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Brexit Information Point for citizens and businesses

International Community. The point assists the UK community living in Barcelona, as well as companies and individuals with UK interests.

The Brexit Point is a permanent face-to-face service point in the Business Support Office in the MediaTIC building, on the 22@ area, aimed at citizens, companies and self-employed professionals to answer questions on the possible opportunities and consequences of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The point operates from Monday to Friday and users need an appointment.

This information point works by appointment from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 6 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm on Fridays to:

  • Assist citizens and work for the retention of international talent: clarifying doubts and reducing the concern of British citizens living Barcelona.
  • Build loyalty and retain investments and projects: informing British capital companies that operate in our territory and other people or organisations that may be affected by the impact of Brexit.
  • Attract investment and international talent: helping companies that want to set up in the city as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU.

This service is run in coordination with the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Spain, through the British Consulate General in Barcelona, and the Ministry of Interior, through the Government Subdelegation in Barcelona.

Pioneering initiative to respond to the British community

This initiative, a pioneering project in Spain, responds to the British community in the city and to the companies of Barcelona that have interests in the United Kingdom. According to the municipal register from 2019, it is estimated that more than 8,500 people from the United Kingdom live in Barcelona and that about 660 British-owned companies are established in Catalonia (8% of total foreign companies), according to ACCIÓ.

Support through web and specific informative sessions

In addition to the Brexit Point, the City Council has created a specific section on the Barcelona International Welcome website, which provides practical information for personal landing.

The City Council also provides information via Q&A sessions, a newsletter and social media aimed at the city’s international business community. In addition, the last Barcelona International Community Day, the annual meeting for the international community in Barcelona, ​​organised a practical session held by the British Consul in Barcelona.

Ongoing promotion of city and action to attract talent in the United Kingdom

The implementation of the Brexit Point is framed in the battery of actions planned within the Brexit Plan promoted by the Barcelona City Council when the imminent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union became known.

Much of the action in this plan have been articulated from Barcelona Activa and the city’s promotion services, the rest having been organised directly in the United Kingdom to attract talent and economic activity.

Action abroad includes the participation of the Barcelona City Council in fairs and congresses such as Going Global, London Design Week, European Shared Services Week and City Nation Place.

Action has also been taken to integrate the British business into the city through the Barcelona Business Landing service by Barcelona Activa, which includes legal advice, HR recruiting, search for spaces and suppliers and introduction to the business ecosystem. During the period mentioned, work has been done to help more than fifty British companies get set up in the city.

 

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