nowhere to go.

In the early hours of the morning of January 1, 2012, he accused her of stealing money from his wallet and hit her on the head with a glass bottle several times, breaking it with the force of the impact.

She fell to the floor and he strangled her with the scarf she was wearing, suffocating her.

He then made a sort of stretcher with a carpet, on which he carried the body to a location under a bridge where it was found several days later, wrapped in a sheet and plastic and tied up with cable.

He has also been sentenced to pay €100,000 in compensation to each of the victim’s three children. 

Published in Costa del Sol

Spanish man helps shark in need

A Spanish man has helped a shark deliver its young in Fuengirola.

 

Antonio Calvillo was driving to work early in the morning when something caught his eye on the beach.

He saw something thrashing around on Fuengirola beach and, at first, he believed that it was a dolphin. But when he pulled in and went over to the animal he realised that it was a blue shark.

Mr Calvillo rang emergency services and then decided to try to drag the animal out to sea by the tail "because it seemed tired, but not injured or hurt".

Calvillo told the newspaper La Opinion de Malaga: "While (the shark) was thrashing about we noticed a little tail coming out of its stomach.”

Realising that the animal was giving birth, Calvillo applied pressure to its stomach. The shark then proceeded to give birth to ten pups.

Calvillo said: "My first thought was that if something happens to the mother at least the babies will live."

Two Guardia Civil officers then arrived and helped to drag the exhausted shark back into the water. Eventually the blue shark recovered enough to be able to swim out to sea unaided.

Blue sharks are seen regularly in Costa del Sol waters. They are considered dangerous as there have been recorded attacks on humans.

Calvillo said: "I'll never forget this amazing experience."

Published in Costa del Sol

A man facing 10 years in prison for allegedly stabbing two men in a fight in Fuengirola in 2004 claims that he is innocent.

 

The day after the fight, the accused gave the name of another man who he claimed committed the crime and even took the police to the knife.

He claims that he only attempted to break up the fight but that the victims have mistaken him for the attacker, who allegedly fled the country.

No-one has questioned this unknown second man, who is believed to have cut himself with the knife, and DNA tests have proved the blood does not belong to the accused. 

Published in Costa del Sol

A body found earlier this month has been identified as that of Sevilla woman Ana Isabel Maqueda, 28, who has been missing since last November.

 

The body was found in a car in an advanced stage of decomposition but has now been identified, National Police claim, although it could be some time before the cause of death is known.

Her vehicle had fallen down an embankment in La Virreina area of Malaga into an area 100 metres below which was difficult to access.

The search for the woman had been extended to Fuengirola, where she worked three years earlier and her ex-boyfriend, who currently lives in the Costa del Sol town, was questioned, as well as her friends and family.

The last person to see Ana Isabel was her grandmother, who she lived with, when she left her a glass of milk before leaving the house. When her grandmother returned, she wasn’t at home and her car had gone, but nothing else.

She didn’t go to work that day which alerted her sister to the fact that something was wrong.

 

Published in Spain

Fuengirola will be saddened by the death of Clarissa Dickson Wright, the TV cook who became famous as one of the Two Fat Ladies.

 

The hugely popular show, which aired on the BBC in 1996, saw the chef and her pal Jennifer Paterson travel the country on a Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle with sidecar.

Clarissa, 66, a frequent visitor to the Costa del Sol’s Fuengirola, passed away at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary on Saturday.

Clarissa’s agents Heather Holden-Brown and Elly James said: “Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost.

“Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us.”

Dickson Wright began cooking after her career as a barrister was brought to an end by her alcoholism. The TV star had been teetotal for almost 27 years before her death.

Up until just last year she was the youngest woman ever to be called to the Bar, after she passed her exams aged 21.

TV producer Patricia Llewellyn discovered Clarissa working in an Edinburgh cookery bookshop and decided to introduce her to quirky Paterson, who said she had never had a cookery lesson in her life.

In the show, the two women travelled the country on a Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle driven by Paterson, with Dickson Wright in the sidecar, and made it their mission to prepare meals from scratch for members of the public.

Spokeswoman Ms James said Dickson Wright “hadn’t been well for a little while” and had been in hospital since the beginning of the year. Co-star Paterson died from cancer in July 1999.

Published in UK
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