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Ministers agree small businesses to be exempt from operating licences

Sat 2th Jun 2012
Ministers agree small businesses to be exempt from operating licences

Commercial and retain premesis of 300 square meters and less will now be able to open for business without being obliged to apply for an opening licence.

The measure was approved by a draft bill in parliament last week, which will result in less red tape and allow small businesses to become operational with fewer delays.

It has previously taken anywhere between 6 to 18 months for permissions to be granted, during which time they still had to pay rent and other bills on the premises.

Obviously, this financial burded often meant that such businesses failed before they even officially began trading.

This new law currently relates to all premesis which are classed as small retailers which offer clothes, food and furniture, in addition to providing personal services such as hairdressers' salons.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, also confirmed that these measures will eventually be extended to other types of business.

Comment on this Story

Heaven forbid you should want to do something as extreme as contribute to the economy of the country !
Mr Grumpy - Mon, 4th Jun 2012
Nice. I'm still waiting for my licencia de apertura two years on and have had to pay through the nose for this test, that contract, the other professional proyecto ... to open 100m2 boarding kennels. Guess I won't be exempt, even now. Don't even ask me how much I've had to pay over so far in SS without earning a céntimo!
Deborah Fletcher - Esperro Residencia Canina De Lujo - Mon, 4th Jun 2012

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