Barcelona: a trailblazing business and events hub


Barcelona’s reputation as the logistical capital of southern Europe makes it the ultimate place to do business on the Med. With the region’s busiest port, high-speed train links to France and other parts of Europe, a state-of-the-art international airport, and easy road access, its connectivity credentials cannot be emphasised enough.

To complement these strengths, Barcelona is also recognised as a global leader for innovation; a “smart” city driven by high-value sectors such as ICT, biotechnology, energy, media and design, among others. The groundbreaking work being done in the buzzing 22@ district in the centre and other clusters of medical science, knowledge and information close by, is changing lives around the world.

Since the 1992 Olympics turned the city’s fortunes around and placed it on the international stage, millions flock here every year for business and pleasure. The GSMA Mobile World Congress and other high-profile events bring revenues and opportunities, and the new Fira Gran Via convention centre has been designed with accessibility, easy networking and comfort in mind.

On top of it all are the architectural, gastronomic, coastal and cultural highlights. Find out what local and international business leaders, medical professionals and government officials have to say about this gem of a city in Leading Edge’s in-depth investment guide.