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The Your Man in Turkey team is made up of professionals who have a wide range of experience and knowledge in commercial and other matters which may interest foreign companies and individuals wishing to develop their connections in Turkey. Our team is ready to act as a first point of reference and contact in Turkey to ensure that proposed, planned or in-progress business transactions, investment projects or any other matters of concern are effectively performed in a timely manner. 


Our team aims above all to secure the trust and confidence of all enquiring parties. Through our wide contacts and knowledge of Turkish markets, we are able to identify and recommend a very capable and reliable line-up of solution partners to meet all possible service requirements.


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 Mr. J.Melvin Cottrell

Melvin Cottrell settled in Turkey in 1977 after graduating from Manchester University in Management Sciences. He worked at Arthur Andersen (1979 – 1982 as Senior Auditor), American Express Bank (1982 – 1986, first as Accounting Manager, and later as Operations Manager), and Tekstilbank (1986 – 1991 as Assistant General Manager – Operations) before founding his own company RGS Group in 1992. 


RGS Group grew into one of the largest facilities services companies in Turkey, with an annual turnover of over USD 70 million and some 5,000 employees. Melvin Cottrell sold RGS Group in 2012 to Orion Holding.


Melvin Cottrell was the Vice Chairman at the British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey for three years from 2010 to 2013.



Turkey’s net minimum wage has been raised 49% to TL 17,002 (USD 577) as of 01.01.2024       Migration communication helpline 157 available for foreigners in Turkey       Read our homepage articles on developments in the Turkish economy       Turkey’s official annual inflation rate increases to 75.45% in May 2024       Turkey’s official unemployment rate is 8.6% in March 2024       Read our BUSINESS section for latest sectoral and corporate news       Turkey’s population is 85,372,377 as of 2023 yearend       No. of foreigners visiting Turkey in 2023 increases 10.4% to 49.2 million       Turkey’s private sector foreign debt is USD 164.1 billion as of yearend 2023       Turkey’s economy grew 4.5% in 2023       FDI to Turkey is USD 10.6 billion in 2023       Turkey’s current account deficit is USD 45 billion in 2023