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  1. HI Jon If you need a supplier of fresh meats , frozen items and sweets/desserts try Achille Bertrand from Brossac their meat is great a one quality cheers Barry
  2. Hi Julie There are so many different aspects to your question as it depends on the size of the establishment e.g if you have more than 48 covers including the staff then fire regulations change and hygiene requirements for staff are slightly different if you have less than 4 staff... Taxes etc are best answered by an accountant as again there are certain things you could get exemptions for ... e.g if you take on staff who are unemployed you could get an exemption on your social charges for them and if you are in an area of development like I am in the Charente Horte et Tardoire there are grants and exemptions for starting businesses in a regeneration zone drop me an e mail with more details and I will try to answer the best I can for you with the experiences i have had here some not so good but lots have been a pleasure. cheers Barry  
  3. Hi Guys  yet again I am after something, I am looking for someone to give me a quote for kitchen extraction... I can buy the items but need someone to fit it and they have to be registered as they have to give a guarantee to the equipe de securite..to say all is well.( mine has let me down Hopefully some one will know someone who can whether it be a man who can or a woman who can Cheers Barry  
  4. Hi Guys I am looking for a professional rotary iron --- yes all you ladies out there this guy does his own ironing.. seriously it is for my linen I just missed out on one on e bay so if any one has one they don't use and it is within collection distance of the Charente drop me a line --- or if they can deliver or post.. Cheers Almost there now!!!! Barry  
  5. Hi Tresco I am intrigued now !!! I feel an e mail coming on to find out.... Now I know why my ears were hot on Friday night --- both of them!!! Thanks for the kind wishes and I look forward to meeting you in the flesh one day --- money and mouth cheers Bizzer
  6. Well the months have passed.. some not as quickly as others but we are now on schedule to open the  first week in February ............. What a chore it has been, maybe i will spend the next hour typing it all up.. me thinks not... The only things left to do are get a concrete floor down in the kitchen (then tile and all the rest, agree a convention for the licence iv with the Mairie... register as fit to trade... stock up.. employ staff ... plan menus... get marketing underway then have a cup of tea and a lie down.... and that is just the half of it. I have certainly learned a lot over the past 7 months  about the French system and how to court it... If anyone wants a few tips let me know [email protected] cheers guys  
  7. Hi guys I have not been on line for a while as I have made the big move now and everything is going to plan but very very slowly... we have had to wait four months for our permis from the DDE and other departments and now we have an issue with keeping the beams as our architect says no and I say yes>>>> So we have a meeting with the fire security team tomorrow to iron a few things out (anyone know of an antifire treatment for beams as there is one in England??)ening date is set for January/February.... missed Christmas by at least a month...so much to do and such a little time but hey it will be woth it.. Everyone in the village has been wonderful and the local authorities have been extremely helpful especially the young lady at the Mairie a real treasure.. I do feel lost with out a computer at the mo so have to rely on friends for computer access --- maybe soon all will be running smoothly... Cheers Barry
  8. Hi Guys I am looking for accommodation on the 15th Sept for one night within two hours of calais,as I want to break my journey from Angouleme to Stoke on Trent Cheers Barry
  9. Hi guys I am looking for one/two nights accommodation with 1 1/2 to 2 hours of Calais on the 14/15th Sept as my partner is going to break his journey from Angouleme to Stoke on Trent... This will probably be a regular thing of about once a month... Any one got anything available?? Look forward to hearing from you chers Barry
  10. Hi Guys here is the experince of a French friend. "bonjour Barry je connais que bien la sacem (C'EST UN VOLEUR DE PLUS ) soyons serieux ,c'est un organisme qui te prend de l'argent si tu diffuse de la musique dans ton restaurant.Mais je te conseille de negocier les tarifs surtout la 1er année d'ouverture et surtout ne signe pas de contrat avec eux si tu toruve les tarifs exagerés. Ou sinon tu peu attendre que ce soit eux qui te contacte directement . Les tarifs varies en fonction de l'instalation musicale dans ton restaurant mais si ton restaurant n'est pas trop grand le moins cher c'est la chaine stereo .Mais si tu met des bafles un peu de partout dans le resto. ce sera plus cher. en 1990 a DAX je payais environ 180€ pour l'année. mais tu peu negocier avec eux au tarif le plus bas surtout la 1er année. tu peu aussi voir les conditions sur le site de la sacem directement tu aura ainsi un appercu ." The crux is that you can negogiate the tarif for the first year and it is more expensive if you have speakers etc in your cafe/restaurant ... cheaper if it is just a stereo or radio in the orner etc. Cost for the year was 180€ so similar to missyesbut. If in doubt check the website http://www.sacem.fr/portailSacem/jsp/ep/home.do Hope this helps Cheers Barry
  11. Hi Guys I have used authentik and the lower level of etincelle they are both very good language tools all the text is recorded onto cds or tapes I used to play them constantly in the car on the way to work --usually a 40 minute trip there and 40 mins back, then for 20 mins every evening I used to replay them and read the text at the same time.. They are usually full of current affairs and they do have some exercises in too... Thanks for posting so many websites I am now going to send the forum details to a few friends Cheers Barry
  12. Hi Again guys I have asked a few friends and here is a summary of their experiences,,, Dinner dances/ live music events a chap from SACEM or equivalent turns up on the door and takes 2.5% of the takings. 70€ is the price a friend has paid to SACEM for the privelege of playing music --- CDs... Do the answer to the question is yep you have to declare you are playing music ---- praps soon there will be a tax on tax... c'est la vie. Cheers Barry
  13. Yep I too think it will be similar to PRS in England I had to pay by the amount of seats I had in the restaurant quite Bizarre really as I can't see what difference that made.... I have asked a few friends with businesses to help me out on this one as I have heard they can take quite a hefty chunk off you, if it is live music a percentage of your takings for the evening but, this is only what I have been told by a hotel friend.. As with PRS if you play music written by anyone else then you are liable for royalty fees and therefore they charge you whether it is radio or cds -- it can't really see this being any different in France.. and a word of caution if it is like England they can back date charges from when you opened... I will get back to everyone when I find out more cheers Barry
  14. Yes Arnold I agree entirely with your advice... Don't buy it and then close it as the goodwill will evaporate very quickly and take an absolute age to get back it sometimes never comes back. Wait until you are ready to buy and move. We were tempted many times during our many searches.. in fact I was devastated when one property sold just as we arrived at the agency....everything we had seen on the web had gone months previously. We eventually went to a village (we were going to cancel the appointment) where we met a great guy and he showed us lots of potential places all of them matched our wish list... We did not buy any of them and left to look another day. One month later an e mail arrived with a pic (the only agent out of 9 to keep in touch)--- hated it, went over to look at some more properties and the pic we hated was the place we bought( pic was taken of the rear of the property) it had absolutely nothing on our wish list... no garden no well, few neighbours but we loved the building ... it was as if it chose us (strange I know) we love it... Please wait until you are sure... is it a line of work you want to follow (working for yourself)or do you just want to invest in a restaurant and run it from a distance even when living in France? Just food for thought Cheers Barry
  15. Hi Arnold Hmmm wally on TV me thinks not!!!! I hope my straw is a long one and with a cool drink passing through it... Who does have the short straw ?? Cheers Barry
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