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Business Groups, Associations and Networking for Expats in Spain

Submitted: August 2013

Expats will find numerous networking groups, clubs and professional associations dedicated to business and individual professions in Spain. Typically, you will have to sign up to become a member and pay an annual membership fee. In return, you will get access to the group’s networking events, publications, online resources and consultation services. Detailed information on how to become a member, various types of membership and the respective fees can be found on the website of a particular network. Most of these groups also have regional and local branches.

Examples of business groups and networks in Spain are:

Women in business might be interested in joining one of the specialised women’s networks. These membership-based networks support businesswomen in Spain and those wishing to start their own business. Most of them also organise regular trainings and networking events. Examples of women’s networks in Spain include:

You will also find numerous professional networks and associations dedicated to individual professions, such as dentists, librarians or teachers. To look for professional, governmental, and business associations in Spain use the search tool of the Ministry of Interior and enter the applicable keyword.

Online networking sites have become increasingly popular among professionals worldwide, and Spain is no exception! These networks enable both companies and individuals to create an online profile, and join groups of interest. They can be useful tools for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field. The most widely-used networking sites among professionals in Spain are LinkedIn and Xing.

Expat business professionals might also be interested in the country-specific business groups in Spain. A good starting point is to approach the respective country’s Chamber of Commerce in Spain. Most Chambers run membership clubs directed at both, business professionals from the respective country who are doing business in Spain, and business professionals from Spain who are interested in doing business with that particular country. These clubs offer consultation services and organise networking events for their members.

To find the applicable Chamber of Commerce, have a look at the List of Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Spain, where you will find details of all Chambers. The Websites of the individual Chambers normally offer an overview over how to become a member and membership benefits. See for example, the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, or the German Chamber of Commerce in Spain.

For other expat groups in Spain have a look at Expat Groups.

 

 




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