Wednesday, 31 October 2012

German travel company choose Bulgaria Black Sea for club loving holidaymakers, the rest try Veliko Tarnovo

Day of the Black Sea not just Halloween 31st Oct!

Today is not only Halloween but the 31 October is celebrated as the International Black Sea Day. The Black Sea is the most isolated sea of the World Ocean – it is linked to the oceans through the Mediterranean Sea through the Bosphorus, Dardanelli and Gibraltar straits. In 1996, during a meeting between the ministers of the environment of Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine it was chosen as a holiday. It is already part of the life of the sixteen million people living around the coastline and is firmly established in the calendar of events related to environmental awareness raising and public involvement on Black Sea issues.
Day of the Black Sea
Black Sea pollution can be seen with the green/turqoise areas being prolific
One interesting concept that could re-use and clean the Black Sea pollution is Hydrogen development. While there's no shortage of hydrogen on the planet, it requires energy to liberate the gas from its plentiful state in seawater. Finding an economical source of hydrogen would add an important tool to the new century's clean tech energy portfolio. Part of the answer may lie some 200 metres beneath the surface of the Black Sea. Scientists have long studied a deep layer of hydrogen sulphide below the nearly land-locked sea. Its presence in such large quantities results from organic runoff being trapped between permanent layers of salty water from the Black Sea and inflowing river water — a situation that may represent a long-term hazard to the millions who live in the region. Turkish researchers are eyeing this pollution as a possible energy resource. Scientists at the TUBITAK Marmara Research Center in Gebze-Kocaeli are investigating ways to process the hydrogen sulfide, splitting it into pure hydrogen and marketable sulphur resides. Experts suggest that it may be possible to produce up to 500 tons of fuel hydrogen from the over 10,000 tons of hydrogen sulphide entering the Black Sea each day. To enhance the green theme of the deal, solar power would be used to power the process.

If commercially viable, the solution would provide a double benefit: reducing the risk of catastrophe from upwelling hydrogen sulfide gas, while tapping a large scale, fully renewable energy source.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th biggest rivers in Europe belong to the catchment basin of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, linked to the Black Sea. More than 300 rivers flow into it which provides the Black Sea with a huge catchment basin. About 35% of mainland Europe belongs to the catchment basin of the Black Sea. The area of the catchment basin is over 2.3 million sq miles and covers, fully or partially, the territories of 22 countries in Europe and Asia – 6 Black Sea countries (Bulgaria, Goergia, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine) and 16 countries from Central and Eastern Europe.
clean water in Veliko tarnovo
The fresh air in North Central Bulgaria and clean water
is in stark reality to some of the water found on the coatline

However, if you dont want to be concerned about pollution when buying your seaside resort property in Bulgaria, look no further than the clean air of the regions around Veliko Tarnovo and properties in and around Elena and Gabrovo.
Bulgarian real estate
Stunning properties in Bulgaria in the Elena Balkan and only a stone throw
from Veliko Tarnovo the old capital of Bulgaria

The air here is renowned for its cleanliness and Bulgarian Real estate in this area eludes you away from the risk of Sulphur Dioxide contamination!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Outsourcing, as a term, is often interpreted as a shed with 100's of people crammed in it, not particularly glamorous? The term “contact centre” may be connected with thoughts of an irritative agent making an unsolicited telephone call in the evening – however its a becoming a very big revenue stream for many emerging countries as most people would recognise, especially India as one of the more famous (or infamous) dependent upon who you ask!

 Some eastern European countries have now discovered outsourcing specialisms for themselves, thanks to their low overheads, a workforce of tech·ie graduates, location (often called nearshoring not offshoring), tax incentives to name a few. Invest Bulgaria Agency (IBA) claim that Business process outsourcing (BPO) has become something of a success story here in Bulgaria, where around 15,000 employees generate revenues of €200m.

BPO Bulgaria outsourcing and nearshoring
Gladwish has been in Bulgarian Customer care
and service for 10 years
60K International Contact Centres, are a large privately owned company with two large and high quality Contact Centres in Sofia. Jon Gladwish, CEO, says "we believe that the better the working environment is, the better the results of our people will be.
That is why we put a lot of effort into creating a call centre caring spirit and additional conveniences like our beautiful roof terraces, free bus & parking and on-site subsidized restaurants". Gladwish was originally at Btk (Bulgarian Telecommunications Company) as Director of their International Call Centre and asked Philip Clayton to search for properties to set up an independent contact center.

Clayton was also at Btk as Director of Real Estate and moved on as Development Director with 60K and is a partner at Yantra Homes in Bulgaria who specialise in Bulgarian real estate in North central Bulgaria.
Bulgaria as a destination for outsourcing and property purchase
Clayton has been managing Bulgarian property management,
 facilities management and Real Estate services for 9 years.

"Successive governments and the IBA have been keen to promote the sector, with tax breaks, training and infrastructure subsidies, and logistical support", says Elena Kozhuharova, the agency’s outsourcing and IT expert. Companies can also buy municipal Bulgarian properties at low prices. The agency has proposed further measures specifically intended to support outsourcing for the government’s forthcoming Investment Promotion Act, including employment incentives and tax write-offs on R&D expenditure which Sixty K took advantage of. Labour costs are significantly lower than in western Europe, and while they may be higher than those in some Asian countries, Bulgaria can draw on other competitive advantages, particularly the advantage of near neutral accents and expertise in the ever increasing web-chat environments.
Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria property
Yantra Homes specialise in beautiful
properties in North Central Bulgaria!

So Bulgaria and particularly Sixty K’s culture is simple, they focus on providing Legendary Customer Service. They do this through their people, and only recruit the best, they ensure that they have the right personal characteristics to “fit in” at 60K and with the cultures of their Clients. Yantra Homes ethos and view is "we all have choices in life, so when buying Bulgarian properties, it's not just a choice of what you buy and where but with whom you place your trust. Yantra Homes offer a premier service to all their clients which is tailored to the clients specific requirements.
River Yantra Homes in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo
Yantra Homes is based in Veliko Tarnovo,

Customers can buy cheap properties in Bulgaria's beautiful North Central region, rich in history, culture and breathtaking scenery with the confidence that your property in Bulgaria purchase is being handled in a professional and forthright manner.

Property prices in Bulgaria on the up for the 1st time in 4 years

Knight Frank's latest report shows that after several years of market decline, Bulgarian real estate values have started to recover.
house in Bulgaria for sale
Recovery for Bulgarian Real Estate

Bulgaria property prices have increased for the first time in four years, according to these new statistics. 

Bulgaria has been ranked 39th in the Knight Frank Global House Price Index, far above the falling markets of Greece, Spain and Italy, making it one of the best performing markets in Eastern Europe.

Bulgaria Real Estate prices dropped by 2.6 per cent in June 2012 compared to the previous year, but on a quarterly scale the picture is far more positive. Prices dipped in the first three months of 2012 by 0.3 per cent, but the slip was almost reversed in the second quarter of the year, with values rising by 0.2 per cent; the first increase in the market since 2008.
Bulgaria house for sale
Banners announcing sale of Real Estate in Bulgaria maybe attracting  more attention soon

The news follows increasing demand for Bulgarian property on, with the country re-entering the overseas property portal's top 10 most popular destinations this summer.

While the price rises are small, Knight Frank’s research hints that now might be the time to start considering properties in Bulgaria again.

Ready to try Bulgaria? Browse our listings of houses, apartments or other Bulgarian property

Elena Bulgaria house for sale
Great value Real Estate in Bulgaria now on the up?