Last Wednesday 6th November, GSM invited students to Â visit the Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona. The Chamberâ€™s building is located at Diagonal Street near the metro station. Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Barcelona was created in 1886 to protect the public interest and achieve the common good of trade, industry and shipping.Â Manuel Girona in Agrafel was the first elected president.
Until now, the Chamber of Commerce has been part of the economic life of Catalonia and itâ€™s history can be divided into three distinct phases: first, up to 1912, characterized by the lack of representation and lack of economic resource, secondly, between 1911 and 1967, when the institution was divided into Chamber of Industry and Chamber of Commerce and Navigation and was positioned to the events that marked the life of the country (Primo de Rivera, II Republic, Civil War and Francoism), and a third phase, from 1967, when the Chambers were reunited again.
We all gathered at 10 oâ€™ clock at the entrance door. When we went inside, one of the staff guided us to the presentation room. Fortunately, the speaker started to talk about their business in English.
Here is a brief summary about the field of their activity:
Currently, the corporation provides support for entrepreneurs and looks after the interests of the companies against the government. It also Â works with the aim of contributing to the development of human capital, the internationalization of enterprises and the promotion of the information society.Â Among the objectives of the Chamber are:
- Promotion of economic activity
- defense of the general interests of business
- study and analyze the economic and territorial
- make proposals for action on infrastructure and land use
- internationalized businesses
- inform and advise companies
- using trade and tourism
- innovate and promote new services
- train business people
- be in constant communication with businesses
- be a meeting point for companies
The presenter told us all the documents in the website are in Spanish or Catalan. Thatâ€™s a negative point for an international organization which is trying to communicate with global companies. Otherwise, Students got useful information about doing business in Barcelona and Economic conditions which are helpful for starting the internship.
The Chamber offers many useful services to small and medium sized businesses and self employed individuals looking to expand abroad and foreign companies wanting to trade in Spain. Membership is free but companies pay for most of the services provided. There are collaborative events for many businesses at once but also made to measure agendas adapted to the specific needs of a company.
They also offer some of their seminars to introduce companies into the first steps to internationalise their business for free. This is a very useful resource for anyone wanting to do business abroad.