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Press Releases from Purple Cake Factory SL (43 total)

New Online System Speeds Up Yacht Immigration Process in Gibraltar

This week Gibraltar launches ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) which will slash check-in times for yacht captains by half. The web-based procedure replaces outdated paper immigration systems and brings Gibraltar in line with major European ports of entry. Karl Bisset, Harbour Master for Gibraltar’s Ocean Village Marina and Marina Bay, comments, “This project is a great step forward for immigration in Gibraltar as firstly, captains can do much of

Wealthy Cash Buyers Dominate Ibiza Property Market

This month saw the launch of the all-new Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty website and, with 70% of listings priced in excess of 1.5 million euros, it captures perfectly the current trends within the White Isle’s property market. Amanda Martí, Director of the Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty office, comments, “Remarkably, given obvious global economic conditions, this winter was one of our busiest on record with the bulk of buyers looking for a

Anglo Pacific Delivers Liquid Refreshment for London’s “Homelanz” Festival

On Saturday 16 June West London’s Boston Manor Park played host to thousands of expats from the southern hemisphere as they soaked up the music, food and culture of their mother countries at “Homelanz”. International removals company Anglo Pacific was on hand to deliver the liquid refreshments and sponsor the festival for the second year running. Bianca Robinson, Baggage Manager for Anglo Pacific, comments, “Last year Homelanz was held in

Retirement Leads to Change of Trade Shipping Manager for Anglo Pacific

At the age of 68 and after eight years with Anglo Pacific International Plc, Trade Shipping Manager Jack Dorrington has finally succumbed to retirement. A well-known figurehead in the industry, Jack will be sorely missed as he passes the baton onto his successor, Teresa Connolly. Joining the Company in 2003, Jack brought a wealth of removals experience with him from stints with Pickfords and TEAM Relocations

The Panic Room Company Exhibits at World’s Fifth Largest Security Show in Braz …

Having already presented itself to the European and South African markets, the Panic Room Company enjoyed its first foray into Latin America this month at the EXPOSEC International Security Fair in Sao Paolo, Brazil – the world’s fifth largest security show. Teaming up with Sao Paolo-based security solutions experts, Grasp, the Panic Room Company was demonstrated to a wide range of potential customers and distributors throughout the three day

CCD Adds the Human Factor to the Panic Room

After a chance meeting at the annual ADS Security & Policing dinner, the Panic Room Company has secured a working collaboration with CCD, a specialist London-based design consultancy that puts the science of ergonomics and human factors into the heart of complex buildings – the Panic Room being the perfect complex candidate. Steve Brook, Business Development Director for the Panic Room Company, comments, “Whilst the Panic Room is seen as a

More Ryanair Flights for Palma de Mallorca

This month Ryanair commenced six new routes out of Palma de Mallorca Airport. Beginning the first week of May, the airline now flies daily to Cologne, thrice-weekly to Rome Ciampino, Porto in Portugal and Malmo Sweden, twice-weekly to Groningen in the Netherlands and once a week to Smaland in Sweden. Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty believes the new services make perfect sense for the Island. Managing Director of Mallorca Sotheby’s

Canada Wipes Federal Skilled Worker Program Backlog

Around 280,000 applicants to Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program are to have their fees refunded as part of a bid to create a fast and flexible immigration system. The March Budget 2012 set aside 130 million Canadian dollars to cover the cost of refunds and clear the astonishing backlog of unprocessed applications. Jason Diggs, Sales Director for Anglo Pacific, explains, “The applicants affected are those who applied prior to 27

Phoenicia Cruises into Gibraltar’s Ocean Village and Makes a Special Collectio …

Last time 21 metre Phoenicia came to Ocean Village in Gibraltar she was in the final throes of an epic 20,000 mile circumnavigation of Africa. This month, almost two years later, the traditionally built 600BC Phoenician cargo ship replica stopped at the marina for some deserved R&R en-route from Sardinia to London and to collect “stranded” crew member – Len Helfrich. Len, a 73-year-old hailing from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa,

Underpass Opening Set to Boost Costa del Sol Property Market

After almost five years of on-off construction, controversy and congestion, the San Pedro underpass is finally set to open in June this year. Traffic will flow fluidly between Marbella and the western Costa del Sol and breathe new life into this section of the Coast’s property market where many bargains are to be had. Adam Cornwell, Managing Director of Feltrim International selling property on the Costa del Sol comments, “The

Mallorca Property Agent Urges Buyers to Take Advantage of Sterling High Before L …

Mid April saw the pound hit a 19 month high to make it worth 1.217 euros. The last time sterling had such strength against the euro was way back in September 2010. This is good news for would-be overseas property buyers although Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty is urging clients to make the leap without delay as Property Transfer Tax is due an increase from 1 May. Stephen Dight, Managing

Brazil Estate Agent Takes Top Property Award Twice in Three Years

“For a small company, the level of expertise outpaces even the largest players” – this is what the judges had to say when they awarded Brazil specialists “Best Small Agent” in the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) Awards 2012. Victorious twice in three years, has once again proved that customer transparency, due diligence and personal service are a winning formula. Samantha Gore, Sales Manager for, comments,

Panic Room Company Gears up for Shows in Madrid and London

Despite being on the market for less than a year, the Panic Room is becoming a global hit with distributors signed-up in the UK, Spain, South Africa and beyond. This month sees the innovative product on display with Spanish dealer, SIMEC, at SICUR 2012 (Salón Internacional de la Seguridad) in Madrid followed by April’s Counter Terror Expo in London. Steve Brook, Business Development Director for the Panic Room Company, explains,

World Sea Piracy Keeps Panic Room Company Busy

In its global piracy report unveiled in January, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed that whilst the total number of recorded incidents of piracy and armed robbery has dropped from 445 in 2010 to 439 in 2011, attacks against ships in east and West Africa are a rising trend. The Panic Room Company is feeling the effects. Steve Brook, Business Development Director for the Panic Room Company, explains, “When

Mallorca’s Capital Palma Launches Year-Round Tourism Campaign

Provisional data shows air traffic for Palma de Mallorca at 22,726,459 passengers for 2011, that’s a 7.6% increase on 2010 when just over 21 million passengers passed through the Airport. With the Island on a high, Palma this month launched a public-private “Palma 365” campaign to encourage year-round tourism to this exquisite Balearic capital city. Initiated by Palma’s Councillor for Tourism, Francisca Bennassar Tous, Palma 365 aims to develop new

Lonely Planet Reviewers Place Brazil’s Ponta Negra in Number One Spot

Users of independent travel guide website Lonely Planet have voted a visit to Ponta Negra number one out of a huge 654 “things to do in the northeast” of Brazil. Probably the most famous beach in Natal, this 3km stretch of hotels, restaurants, beach bars and surfers has an infectious energy that’s hard to resist and local Brazil agent is able to offer an investment opportunity just ten

Brazil Estate Agent uv10 Ends 2011 on a High

Another year and another set of silverware for uv10. Having taken Silver for Best Estate Agency 2011 in the OPP (Overseas Property Professional) Awards for Excellence in October, this month the Brazil estate agent scooped a top five star award for Best Estate Agency Website in the Americas Property Awards, in association with Bloomberg Television and Google. Samantha Gore, Sales Manager for, comments, “Awards such as these

New Ryanair Base for Palma de Mallorca in 2012

With passenger stats for 2011 (22,063,288) already outstripping those of 2010 (21,117,270), Palma de Mallorca has received more good news courtesy of Ryanair. The no-frills carrier is to set up a new base at the Balearic Airport in March 2012 and will operate a total of 47 routes – 17 of them new. Stephen Dight, Managing Director of high-end real estate agency Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty, is enthusiastic

Royal Gibraltar Police Gives Lowdown on Drink Spiking and Fake ID for Ocean Vill …

PC Anthony Debono of the Royal Gibraltar Police’s (RGP) Crime Prevention & Reduction Unit gathered together Pubwatch members at Ocean Village HQ last week to give them a timely reminder of how to handle drink spiking and fake ID on their licensed premises. As the Christmas spirit levels rise, most revellers will be eating drinking and being merry in a fun, yet responsible manner. However, the RGP wants

Fifth of Spain’s Low-Cost Airline Passengers Fly into Palma

Spain’s Institute of Tourism Studies (IET) has recently revealed that almost one fifth of the 32.2 million passengers who chose to fly to Spain with low-cost airlines between January and October this year landed in Mallorca’s capital - Palma. Across this ten month period, 5.9 million budget flyers passed through Palma Airport which represents a 12% increase on 2010. For the Balearic Islands as a whole, the figure for the

Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty Appoints Heavyweight Sales Director

With new offices in Mallorca’s Port Andratx and Santa Ponsa as well as across the water in Ibiza Town, Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty has installed heavyweight Sales Director Regan Berger to take on a key role in the Company’s rapid expansion. Originally from the Midlands, Regan has clocked up 14 years real estate sales experience working for some of the largest and most successful property companies in southern mainland Spain.

Superyacht Stampede at Gibraltar’s Ocean Village

As proof that Gibraltar’s Ocean Village is a superyacht magnet, this week a sextet of heavyweight vessels cruised in all requiring berths. Thanks to 2010’s Premier Berth expansion programme, there was space for all as well as a fantastic photo opportunity for passersby. Ros Astengo, Business and Development Manager at the Ocean Village Pier Office, comments, “ We had 33 metre Suakin, 43 metre Calliope, 55 metre Turquoise, 56.5 metre

Christmas and Economic Downturn Combine to Increased Risk of Domestic Burglary

Turkey, tree, fairy lights, gifts, security... the last item probably doesn’t feature on your household Christmas checklist but maybe it should. Burglary is always a growth industry during economic downturn. In the recession of the late 80s and early 90s, domestic burglaries rose by around a third and Christmas makes for the richest pickings. With violence a feature of many break-ins, it could be time to invest

World Cup Match Announcement Throws Spotlight on Natal’s Infrastructure

FIFA has this month announced its schedule of dates and venues for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Natal, capital of Rio Grande do Norte, will stage four matches in its new Arena das Dunas stadium including a high-profile ‘Group A’ game, the very Group that host nation Brazil will find itself in. Now all that remains is for key infrastructure to be in place – not least

Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty Market Report

Stephen Dight, Managing Director of Mallorca Sotheby's International Realty, reflects on 2011 and looks forward to 2012: 2011 During 2011 the Mallorca property market has been exceptionally good and has held up surprisingly well. This year has seen a marked improvement over 2010 in terms of sales, a year I would cite as being the absolute bottom, albeit still far off the volumes seen in the peak years of 2007 and

easyJet Ups Flight Frequency to Gibraltar

This week low-cost airline easyJet strengthened its commitment to Gibraltar by adding four extra weekly flights to its London Gatwick service. Scheduled to begin next summer, the airline will now operate 11 flights a week to this London airport. Brian Stevendale, Business and Development Director for Gibraltar’s most prominent mixed-use marina resort, Ocean Village, says, “This move by easyJet makes good sense as Gibraltar rises in stature as a destination

Anglo Pacific Kept Busy at TNT Travel Show in London

This weekend saw the staging of the fourth TNT Sun & Snow Travel Show with well over 4,000 intrepid travellers pouring through the doors of London’s QEII Conference Centre at the heart of Westminster. As is tradition Anglo Pacific International Plc, the UK's largest independent international removals company, took an exhibition stand and found the Show to be both worthwhile and enjoyable. Bianca Robinson, Baggage Manager for Anglo Pacific, comments,

Impromptu Address for Gibraltar at World Trade Center Association General Assemb …

Billed as “the most member-driven General Assembly event” in the Association’s history, Gibraltar delegate, Brian Stevendale, recently joined 260 more representatives from 100 World Trade Centers across the globe at the annual General Assembly held in Sao Paolo, Brazil from 9 to 12 October 2011. Having officially unveiled Gibraltar’s World Trade Center (WTC) proposition in March of this year at “the world's premier real estate event for professionals”, MIPIM

Removal Bookings for Anglo Pacific Boosted by Christchurch Earthquake Rebuild

Anglo Pacific International Plc, the UK's largest independent international removals company, has reported that removal bookings for New Zealand in 2011 are 26% up on 2010. The Company has experienced greater growth this year to New Zealand than any other migration market and believes that the skills shortage caused by widespread earthquake damage could be partly responsible. In February 2011 an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck the Canterbury region of

UK’s Largest Independent Removals Company Adopts MoveTransfer Technology

One of the most technologically focussed international shipping companies, Anglo Pacific International plc, has recently rolled out brand new Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) software “MoveTransfer” across its operation. Retyping, duplication and inevitable errors will now be avoided throughout the end-to-end global business process. Martin Perry, Anglo Pacific’s IT Director, has been championing MoveTransfer’s implementation, “The typical international removals business model involves two operating partners;

Impressive Debut for Panic Room at World’s Largest Security Events

Having only been launched into the marketplace mid-2011, the Panic Room Company’s innovative Panic Room product was a surprisingly big hit at two of the world’s largest security events – IFSEC South Africa held on 6 to 8 September and DSEi in London on 13 to 16 September. Steve Brook, Business Development Director of the Panic Room Company, was at both events, “At the IFSEC Show in Johannesburg we met with

Sailors Complete Circumnavigation Dream

Having set off from Gibraltar’s Ocean Village back on 26 October 2009, nearly two years and 35,000 nautical miles later intrepid duo Pete Callis and John Hazell made a triumphant return to the marina at the end of August on their 43ft Bruce Roberts Norfolk sailing boat. Participants in the 2009 – 2011 Blue Water Rally, Pete and John were rewarded with a full Irish breakfast at O’Reilly’s accompanied

Western Australia’s Bid for British Brains

Standard Life recently put Australia in second place for top retirement hotspots outside the UK. Anglo Pacific International plc, the UK’s largest independent international removals company, places it even higher at number one with 43% of its container shipments of household effects going to Australia in 2010. And, with Western Australia’s current campaign to woo British brains, expect this trend to continue. At a recent Working In Expo held

Kabul Siege Highlights Need for Panic Rooms

Two British women and a South African colleague had their lives saved by being ushered into a panic room during last week’s siege on a charity HQ in Kabul. Up to five Taliban suicide bomb attacks targeted the British Council claiming many lives but the panic room proved to be priceless in saving the traumatised trio. Steve Brook, Business Development Director of British-based the Panic Room Company, comments, “Whilst undoubtedly

Panic Room Becomes Latest Superyacht Accessory

Entry level for inclusion in the world’s largest 100 yachts 2011 is a mighty 72.6 metres with Abramovich’s Eclipse topping the tables at a monstrous 167m with an estimated price tag in excess of half a billion pounds. It follows therefore that security is a major concern for this elite band of boat owners – both on and offshore – and the latest accessory is a personalised Panic Room. Steve

Anglo Pacific Gets the Show on the Road

When the Royal New Zealand Ballet needed to shift its set 20,000km from Wellington to Wales and then transport it safely between a series of venues in England and France, a reliable pair of hands was called upon. With over 30 years in the business, Anglo Pacific was called in to get July’s show on the road. Rob Punnett, Anglo Pacific’s Fine Art Consultant, comments, “When a performing arts company

Anglo Pacific Backs Quartet of Sporting Champions

At the culmination of the Rugby League Football and Australian Rules Football seasons, shipping company Anglo Pacific was in the enviable position of being able to count four of its sponsored sides as League Champions. In Motspur Park on Saturday 6 August the West London Wildcats Premiership Australian Rules Football Team took apart the Wandsworth Demons 13.11 (89) to 8.9 (57) and their Conference Team Shepherds Bush Raiders beat

Brazil Claims World’s Fifth Largest Economy Spot Ahead of Schedule

2016, the year of the Brazil Olympics, has long been cited as the time that Brazil will become the world’s fifth largest economy. However, on release of the 2010 GDP figures showing the highest economic growth in 25 years, some reports suggest that epic milestone may have come five years early. On the back of 7.5% economic growth in 2010, Finance Minister Guido Mantega believes that Brazil is now ranked

42ft Day Boat Added to Nick Whale Marine Charter Fleet

With the 2011 summer season proving to be a strong one for yacht charter bookings, Nick Whale Marine has made the move to purchase an additional boat for its Balearic-based portfolio. The Sessa Oyster 42 will help meet considerable demand for a sporty day cruiser which offers unbeatable value from just 1,050 euros a day for up to eight people – and the champagne’s on Nick Whale Marine. David

Mallorca’s Puerto Portals Enjoys 25th Anniversary Celebrations

July sees the 25th anniversary celebrations of one of Mallorca’s most prestigious and renowned marinas – Puerto Portals. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with its notable Mediterranean counterparts, Puerto Portals has been key to putting the Balearic Island on the yachting circuit and its quarter of a century milestone has been recognized in style. At the heart of Puerto Portals’ celebrations has been the creation of a photographic exhibition containing over a hundred

Ocean Village Hosts Gibraltar Finance Centre Annual Conference

Having flung open its doors for both and the KPMG e-Gaming Summit in March, on Thursday 5 May the fourth floor of Leisure Island Business Centre at Ocean Village was once again hosting high profile guests. This time up to 400 delegates occupied the exhibition hall-style space for the Gibraltar Finance Centre Annual Conference with an impressive roll call of speakers. One of the most rousing speeches came from

Ocean Village Backs Earth Hour 2011

At 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March, Ocean Village will be joining one billion people in 4,600 cities across 130 countries around the globe in the big Earth Hour switch-off. Aside from minimal essential lighting, the Resort will be plunged into darkness as a bold reminder that we can take personal responsibility for the future of the planet we live on. Brian Stevendale, Business and Development Director for Ocean Village, comments,

Gibraltar Makes Mark on World Trade Centers Association Stand at MIPIM 2011

As the curtain comes down on another MIPIM, the world’s premier real estate event, the first public unveiling of World Trade Center Gibraltar was deemed a resounding success. Holding centre stage on the World Trade Centers Association stand, the Gibraltar project attracted considerable interest and set the wheels in motion for several follow-up trade missions across the globe. Occupying a prime position on the main exhibition thoroughfare, the World Trade

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