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Le Tour de Finance, Denia, Spain

By Spectrum IFA - Topics: Barcelona, Events, Le Tour de Finance, Spain, Spectrum-IFA Group, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 4th May 2015


The Spectrum IFA Group has continued to support Le Tour de Finance 2015 with events in Spain throughout April. The recent events in Spain were held in Barcelona, Sitges and Denia.

These very successful events bring together a number of financial experts dedicated to helping expats understand and manage their finances when living in Spain.

Le Tour de Finance aims to reach expats where they live so that everyone can seek specific advice relevant to their local area. Tax advice, pensions/QROPS, mortgages, healthcare, schools, business advice and making the most of your assets are just some of the subjects that expats need to know more about when living as an expat.

Le Tour de Finance is the ideal opportunity to find answers to the most pressing questions facing British people living in France, Spain or Italy.

If you would like further information or would like to book a place, please contact us

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The Spectrum IFA Group at ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ Olympia, London 8th – 10th May 2015

By Spectrum IFA - Topics: Events, France, Italy, Spectrum-IFA Group, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 30th April 2015


The Spectrum IFA Group have two stands at next weekend’s “A Place in the Sun Live” at the Olympia, London. This event is the UK’s largest and best attended overseas property exhibition, attracting thousands of serious overseas property hunters who are there to avail of the perfect opportunity to meet the experts face-to-face.

The Spectrum IFA Group stands are located in two of the most popular dedicated feature areas – The French Property Village and the Italian Property Pavilion. Together with the teams from Spain and the Spectrum specialist International Mortgage Division.

Each show welcomes over 6,000 visitors and 120 exhibitors showcasing worldwide properties to suit any budget.

Visitors will receive a free copy of the A Place in the Sun magazine and Show Guide and also have the opportunity to hear from and meet the stars, Amanda, Jasmine, Jonnie and Laura, and even choose to take part in a screen test for the chance to appear on the next series of A Place in the Sun.

The aim to provide you with everything you need under one roof and hope that by the time you leave the show you feel more equipped for your search and may have even found your perfect property abroad.

To book FREE tickets to the 2015 Olympia, London event on the 8th – 10th May 2015, please click here.


Le Tour de Finance Paris 15th April 2015

By Spectrum IFA - Topics: Events, France, Le Tour de Finance, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 20th April 2015


The Spectrum IFA group was delighted to host the Paris stage of Le Tour de Finance at the British Embassy in Paris on Wednesday 15th April 2015.

A wonderful venue with equally wonderful staff. The Paris event was one of the highlights of the 2015 tour and the first time that it has been held at this very prestigious venue.

Many thanks to the Franco British Chamber of Commerce (FBCCI) and the Institute of Directors for their support of Le Tour. The event was attended by 80 people and finished with a networking buffet, allowing everyone the opportunity to both meet the speakers and also to meet other Paris-based expatriates.

The event was opened by Mr Robert (Bob) Lewis, Chairman of the FBCCI and was followed by presentations from Spectrum, Peterson Sims (UK & French Accountants), Prudential International (Assurance Vie), Currencies Direct (FX Specialists), Tilney Bestinvest (Discretionary Fund Managers), Heslop & Platt Solicitors (Specialist Estate Planners) and Aberdeen Asset Management (Fund Managers). Feedback was extremely positive and given the number of questions raised during the networking cocktail, it was clear that the attendees truly did appreciate the opportunity to avail themselves of the information on offer.

Le Tour de Finance now moves to the South of France for 3 events in May.
Go to Seminars to find out more.

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The Spectrum IFA Group sponsors the Mimosa Matters Ball

By Peter Brooke - Topics: Events, France, Uncategorised, Uncategorized
This article is published on: 10th April 2015


Layout 1Mimosa Matters was established by a group of women touched by cancer in some way and who have decided to help and support La Ligue contre le Cancer in the Alpes Maritimes.

On April 17th at The Royal Mougins Golf Club, the charity is hosting their second Mimosa Charity Ball.

Peter Brooke of The Spectrum IFA Group is kindly sponsoring the Illusionist, to entertain the guests and give the whole event that magical touch.

Funds from the charity ball will go directly towards the opening of a new Espace Ligue centre in Antibes – where cancer sufferers and their families can receive free counselling, support and alternative therapies – as part of La Ligue Contre le Cancer (a French Cancer Research Association)

For more information on the event please email Mimosaball@gmail.com


The Spectrum IFA Group & the Decorative & Fine Arts Society

By Charles Hutchinson - Topics: Costa del Sol, Events, Spain, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 2nd April 2015


The Spectrum IFA Group and Charles Hutchinson in the Costa del Sol were proud to sponsor a recent event for the DFAS (Decorative & Fine Arts Society), which is the local branch of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Society).

The lecture in March was held at the legendary San Roque Golf & Country Club where the centre piece is the magnificent Domecq mansion. Attended by over 100 people on the 18th March the informative lecture was entitled “Romancing the Stone” and was given by Joanna Hardy on the subject of Jewellery and Gem Stones. She is a world famous authority on the subject, having been with De Beers, Sotheby’s, Phillips, regularly writes for the Daily Telegraph and features regularly on the Antiques Roadshow.

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The France Show, 23-25 January 2015

By Lorraine Chekir - Topics: Events, France, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 21st January 2015


Visit the Riviera Alliance stand (P268) at The France Show, The Olympia Exhibition Centre, 23-25 January 2015 10am-5pm

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The Spectrum IFA Group is one of the founding members of the Riviera Alliance, an established network of professionals based in the south of France. Spectrum will be represented by Lorraine Chekir, one of the advisers in the Cote d’Azur region. The Riviera Alliance covers every step in the process of buying, owning, renovating, or selling real estate. Each member is a specialist in their field and will make your life in the Riviera easier.

“We are here to help you”


GIVEWATTS and The Spectrum IFA Group

By Spectrum IFA - Topics: Events, GIVEWATTS, Spectrum-IFA Group, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 17th December 2014


Kisumu Cluster - Spectrum 6months report-1Please see below an open letter sent to The Spectrum IFA Group


Dearest Christine and Chris,
I hope you are well indeed! You have a big place in my heart, part of my secure base. Thank you for everything you have done and for always being there!
I can’t thank you and Spectrum enough for the support to GIVEWATTS over the years! It has meant a great deal, both in terms of funding (see attached project update), but also morally. You joined us at an early stage, taking a chance on something you believed in. I am happy to say that it is really working now, and it also has a great deal of impact.
It has been a very good year for GIVEWATTS. Our partnership with Spectrum has been a key component in our being able to scale up during the year. We have grown into 649 schools across Kenya, and we are starting in Tanzania early next year, and DRC a month after that. More reasons for you to come and visit again!
The school calendar has all the kids in Christmas recess now, and we are waiting for the final grades for the last term in January 2015.  In the current report the improvement is at 7%, and this reflects the changes between a county wide diagnostics test and the national exam. After that we will update those numbers, as well as the changes in school ranking. You should expect a change of around 20%, which is the average change across our Kenyan schools between two national exams.
You will be pleased to see that 107 lamps have been paid off. The balance of lamps have been signed up for and are being paid for now. The total savings for the households is almost CHF 40K, and using the most conservative measures available (100 kg of Co2 per replaced kerosene lamp) so far the project has offset a total of about 17 tonnes of Co2. This calculation is based on number of total days lamps have been replaced. For comparison, for the total 265 lamps in the project, the saved emissions will be 26,5 tonnes per year. As the number of lamps increase, this number will go up.

I also include two impact videos. Short and concise for busy Spectrumers. We are also changing our project page on the website again, to make it more interactive. The local web developer we are using says that this will be done early next week. As soon as we have it, I will send you a note.
I hope to make it to Lausanne in the first quarter of 2015, and I will so very much take you out for a meal to celebrate our joint success! And just to have a curry with some great people!
A very Happy New Year!!

Jesper Hörnberg

To download the full report please click here


Spectrum sponsor the Barcelona English Radio Party – 20th November

By Spectrum IFA - Topics: Barcelona, Business Lunch, Events, Spain, Spectrum-IFA Group, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 14th November 2014


Barca Radio sponsor64The Spectrum IFA Group are delighted to be sponsoring the English Radio Party on 20th November, 2014.

Baribau CARRER D’ ARIBAU 131, 08036 Barcelona View Map

Date & Time:Nov 20, 2014 20:00 – 03:00

€7 advanced booking
€10 on the door

DJ Simon Jordan

The Spectrum IFA Group sponsors What Larks English Theatre Group

By Victoria Lewis - Topics: Events, France, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 3rd November 2014


barrie_mainVictoria Lewis and The Spectrum IFA Group are proud to be sponsoring the local English theatre group What Larks for their upcoming productions of ‘Barbara’s Wedding’ and ‘A Well Remembered Voice’.

The double bill of two beautiful J M Barrie short plays has been chosen to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the 1st World War.

The events are taking place on:

  • Sunday 30th November –BEDOIN, 84410
  • Tuesday 2nd December – BONNIEUX, 84480
  • Sunday 7th December – AIX-EN-PROVENCE, 13100



Barbara’s Wedding:

The Colonel is in his dotage, and as his memory fades, past and present become intertwined.
He is visited by his beloved grandson and the young man’s fiancée, Barbara.
But are they really there? And who is it exactly that Barbara is marrying?

A Well-Remembered Voice:                                                                        

A couple have lost their son in the trenches. The young man’s mother tries to speak to him through a séance, while his father simply reminisces, by himself. And yet in the process it is Mr Don, and not his wife, who is finally able to talk to their son, in a way he never could when the boy was alive.

Tickets are available from www.whatlarks.org     

Le Tour de Finance ‘FORUM’ 2014 – Italy

By Gareth Horsfall - Topics: Events, Italy, Le Tour de Finance, Spectrum-IFA Group, Uncategorised
This article is published on: 14th October 2014


Join us in San Ginesio (Le Marche)
and Barga (Tuscany)

The Tour de Finance 2014 is back for its autumn tour and this time we are visiting the East coast of Italy and returning to Tuscany.

Every year we bring a group of financial experts on the road in Italy to talk directly to expats about the financial considerations and concerns that they are facing.

We will be returning on:

23rd October – Palazzo Morichelli D’Altemps San Ginesio, Le Marche

24th October – Nr Bagni di Lucca at La Cantina delle Pianacce (Ghivizzano)


Arrival time: 10.30am for coffee, with start time at 11am. The Forum questions and answers is followed by a FREE buffet lunch, wine and an opportunity to meet your fellow expats.

What is the Forum?

No more powerpoint presentations and structured presentations!

The Forum events are designed to put the speakers on the spot and deliver the answers to the financial questions you need to know, rather than the information we think you should know.

You may be interested in knowing the answers to some of the following questions:

  • What are the likely implications of being a resident or non resident and living in Italy?
  • What are the benefits of being subject to Inheritance tax in Italy?
  • What are the Italian tax rates that my income is subject to?
  • With world financial markets rising and falling almost daily, how can I find a way to benefit from these movements without taking too much risk?
  • How can I gain more interest on my savings when bank rates are so low?
  • As the world economy limps on what can be done to make my money work better for me?

Questions will be asked for one hour before lunch so it is an opportunity to put the experts ‘on the spot’

The Panel of experts will include:

Richard Brown and Julian Hall:
BEST INVEST Leading UK Investment and financial planning firm with over £9 billion of assets under management.

Judith Ruddock:
STUDIO DEL GAIZO PICCHIONI Cross border tax specialists and commercialisti.

Andrew Lawford:
SEB LIFE INTERNATIONAL He will be facing questions about tax efficient savings vehicles for Italy and ways to potentially. reduce your Inheritance tax liabilties.

I hope you will register your attendance. And I hope that the FORUM event will avoid all the boredom of powerpoint presentations and make the morning much more interactive for you.

If you would like to register for this event then you can do so by sending your full contact details to info@spectrum-ifa.com or call Gareth Horsfall on 0039 333 6492356.