Setting up your company in Barcelona-Catalonia

Catalonia Trade & Investment advises foreign companies on the steps to open a business in Barcelona-Catalonia. Save time and money with a one-stop shop for your investment project in Barcelona-Catalonia.


We’ll help you establish your company in Barcelona-Catalonia.

Catalonia Trade & Investment advises foreign companies in the various stages of creating a company and starting a business in Barcelona-Catalonia.

Your objective of maximizing the return on your investment is also our objective, and our project management team works with this goal in mind.

You will have a project manager who will give you tailor-made, free-of-charge support and practical solutions under 100% confidentiality to take the right steps to open your business or company in Barcelona- Catalonia, and Spain.

Get support during all the investment phases

Our local knowledge allows us to offer ongoing support through all the phases of your investment to create a company in Barcelona-Catalonia.
From the analysis and decision phase through the implantation stage, we will be by your side during the execution of the project as well as during the post-investment stage.

We aim to guarantee the viability of your investment to create a company in Barcelona-Catalonia from the outset.

7 steps of the analysis phase to open a business in Barcelona-Catalonia:

  1. Preliminary study and analysis of the investment project to create a company in Barcelona-Catalonia.
  2. Appointment of a project manager who will assist you personally.
  3. Diagnosis of project needs and identification of critical points.
  4. Adoption of a clear timetable and follow-up process.
  5. Provision of administrative and technical information on applicable regulations for the project (health, environmental, urban, municipal, industrial safety, etc.).
  6.  Elaboration of a candidature and value proposition for your company.
  7.  Preparation of a visiting agenda accompanied by your project manager.

“Catalonia Trade & Investment was extremely helpful to set up a company in Catalonia and we really had open doors. There was always somebody that picked up the phone, supported us in finding the place, the right consulting tool, and during the recruiting process.”

Simon Michel, CEO of Ypsomed

9 steps in the implementation phase to create a business in Barcelona-Catalonia:

  1. Contacts with specialized agents, such as recruitment entities and law firms.
  2. Best opportunities for you on financing and incentives, if applicable.
  3. Search of locations and preparation of a site visit agenda.
  4. Search for local suppliers (raw materials, logistics, and services).
  5. Link with strategic partners (universities, technology centers, research institutes...).
  6. Identification of the official agencies involved in the different permits required.
  7. Guidance and advice on legal, labor, and energy issues and presentation of the project to other administrations.
  8. Work permits for managers and groups of non-EU workers, as well as support in the relocation process for workers and families.
  9. Opening, inauguration, and media coverage when needed.

4 key points of post-investment advice to set up a business in Barcelona-Catalonia:

  1. Support and solutions to solve the new needs that your company will be facing.
  2. Enhancement of new business opportunities for the company.
  3. Advice on investment processes, reinvestments, or expansions.
  4. Support the continuous dialogue with public administrations and organizations.


Contact us and get the tailored-made support you need to reach success in Barcelona-Catalonia.


“From the beginning, Catalonia Trade & Investment helped us organize our Shared Service Center. We started with 100 people, and today we have 800”

Ramon Martin, CEO of RICOH Spain and Portugal

Success Stories in Barcelona-Catalonia.

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    ILJIN Materials will invest 600 MEUR to open its first European factory in Catalonia

    The South Korean company ILJIN Materials, manufacturers of battery components, will invest 600 million euros and create 500 jobs in Catalonia with the opening of its first European factory in Mont-roig del Camp (Tarragona).

    ILJIN’s CEO, Jeom-Sik Yang, stated: “The support and help of the Catalan Government throughout the negotiation has been decisive for our election, as well as the commitment of the different administrations for the automotive industry".

    The strategic situation of Catalonia has also been a determining factor, he said, as "it is well connected with Europe and North Africa, with good maritime, air and rail connections that will supply all our European customers".

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    Danish company Universal Robots opens a new collaborative robotics hub in Barcelona

    Universal Robots chose Barcelona for the creation of the first industrial automation hub outside of Denmark. The Danish company is part of the American group Teradyne, which plans to continue growing in the collaborative robotics segment in Barcelona.

    Jacob Pascual, Regional Sales Director for Southern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the UK, says: “Universal Robots was considering other locations when it was decided to open the hub here. Other alternatives on the table were Paris, Milan and Munich. A benchmark was made of these four cities and Catalonia Trade & Investment helped in this study and also in the search for an office and location in Barcelona”.

    Pascual adds: “They also put us in contact with the local and institutional business community, and with technology centres such as Leitat and Eurecat, with which we collaborate. They have helped us increase our visibility here”.