Annika Urm's Blog: Business life in Marbella #103-12-2012
Let me introduce myself - my name is Annika Urm. I'm from Estonia and I have a MBA in finance and also some experience in business life. I have built up one big media company in Estonia and have done several other businesses and I also own i-Marbella.com.
The reason I started to write about business life in Marbella is simple. There are so many rumors and issues so nobody wants to talk about this publicly or write and put his/her name on it. In Marbella people are scared to talk about bad things and say them out loud. They have many fears, and people say its bad for Marbella tourism, maybe they won't find a job here later, because its a small place and people worry a lot what other people think of them. But they still talk, but only behind people's back or they just whisper among themselves.
I'm willing to take responsibility and write about some things about the business in Marbella. Just so you know, this is only my personal opinion and my side of the story. Everybody is more than welcome to write comments under this blog or if you wish to express your point of view please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to start with nightlife. After this summer season 2012, there are only a few nightclubs left in Marbella, because most of them are just coming and going. During spring-summer 2012, new nightclubs opened their doors, such as Sleek, Billionire, Crazy Night, Aqwa Mist, Bohemian and some others. And where are they now? Sleek is closed, Bohemian only sometimes open, Billionaire was open only two months, Crazy night is closed and instead they have made a new one - Club District 13. Aqwa Mist has done a great job and they are also still open!
All this has brought drama between businesses and employees, PR-s, security, photographers, alcohol suppliers, property owners aso. Nobody trust nobody, employers promising one job and salary and after a month the employees are disappointed, because the job and paycheck is not what was promised. There are too many one-day-butterflies in Marbella. They come from everywhere, from England, Morocco, Belgium etc. thinking that they how to do business in Marbella and in the end of the day, they are just leaving bankrupt business behind with lot of debts and disappearing.
But I don't say it is only the business people's fault. You can also accuse the lazy people. It is very difficult to find people who are working with motivation and pleasure. Usually they want a big salary and very convenient working hours. And in the end they are actually so lazy and don't work at all. And if they don't like something, they will sue you and they might even win.
When talking about nightclubs that last, Suite is the most reliable one. It is small and classy and full of people during summer and winter. And they have good employees to make this happen. For example Raphael….. he is the soul and heart of this place.
And I must also congratulate Aqwa Mist and Club District 13 and I wish them good luck!
I am sure there are many other examples like this in Marbella, but I can only talk about things I know.
To be continued...
By: Annika Urm
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And btw, Suite is so expensive I've actually seen people showing up in the club with a glass already in their hands!!! Also, there used to be a bouncer to watch for the entrance of that club, well, not anymore...
hello I do not understand why there are some people here who can not accept the opinion of others and have to get to the point of insulting. In my most humble opinion those who write and try to provoke Paul act like spoiled children. This place is losing its roots and is rapidly moving away in what was at first. There are many items with King Africa and wonder who the hell is that person and one thing is sure Annika likes to go out much in the photos especially when going to parties;) Make an effort and make this site a bit more chic; greetings
To every newcomer Annika's info is good to read and know.It looks easy and glamorous, but think and check the market first. I would say even 1,5 -2 years. Without it you will burn your fingers.Every business has its risk, it is normal.Sorry for the people and other companies who's bills are unpaid,there are always warning signs, therefore to everybody : check the background first, learn local life!Only these hard working, long established companies have survived well.You need the passion,funds for bad days etc. There are plenty of examples in area about very great services,people run fast for you and are very helpful.Marbella is beautiful and enjoyable.
Johnny, stop it.It is childish.We others do not want to read. In business happens so many things all the time. My several ideas are run buy other people , because either I did not have cash, time or will.Enough, you have own page.
I know spanish people are in some ways lazy and people from Malaga capital are very egocentric but one more time if you are not happy with Spain then..... Move on!!!!!!!! Noone is asking you to stay there; Spain for sure wont miss ya.
And by the way a happy December from New York city to all those reading this magazin. If God wants I will be in Marbella next January after 45 years visiting that lovely place.
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