Trade & Investment Opportunities in Spain | July 2019

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Elliot House

151 Deansgate


M3 3WD

United Kingdom

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, is organising a “Opportunities in Spain” event on 4th July 2019.

Why Do Business in Spain?

  • Economy: Spain has a modern, knowledge-based economy, in which services represent 75% of its business activity. According to the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum, which includes economic growth factors, Spain ranks 26th. Spain also ranks 30th in the Ease of Doing Business Index of 2019.

  • Infrastructure: The Global Competitiveness Report 2016, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), ranks Spain in 12th place worldwide in terms of infrastructures and logistical services. Infrastructures in Spain are a "role model" worldwide. There are 4 Spanish ports among Europe's 25 most important ports.

  • Workforce: Spain ranks among the top three European countries as regards number of employees holding university degrees. This is in line with the leading European economies.

  • Tax system: Spain's tax system is modern and competitive. The Spanish Tax Agency is one of Europe's most modern tax agencies, always state-of-the-art in its offer of electronic public services, like the obtention of tax certificates or the presentation of tax declarations online. Spain imposes a moderate taxation, below the average of the EU-28 and the Eurozone.

  • Tourism: Tourism Revenues in Spain averaged 3198.24 EUR Million from 1993 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 8015 EUR Million in August of 2018. According to the data published by the World Bank, on international tourism, Spain has seen a high number of arrivals in 2017, of 1.341billion.

  • Investment: According to the FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index of the OECD, Spain is the ninth country worldwide with more open regulations regarding international investment.

About the Spanish Chamber in the United Kingdom

Founded in 1886 and based in London, the Chamber offers both Spanish and British companies the opportunity to promote themselves commercially in both markets via a wide range of services including promotion, networking, information and advice, training, commercial development, business collaboration, logistic and administrative support.The Chamber gives companies access to essential information regarding the various markets in Spain and in the United Kingdom, and they can also take advantage of the technical support.

Join us on this afternoon event to find out more about how your business could benefit from investing in Spain:

This event is proudly hosted in partnership with the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office and Santander bank.


17.00 - 17.30 Registration

17:30 – 17:45 Welcome address: Spanish Embassy,, President Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, President Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

17:45 - 18.00 GMCC: Introduction & analysis of trade between the NW England & Spain

18:00 – 18:20 Doing Business in Spain: A strategic and trade-sector oriented presentation on the advantages for regional companies Ms. María Jesús Fernández, Executive Director ICEX- INVEST IN SPAIN

18:20 – 18:50 Panel discussion

A technical discussion on opportunities and challenges for north west firms operating with Spain, based on three core sectors (tbc):


1) A member of the Santander regional team

2) A Spanish company (which has successful experience of investing in the UK)

3) [One/two] local companies (clients of Santander who have successful experience of investing in Spain)

4) [DIT representative (tbc)]

Moderated by: DIT representative OR relevant staff member from the Manchester Chamber (tbc).

18:50 – 19:00 How the Spanish Chamber of Commerce can add value to your Spanish strategy. Success stories

19:00 – 19:10 Closing Remarks by John Carroll, Head of International and Transactional Banking, Santander UK

19:10 – 20:30 Networking Reception (sponsored by Ibérica)

*This agenda may be subject to change without prior notice.

Who should attend this event?

Companies who are looking to expand to Spain. Please note that exporters of goods and companies interested in expansion will be given priority over service providers.

Service provider’s registrations will be confirmed a week before the event.

Costs: This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Cancellation Terms

In case you are no longer able to attend this event, please note you must cancel your place at least 5 working days before the event. The cancellation must be in writing and sent to indicating the event you are cancelling for and delegate(s) details. Failure to do so will incur in a cancellation fee as follows: £10+VAT for members per delegate and £15+VAT for non-members per delegate.


Registration is subject to availability and registration details will be shared with event's partners.

Please note: There may be photographs taken at our events that will be used for marketing purposes and on our social media channels. If you do not wish to appear in any of our marketing materials or on our social media channels, please inform a member of the Chamber team at the start of the event.

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