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Barcelona, Talent and Business Destination

Barcelona City Council
Barcelona, Talent and Business Destination

Barcelona is an open and diverse city that is home to over 1.6 million inhabitants in a multicultural and vibrant atmosphere full of art and culture. 29% of its residents are of foreign origin and there are 176 nationalities present in the city.

Barcelona boasts a combination of attributes that make it unique and attractive not just to live in and visit but also as a place to work, learn, invest and start up businesses. This model allows for personal and professional growth and for living a full life in all aspects. That’s because personal, family, professional and social fulfillment go hand in hand. A city that offers us everything we need in the different life stages.

A city that welcomes talent

Barcelona City Council embraces talent and innovation and welcomes newcomers through a series of services that facilitate both their personal and business landing.

Through the Barcelona International Welcome service, Barcelona City Council helps international talent with their arrival and settling in process in the city. It offers everything from practical information and advice on everyday matters concerning life in the city, such as registering as a city resident, schooling for children and finding a home, to detailed information on the formalities and procedures required to live and work in the city.

Personalised advice and support are offered through the Barcelona International Welcome Desk, the first office in the Spanish state dedicated to assisting international talent. This office provides information and expert advice to investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, highly qualified professionals or university students who have just arrived in the city.

The Barcelona International Welcome portal also offers a diverse programme of activities throughout the year that provide a space for sharing experiences, making new friendships and creating community. Activities range from information sessions on practical issues to workshops, networking events and cultural activities, and culminate in a big gathering which has been held each year in October for the last nine years: the Barcelona International Community Day.


A city for starting your business

For many years, Barcelona has been harnessing technological and digital innovation for the benefit of the city and its residents. In fact, the city is the ideal place for start-ups thanks to a combination of factors that make it favourable to entrepreneurship and business creation. The city currently has more than 1,900 start-ups. Over 40% of start-up founders in Barcelona are foreigners and Barcelona has been the 3rd favourite city for locating a start-up in Europe for 4 years in a row.

What’s more, the new law for these types of companies, approved recently by the Spanish government, is implementing various tax incentives for professionals, investors and companies that want to relocate to Spain.

The local development agency, Barcelona Activa, offers expert, specialised support for entrepreneurs who want to develop their business ideas in the city, and for companies that want to set up there, expand their business or promote other investment projects from Barcelona.

The resources for entrepreneurs offered by Barcelona Activa include welcome sessions for learning how to create a business, training courses and seminars and the business incubator service.

Barcelona also has a business landing service, with information and advice for foreign companies that want to expand in Barcelona. This municipal service offers an online business incorporation service for limited liability companies and support for recruitment and business location searches.


A Barcelona team comes to Going Global Live to help discover Barcelona’s portfolio of services further. There, you’ll be welcome to question us, to learn more and to discuss specific business opportunities that might be of interest to you.

Our stand at the Show (G422) would be a good meeting point for a discussion, plus we have 2 scheduled seminars which will also support you in your decision making.

Find us on the event's agenda here:

After these last years of uncertainty, Going Global Live will help us to reconnect. You are welcome to Barcelona, talent and business destination.

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