TITLE:  Riviera Firefly talks with Tina Silver – serial mumpreneur with businesses in the UK and in France . We talk to her about how she started and of course about the stunning “Le  Mas Candille”  5* hotel with its Candille Spa and Michelin starred gastronomic restaurant.

SERIES: Lifestyle and Health
Riviera Firefly podcast is your online show where we chat about  living on and visiting the French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur.
We cover topics such as Education for children and adults, Places to visit, Health and lifestyle, hobbies and leisure and have lots of fun here in the Alpes Maritimes. We also talk to inspiring local entrepreneurs and small businesses about how they started their careers in France, dealing with administration and what brought them here in the first place. Topical issues such as Brexit and what this means to expats will also be covered in 2017. Our online directory and magazine can be found on www.rivierafirefly.com


In Riviera Firefly Episode 10 Antonia talks with mumpreneur Tina Silver . Tina is originally from the UK . After school she worked in Childcare . She had a passion for tennis and these led to her setting up the Academy Health Club and Spa in Harrogate. An opportunity led to them buying a hotel “Le Mas Candille and Candille Spa” which they have transformed into  a luxury 46-bedroom hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, in Mougins, south of France


What to expect from the programme Tina shares so much with us …

  • Childhood memory ..back at school in Tiptree in Essex .. fruit picking !
  • working in childcare and special needs
  • How Tina moved into the Academy Health Club and Spa industry .. Tennis
  • Moving from a barn to an academy spa pool creche ..still going strong 22 years later!
  • If you are looking for something probably others are too .. do your research, tweak, be flexible but go for it!
  • Installing small spas and gyms into hotel chains..
  • Wow and How!
  • Responsibility as a business owner to employees.
  • Le Mas Candille .. what did you buy originally?
  • Any renovating challenges .. have a good team but business can be challenging’ the swimming pool planning problem’
  • Michelin Stars!! They change the menus but you can still order your favourites they are there to serve!
  • After work Fridays .. go and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. February – April wine platters of food, Free trial of some of the treatments and well being e.g. shiatsu, threading or there may be theatre. See http://www.lemascandille.com/en/hotel/le-mas-candille-events/
  • Don’t be scared by the 5* hotel tag come and try out the  Afternoon Teas
  • Relaunching the Spa ?ESPA Sue Harmsworth is the founder.http://www.espaskincare.com/
  • Family business will they be taking on the Silver Empire..
  • Tips: Limone skiing ..Walk around the stunning Cap d’Antibes .. Sports Plage Plage de Midi Cannes .. St Honorat
  • Beautiful region lets promote it!
  • Funny customs – the end of year party
  • How to meet people .. just go for it .. keep at it – it takes time..get into the community and don’t stay in the expat bubble!
  • Top books: ‘Nudge’ Richard Thaler .. Jab Jab Jab Right Hook Gary Vaynerchuk recommended at the Social Media Marketing World San Diego..Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold Terry Brooks.
  • Some business tips ? don’t always sell .. use videos .. ask questions ..find your niche and find your platform .. get into storytelling.
  • Mantra: Follow your dreams and don’t regret.
Wasn’t that just brilliant ..? We learnt so much about some great local must visit places but also some total business gems no matter how big or small you are .. I’m going to have to listen again! I am writing right now a to do note an action to take time out go to the after work party and breath in that view maybe I’ll see you there ?? I also want to check out a treatment and the ESPA range this year with Valentine’s and Mother’s day coming up there is a hint there for you  Mr B! So note to selves .. don’t be be scared of the 5 stars let’s enjoy and support this fabulous local family run business.
OK fireflies that’s a wrap thanks for listening.

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