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Women in Business


Our Mumpreneurs in Andalucia offer a range of skills from pilates and spinning instructors to estate agents and language teaching. Several of our mums own and run hotels, a yurt hostel and a boutique guesthouse in the south of Spain.

  • Louise Cooke Edwards - Marbellas self-styled media "guru"

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    Publisher of and director of media machine international PR agency, Louise Cook Edwards has been at the hub of the media in Marbella for 16 years. Editor of the iconic and much copied glossy magazine, Absolute Marbella, for 5 years, her PR company media machine international,  operative since 2000, has worked with leading brands such as Loewe, Bulgari,  Van Cleef & Arpels and Nikki Beach. Focused on local, national and UK PR campaigns,  Louise and her team can raise the press profile of your business, while the companys online magazine, - currently ranking number 4 for searches on "marbella" in Google is "1st for quality lifestyle news". Louise is married to the super talented photographer Gary Edwards and the couple have an 8 year old son, Lloyd. Louise is part of the Town
    Halls recently formed Think Tank, a consultancy group of integrated foreign entrepreneurs. and 952882988
    "I feel that the Costa del Sol is brimming with opportunities, but there are frustrations such as finding reliable suppliers." (LCE, July 2010)

    Click here to read the full interview with Louise

  • Emma Tremlett - Hotelier

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    Emma lives in Marbella where she runs a small family hotel, Hotel Finlandia, with her partner Jose. She is also a freelance photographer.

  • Vanessa Brooks - Holistic Birthing

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    Vanessa has lived in the Alpujarras for 8 years. She has birthed her three sons here and has helped numerous women in their birthing journey, delivering many babies. She has been the inspiration and central pillar of Da-a-Luz. Vanessa is also a maternity and birth photographer.

    Click here to read an interview with Vanessa

  • Tenette Ludlow - Escondrijo

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    Netty runs an intimate boutique guesthouse in the heart of the beautiful historic centre of Vejer de la Frontera, in Cadiz province, which is a wonderful base to explore this unspoilt part of Spain. Stylish accommodation but very relaxed and informal.
    Callejón Oscuro, 3 Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz - 11150
    +34 956447438 and +34 66995030

  • Claudia Kaiser - Midwife

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    Based in Caduz, Claudia trained as a midwife in Germany and offers birth preparation classes for both mother and father. Also offers pregnancy yoga classes, pregnancy massage and post-natal classes. She can also visit new mums at home.

  • Sophie Hoffmann - Pilates Para Ti!

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    Sophie lives in Jimena de la Frontera, near Sotogrande, Cádiz and is a Pilates instructor. She works all over, from Estepona to Gibraltar giving all sorts of Pilates classes but since having her son, specialises in Prenatal and Mother & Baby Postnatal Pilates.
    +34 600214977

  • Jill Burgess - Forever Living

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    Based in Malaga, Jill runs a succesful Network Marketing Business from home. Forever Living has been established for over 30 years and is  the largest growers of Aloe Vera worldwide. Jill became involved in the business after using the products herself because of ill health and had remarkable results.
    951047288 or 690123556

    Click here to read an interview with Jill

  • Sandra Europe - Spinning instructor & Professional Networker

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    After an horrific accident in 2005, Sandra moved to Spain to recuperate. Incredibly after just 18 months she qualified as a spinning instructor.

    She also runs The Costa Business Club on the Costa del Sol.

    Click here to read Sandras incredible story.

  • Beatriz Crawford-Carse - Estate Agent

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    Originally from South America, Beatriz now lives in Marbella helping foreign buyers to buy property in Spain. As she’s a native Spanish speaker and is able to guide people through the process with the minimum of stress. She has loads of really useful advice and specialises in helping female clients buy property. She is also a keen golfer and the president of the Marbella Ladies Golfing Association.
    UK contact: +44 7951 430 978
    Spanish contact: +34 952778331 and +34 610832432

    "Marbella also has vast contrasts; one can be in the centre and buzzing with activity and noise; or retreat to one of its suburbs with its tranquil pace of life and beautiful scenery. The municipality of Marbella extends from Guadalmina to Cabopino and within this region the contrasts are exceptional, in terms of the location, ambience and the prices of the properties" (BCC, Jan 2011)

    Click here to read an interview with Beatriz

  • Fiona Flores Watson - Freelance journalist

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    Fiona is a journalist with 20 years experience. She writes travel articles about Seville and Andalucia for UK magazines and newspapers, and about living in Spain as an expat working mum, Spanish society and culture for She also does editorial consulting (she worked as a magazine editor in London for 10 years) as well as proof-reading and translations.
    0034 665071327 or 0034 954162831

    "Many Sevillanos are closed to the outside world, and are very insular. But there are also those who love to meet foreigners. Its a city of huge contrasts" (FFW, Jan 2011)

    Click her to read the full interview with Fiona

  • Vicky Michaels - Interior Designer

    Vicky is a qualified and experienced Interior Designer with her own design practice based in Marbella. Pulse Interior Design is a young, enthusiastic and passionate interior design company, newly established on the Coast which strives to create beautiful spaces for living in, working in and playing in.
    +34 952834831 and +34 679208117

    “Our primary goal is to give clients what they want at the highest quality and excellence, resulting in spaces they are proud of. In my experience the most triumphant projects are ones where the client has been successfully listened to.”
    (VM. Jan 2012)

  • Patricia Galasso - Lets Chat!

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    Patricia owns and runs Lets Chat! A Multimedia English Academy in Cadiz. Classes available for adults, children and business professionals. Other languages taught include Spanish, French and German.
    Calle Ancha, 11A, 11160 Barbate, Cadiz

  • Karen Southall and Suzanne Nixey - Roundabout Spain

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    Karen and Suzanne met when their children were babies and became firm friends. Suzanne is a former airline stewardess who moved to Spain eight years ago and has a son called Rocco. Karen is a full time journalist who has lived in Spain for 15 years and has two children Luna and Sol. They formed in the summer of 2011 to provide a complete and unique directory of activities and services on the Costa del Sol focusing entirely on children and families.

  • Saira Delfield - Yurts Tarifa & Chilimosa

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    Saira runs two businesses: Yurts Tarifa, a family run Yurt Hostel in natural park only 3km from the town of Tarifa and a Vegetarian restaurant located in Tarifa called Chilimosa. It offers home-made tapas using only organic ingredients.  Tel: 956685092  Tel: 626538423

  • Lindsay Gregory - Tots to Travel

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    Lindsay is a Holiday Property Marketing Expert for the multi-award winning Tots to Travel company, which gives parents with young children and babies peace of mind and a stress free family holiday experience – from start to finish.

  • Lisa Sadlier - Costa Consulting Bureau

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    Having lived, worked and set up companies in many different areas of Spain over the past 20 years, Lisa has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Qualified in European Business Administration, multilingual and experienced in tourism and new business creation she is always keen to assist others with new and existing ventures. Costa Consulting Bureau offers advice and assistance for all expatriates who: live in Spain; work in Spain; own a holiday home in Spain; or are thinking of moving to Spain. 
    +34 952486806

  • Melissa Chapman - Fifi Flores

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    Melissa runs Fifi Flores which offers unique baby gifts in the form of beautiful baby bouquets. The bouquets are made up of soft, cotton babywear items which have been designed by Melissa and include, hats, bibs, bodies, t-shirts, socks and rompers. They make fantastic gifts to celebrate any new arrival and make a refreshing aalternative to fresh flowers.
    Aptd. No 53, Palomares, 04618 Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería
    +34 677146592

  • Tag Montagu - The Marbles Experience

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    Tag is Managing Director of The Marbles Experience, a 7 day weight loss and fitness programme  aimed at helping people of all ages, shapes and abilities to evaluate their relationships and underlying experiences with food, self-perception, fitness and lifestyle. They run extensive classes which include areas of exercise, lifestyle coaching, counselling, EFT and NLP techniques and nutrition expertise.

  • Julie Salmon - Toy Box

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    Julie runs and owns Toy Box, an English nursery for babies from 12 months of age. Toy Box began in 1994 when an English mother, inspired by the need to provide her own children with an English-speaking environment, pioneered Granadas first English nursery. The building is set in 800 square metres of private grounds. Half of this space is devoted to lawn and adventure playground, as well as a plot for the childrens vegetable and flower garden. There is a hard surface area for bikes and trikes and fantasy areas beneath the low- hanging branches of the trees. Toy Box nursery school is the only true all English establishment in the province aside from the Almuñecar International School, which is some 60km away.
    Luna 1 (next to restaurant Cateto), 18198 Monachil
    +34 958 300 866

  • Leticia Ortiz - Multicultural CAMP

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    Leticia Ortiz founded SherrydayCAMP in the summer of 2011, driven by a personal need for her own children. She has been living in three different countries, and she raises her kids in a multicultural environment. While spending the summers in her home town, El Puerto de Santa Maria in the south of Spain, Leticia realized that there are no good options for multicultural education that will involve both language skills with a fun and sportive atmosphere. As a result, she initiated SherrydayCAMP, which turned out to be an enormous success, despite the harsh economic landscape of Spain these days.

  • Cecilia Tacchi - Patient Advocate

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    Cecilia is the Costa del Sols first Patient Advocate. A patient advocate is there for you to help fight any battles on your behalf, cut through red tape, explain diagnoses and options, seek second opinions and generally have the your best interest at heart and be the strong yet calm voice during difficult situations. Personal experience and professional medical expertise led Cecilia to decide to set up the first patient advocacy firm in the Costa del Sol.
    Compass HealthCare Guidance
    Tel: 674945204

  • Sarah Hawksworth - Spotless Cleaning

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    Sarah lives with her partner and three children in Torremuelle. She established a cleaning service aimed at providing a reliable and dedicate team, with an attention to detail.  Along with her partner, Tim Roberts, they have developed a software application for booking and managing cleans.  They cover the Costa del Sol area from Estepona (west) to Torremolinos (east).
    UK number: 0044 1274 792630
    Spanish number: 0034 610532794

  • Sophie Russell-Ross

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    Sophie is an ex-rat race expat living the Life of Smiley up a mountain in Spain since 2009. Based in La Alpujarra, the Southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada, she is Co-Creator of the GranadaSpain site.  She also blogs at about motherhood and expat life in Granada. You will also find her on Twitter @GoGranadaSpain and Facebook