Business Networking Organisations
Here is a outline of the main business networking organisations in Andalucia.
British Chamber of Commerce in Spain
The British Chamber of Commerce in Spain is a popular networking organisation with a strong presence in Madrid, Barcelona and Andalucia. Events include round table discussions for newcomers to Spain to obtain personal advice from local professionals as well as conferences in Madrid, Barcelona and Andalucucia covering worldwide business and economy issues. The governing board are elected every other year and comprise many industry heavyweights.
Further services are market studies and commercial contacts; trade missions to fellow British or Spanish organisations; interpreting and translating; careers advice; legal and tax advice; an on-line membership directory, as well as monthly lunches and other social activities.
British Chamber of Commerce Head Office in Spain:
C/ Bruc 21 1° 4°, Barcelona 08010
Tel: 933 173 220
CIT (Centro de Iniciativas Turísticas)
CIT (Centro de Iniciativas Turísticas) began in 1989 with a group of ten hoteliers in Marbella joining together to represent their common interests. Today the association has grown to more than 550 members. It is more about networking than a non-political body that promotes tourism and industry in the area. The CIT is governed by an elected committee and offers a well-known annual Business Award Ceremony and Media Awards to credit the year´s best achievers.
CIT Marbella - C/Roy Boston, (Lateral del Palacio de Congresos de Marbella)
29602 Marbella, Málaga. ESPAÑA.
Tel: 952 906 970
Costa WomenCosta Women is a free and friendly site for Women who are living in Spain, or who are looking to make the move. costawomen.com provides an essential connection point for Women, along with space for you to join in and get real life tips and advice for and during your journey.
Costa Women organise both social and business meet ups across the Spanish mainland and islands. costawomen.com offers space for you to share events, join in discussion forums, upload blogs, post classifieds and jobs, add free business listings. We have 100+ interest Groups, members discounts and offers, as well as lots of space to connect and share.
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Business 1st was launched in January 2009 and currently has two networking groups that cover from Malaga to Sotogrande. Breakfast Networking meetings are held every Thursday morning 08.00 for two hours, at either our Mijas Costa Group, The Club House, El Chaparral Golf, La Cala de Mijas or our Marbella Group at El Aparthotel Puerto Azul, Calle Camilo José Cela. Membership guarantees exclusivity for a trade / profession. Business 1st website and Social Media promote members who are available to give you there advice, support and new referrals.
Tel: 608 691 047
Rotary Clubs are numerous and famous within 168 countries worldwide. Rotary is an apolitical and non-religious club, encouraging high ethical standards and promoting worldwide peace and understanding. In addition, Rotary Clubs unite a large circle of local business people within every field, from executives to political leaders and other professionals. They enjoy social contact with like-minded, ethical professionals in all corners of the globe. Expect to hear a lot of Spanish as well as English language spoken in Andalusian Rotary clubs.
Click here for a List of Rotary Clubs in Andalucia
Marbella Business Institute (MBI)
Founded in 1982 by a small group of locally-based international businessmen the MBI operates on an informal basis. Meetings are now held at lunchtime on the last Friday of the month with invited guest speakers on a variety of business-related subjects. The MBI operates on an invitation-only basis and as such there are no members. Regular attendees may introduce other guests by nominating them to the committee. This does not however preclude people who believe they qualify from applying independently for an invitation. Although primarily set up as an international business association there are now many local Spanish businessmen who find the luncheon meetings beneficial and are regular attendees. The MBI is open to retired and semi-retired business people of all nationalities. It is now known as Marbella Business International.
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Women in Business (WIB)
Women in Business (WIB) was a popular sucessful free networking organisation aimed purely at women and operated in the area in and around Marbella from its formation in 2002 to the economic downturn in 2008. WIB´s mission was to create an association of international women who can help each other both financially and emotionally. it held regular monthly meetings with guest speakers and discussions from many areas of the local business world.
Costa Networking was a very popular sucessful networking organisation open to any business person on the Costa del Sol. It was formed in 2004 in Marbella and expanded to a numbe rof supported groups in Elveria, Sotogrande, Gibraltar and even a London Inaugural meeting at the Instituto Cervantes in 2006. It closed in early 2007.