Figures just obtained from the Technical Department under councillor José María Álvarez Acosa show that during 2013 almost 230 new businesses opened in the borough. Just 31 closed during the same 12 month period.
The councillor says these figures show “that our borough continues to be a place to do business in, an place for investments and that we have earned the confidence of the businesses community, from large employers to medium and small enterprises. The good economic state of the zone, as we see it, is a reflection of the healthy state of the tourism sector that has responded well to the economic crisis and now is the time for those in enterprise, whether they are service providers or producers, to benefit”.
As well as assisting in the opening of almost 230 new businesses the Council’s Technical office also processed 718 decrees and dealt with over 4,000 petitions most of them dealing with urban and works licences.
José María Álvarez says he is pleased with the end–of-year balance saying the figures reflect the advantages of prompt and efficient dealing with petitions from people and investors. “We have made an effort to reduce the amount of paperwork and bureaucracy needed for certain processes and under new regulations regarding classification of certain activities granting opening licences for businesses is a simpler process as well as seeking licences for the development of leisure activities.