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Setting up a company in Spain, part1

In the first meeting with the notary we also talked about setting up a new company, from which we want to buy the houses and land. Maria told us what steps we had to take to set up the company (a Sociedad limitada (S.L.) in Spain).

The first step was to go to a gestor with a list of 5 possible names for our company, that had to be checked in the Registro Mercantil Central, if the name already existed or in pronunciation is close to an existing name. They would reserve the first name for us, that was original enough.

Our list was:

    Ardbol Tierr
    Ardbol suelo
    Ardbol Globo
    Ardbol grond
    Ardbol bodem

We expected to get our first name, because we didn’t expect anybody to have ardbol in their company's name. And we already had ardbol.es, so it must be unique.

So we went to a gestor in Burgos, since we were sleeping there. Maaike googled for gestor and found about 20! We had no clue which one to take so we one that looked modern. With our little once we walked to the office. We had to go into a big shared office building and after some time we found the door. But on the door there was a paper which said that an appointment was necessary. So we went to another one in the neighborhood.

This one had an open door with a frontdesk. We came in and said what we wanted to setup a SL. They said we had to talk to Carlos who is in the back of the office.So walked in and asked if there was any one named Carlos. We ended at a desk full with papers. 

 

Carlos started to ask some questions, and reacted all the time with 'genial', especially when we said we had a NIE. (we use 'genial' now all the time too, with his accent as it is just genial). He explained what he was going to do which was reserving the company name. We had to pay him 30 euros in cash to do this, without a receipt or anything the money disappeared in his desk drawer and we hooped for the best.

After about a week we got an email with a ‘certificado negative’ for Ardbol Globo S.L. We did not expect to get the third name option. It was later we discovered that also ‘it should not sound like’ was a condition. But we were happy that another quest was done. The next will be creating a bank account. And as you can see in the certificado we had to finish all in six months.



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