Each week, our Managing Director Mark Smillie shares his musings with his weekly newsletter. For this latest copy, he’s mixing it up a bit, and talking about the challenges Mark has faced in travelling during these times! If you’re interested in signing up for the newsletter and getting it hot off the presses, head on over here.

“I hope you will forgive me a little today as I am straying. Clare and I have cancelled 3 holidays this year and decided to book a place we knew in Cyprus, recently flying out to Paphos.

Little did we know the FUN we would have in getting a Covid test and a Cyprus Fly Pass! You have 72 hours to do this, no problems you might say. We also had a weekend and Bank Holiday to contend with, so no postal service. Hence, we went private, and our son delivered our 2 tests to the Laboratory in London. I gather there is one in Wales and Scotland too, but that was hardly handy in our situation.

They acknowledged receipt of Clare’s a few hours later, and I promise you this was not easy, I managed to get the name and mobile number of a Human Being at the laboratory, who turned out to be a nice guy.

They had lost or could not find my test.

I know, how could this happen? They were both delivered together!

They sent a courier 70 miles to us, and I did the test again, its 10pm now on Sunday.

On Monday I thought I must get in contact with the Nice Guy his name is Nick, at 9 am to see if they found it.  He said I have been hanging on for an hour while they were looking for it and they just have hung up on me.

All I can say is thank goodness, I am older now, I did not throw my mobile out the window after verbally destroying him. I encouraged him, thanked him for being there for us and did all the good things. After receiving Clare’s Covid all clear test back from the laboratory, we discover they have dated it incorrectly a day earlier, making it void. What a Joyous Occasion that was! I have to go back to Nick and ask him to get a new one done with the correct date on it, this is Bank Holiday Monday. Nick then texts me to say DRUM ROLL you have got the all clear! Hooray I think, I open the certificate to find they have forgotten to date it.

Well now, its 7 00 am on Tuesday. We go through to boarding where they check passports and pull aside anyone who has not got the correct paperwork.

Then we wait on the plane whilst they take off luggage for about a dozen poor people who are denied access to fly.

To conclude; We are staying in a beautiful villa and have decided to stay another week. As you will have guessed by now I have decided to scrap the copy I had originally written. But if you are looking for any type of Business Finance, please call me on my mobile in Cyprus. We can discuss your case and then I can put it with the correct specialist in my team! Altenatively, just simply send me an email. CBILS loans are ceasing at the end of the month. We are having great success in getting these through.

We have just arranged a further 250k CBILS loan for one of our clients!

If you are not looking for any type of finance now, but wish to speak to me about Cyprus, you are very welcome to call me! We are 2 hours ahead, earlier rather than later is best for me or of course email me.


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Please pick up the phone and say hi, you are always welcome to call me on my personal mobile.

Kind regards,

Mark Smillie

The numbers you need: 0800 612 5364 or 07710 466166″

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