Karen has had a varied and well travelled life. Taking in the continent of Europe and South Africa. Qualified in accounting, law and teaching she arrived in the Charente in 2003 with Andrew and their two children where they bought their home and renovation project. Initially working alongside Andrew building up their renovation business. Karen then focussed on setting up Solutions, a hand holding serivce for expatriates who required help with French administration or her kanguage skills. She also runs courses for small businesses to teach them how to correctly record their accouting information according to French law.
The language school followed and the project for 2021 onwards is to build up the number of available teachers and host families in France where children and adults can receive full language immersion or just one to one lessons.
Karen is also very proud to be involved with Artisan Central as one of their advisors.
Andrew was born in London where he took part in his apprenticeship at from the age of 15 with Bovis Homes. He has worked in the building industry in the UK and France for over 40 years. He has lived in the Charente with his family since 2003 and set up his business in 2004. Andrew also spent several years in the REME where his carpentry and welding skills were used for fitting out boats.
Andrew has worked on all types of buildings including the Gridshell at Weald and Downland Museum, the restauration of Uppark House after a fire, and various listeded properties in the UK and France. He featured in the Nouvelle Republique after restoring a protestant chapel in Chef Boutonne. The skills he has honed over the years have been perfect for the repair, mainteance and restoration of French homes.
With his tried and tested team of sub contrators he is able to provide a full service to French hoem owners.
Lara has been our PA since the early part of 2020 when we identified the need for permanent help.
Lara has lived and worked in the Charente for 15 years succesfully running her own small business from home and is often the first point of contact for all our clients.
After many years in London as a PA she then worked for a Graphic Design firm as a proof reader and Account Manager. She then ran her own business in East Sussex before Moving to France.
She has expert IT and organisational skills.