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Check out all the resources available to Barcelona’s self-employed people and enterprises for tackling the COVID-19 crisis: subsidies in the face of the global pandemic, legal-guidance and tax- and business-advice resources, online courses and training programmes and other economic-revival resources in the city.

Financial aid

  • Barcelona Activa has boosted its Business Finance Service to help self-employed people, enterprises and organisations in search of the financial resources they need to deal with mid- or long-term cash-flow problems or funding needs. This service offers guidance in processing specific grants, subsidies and funding lines for the COVID-19 crisis.

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  • An extra 400,000 euros (bringing the total credit line to 4 million euros) is being added to the public-cooperative credit fund with Coop57 and Fiare Banca Ètica. This measure is aimed at Barcelona’s social and solidarity economy enterprises and organisations with liquidity needs, enabling them to respond to new needs that may arise from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and providing credit to projects which, for all their economic feasibility and socio-community interest, could have a greater risk of late payment.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Agreement including direct subsidies (45,000 euros in all) with Coòpolis, as the Barcelona Ateneu Cooperative management group for advising the city’s cooperatives on their socio-economic contingency and recovery plans, putting special emphasis on the area of care work and migrant projects (plus others such as the cultural project now being developed for inter-cooperative coordination) and ensuring all actions and programmes are complementary and properly coordinated.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Call for transformational economic initiatives (with a digital or platforming component) that gives priority to the food, care and cultural sectors.

    These initiatives will be supported by a matchfunding campaign, advice on digitisation that will facilitate the economic viability and guidance of key players under the match partnership model, following the logic of 5 helices (with civil society, the business sector, research, the public authorities and socio-economic transition taking part) and ecosystemic collective intelligence.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A set of resources to help shops and the restaurant industry take the plunge into the digital world. This new service includes the necessary advice to create a digitisation plan, access to a selection of training programmes with over 50 online courses and a set of grants.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Metropolitan Taxi Institute and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, acting in collaboration with Barcelona City Council, are launching an Emergency Plan for the tax sector, to ensure safety in this means of transport, help it to combat the drop in business caused by the health emergency and recover the sector's sustainability and economic viability as much as possible.

    The plan include a total of ten immediate or medium-term initiatives, including the following:

    • Creation of a new app for the taxi service, so it can adapt to the new type of demand developing as a result of the current situation.
    • Adapting supply to demand: a taxi-service percentage will be established at the various stages of the lockdown exit strategy, for the purposes of adapting supply— and therefore, the sector’s return to activity — in accordance with the increase in demand for mobility from city residents.
    • Hygiene and disinfection measures: standardised vehicle hygiene and disinfection protocols and protective systems to ensure safety for taxi drivers and their customers, where it will be mandatory for both parties to wear masks.
    • Remote assistance services for taxi drivers: To protect against crowding and the accumulation of contagions in facilities during this period, the IMET will be adapting all its taxi-driver assistance services, giving priority to those carried out remotely, from issuing licences to registering for exams for taxi-driver permits.
    • New urban mobility and adapting taxi ranks to demand: a study will be prepared on new types of mobility in metropolitan cities, to adapt the taxi-rank network to the main points of demand.
    • Facilities for renewing vehicles: the plan provides for reaching an agreement with road-transport stakeholders, to ensure the service's steady modernisation and the decarbonisation of vehicles.
    • One-year moratorium for changing vehicles: a proposal will be made to the Metropolitan Taxi Council to approve a one-year moratorium regarding the obligation to change vehicles that turn ten years old in 2020 and 2021.

    Advice for taxi drivers on available financial aid

    The IMET will be opening a specific one-stop-shop service (both remote and in person) for receiving personalised information on Spanish, regional and local financial aid and how to obtain it. 

    Latest update 12/05/2020

  • The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has joined forces with the water companies supplying its 36 municipalities to offer a programme of financial subsidies to help SMEs and the self-employed pay their water bills and the metropolitan waste disposal tax (TMTR).

    The new discount package is aimed at companies with fewer than 50 workers and an annual turnover below 8 million euros, as well as at the self-employed.

    Families whose income has dropped because of the current crisis are also entitled to social discounts on water bills and the TMTR.

    Further information (CA)

  • Barcelona City Council has approved the terms of a new grant scheme for projects working against the feminisation of poverty - in other words, projects that aim to reduce poverty and precariousness among women - endowed with a total of €150,000 euros for 2020 and 2021. The measure is part of the social shock plan to combat the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, an emergency that has affected women more due to their more vulnerable starting point before the crisis.

    The aid for projects against the feminisation of poverty is in addition to the various support mechanisms for non-profit organisations already working against the effects of Covid-19. In relation to this, the City Council has put together an aid package with a €500,000 investment for those solidarity initiatives that have worked on food projects during Covid-19. These grants, which range from €10,000 to €12,000 in value, will be awarded to grassroots organisations in order to reach around forty organisations that have kept their food services in operation or launched new ones during the hardest times of the pandemic.

    At the same time, and with the aim of combating precariousness and facilitating empowerment, a new edition of the programme “Dones amunt” [“Women Up”] will take place between late 2020 and early 2021 with the creation of five new groups of women in the neighbourhoods of Ciutat Meridiana, Besòs, Roquetes, El Poble-sec and either El Raval or Trinitat Vella.

    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • From September 2020, the City of Barcelona will have a child-minding service. Project Concilia, which is being launched this September as a pilot project, will run continuously for five months, until 31 January, with the aim of facilitating people's work-life balance in low-income areas of the city that are part of the Neighbourhoods Plan.

    For this reason, the new service will be open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Special attention will be given to applications from low-income, single-parent families that do not have a strong community network.

    Each of the six venues will have the capacity to accept between 6 and 8 children per hour, aged between 3 and 12. They will be managed by around twenty full-time educators. The new service will be offered in six areas included in the Neighbourhoods Plan:

    • La Verneda i la Pau: La Pau Neighbourhood Centre.
    • El Besòs i el Maresme: Besòs Neighbourhood Centre.
    • Trinitat Vella: Trinitat Vella Civic Centre.
    • Raval Sud: pending confirmation.
    • La Marina: Sala Pepita Casanelles.
    • Zona Nord: in the morning the Ciutat Meridiana Children Centre facilities will be used, and in the afternoon, the Zona Nord Civic Centre.


    Last updated: 18/08/2020

  • With the Barcelona Activa initiative Feina, we are offering businesses incentives to hire unemployed people with special difficulties in gaining access to the job market. This measure has been allocated €1.5 million. It consists of a subsidy for each new full-time contract of at least six months that the company signs for the affected work centre in the Barcelona metropolitan area to hire unemployed people registered as Barcelona residents.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • ICF, Avalis de Catalunya and Barcelona City Council, through Barcelona Activa, have launched a line of funding known as B·Credits with a budget of 12 million euros for city businesses, to cover an occasional lack of liquidity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These loans will primarily go to the commercial, restaurant and catering, tourism, creative industry, care, education and sport sectors as well as to self-employed and business women.

    This line of micro-loans, which can be requested from theBarcelona Activa’s Business Support Office (OAE), is part of the economic revitalisation plan launched by Barcelona City Council's Economic Response Centre (CECORE), which was created at the start of the pandemic to revive the city’s economy in the short, medium and long term. Barcelona City Council, whose priority to maintain jobs and support enterprises and self-employed workers, is aiming to provide more impetus to local businesses through these loans with guarantees and good terms and conditions.

    Each loan is for 12,500 euros and will come with a 5-year term, including a one-year period of grace. The micro-loans will be endorsed to 100% by Societat de Garantia Recíproca de Catalunya, Avalis de Catalunya, SGR, which will receive a €2 million contribution from Barcelona City Council. Beneficiaries of the endorsements will have to become members of Avalis by taking up a €200 shareholding.

    Last updated: 08/10/2020

  • Barcelona City Council is launching the Crea Feina [Create Jobs] programme through Barcelona Activa, providing financial aid for recruitment to reduce the costs your company faces when hiring new people and to promote jobs in the city.

    The Programme is offering businesses 5000 euros in financial aid to hire unemployed people who are registered Barcelona residents. The contracts must be for at least six months (or open-ended) and full time. Companies in the Metropolitan Area have up to 30 June 2021 to apply for this aid.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • In order to promote employment and business activity, Mercabarna has launched a €5,700 grant for food or flower companies that hire young people who have just graduated from state schools or unemployed professionals trained at Mercabarna.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • The city’s general grants for 2021 include €1.6 million specifically for trade. There are three categories, which focus on commercial revitalisation, professional support and digitisation.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • The City Council has launched financial aid schemes for those markets that have been most affected by the effects of the pandemic. Specifically, we have allocated €250,000 for this purpose, which has risen to 450,000 thanks to actions carried out by the Municipal Institute of Markets of Barcelona.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • Barcelona City Council has opened its fifth “Impulsem el que fas” [We promote what you do] call, through Barcelona Activa, for applications for subsidies to finance projects that boost the economy in Barcelona’s neighbourhoods and districts. The subsidies can cover up to 80% of a project’s total budget, with a maximum subsidy of 50,000 euros.

    Regional-based projects are being sought that boost entrepreneurship and enterprise, revitalisation of ground-floor commercial premises, socio-economic innovation, quality jobs, responsible and sustainable tourism, responsible consumption, sustainable agri-food models, creative industries and logistics with zero-emission vehicles.


  • If you want to work on a new business project, access Barcelona Activa's Entrepreneurial Services.

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  • Advice services for self-employed people, enterprises and organisations in the social and solidarity economy: setting up, funding, managing talent, transfers, internationalisation, digital transformation and so on.

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  • Queries on the shock plan are answered and local support can be offered through this form.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The intention of this guide was to create a document for analysing the problems specific to each type of cultural event or activity, in order to draw out a set of criteria enabling them to go ahead but adapted to the basic prevention and protection measures against the possible spread of COVID-19 infections.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A tailored guidance service for social and solidarity economy enterprises, in close collaboration with the SSE ecosystem’s services, operators and players and with specialist expert advice, for the resurgence of 350 enterprises. This includes groups for reactivating enterprises and organisations, a map of the SSE ecosystem's needs in collaboration with SSE players to set out joint initiatives, and an online notice board for enquiries and rapid responses.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Made-to-measure programme for business overhaul, recovery and reinvention, aimed at social and solidarity economy enterprises and initiatives badly hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It includes specific recovery programmes for the care, textile, cultural and collaborative-economy sectors.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Tourism Observatory (OTB) supervises and draws up reports which discuss the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and future expectations in the tourist sector worldwide.

  • Barcelona City Council is offering an online advice service for enterprises linked to the visitor economy to find out what the most appropriate health and safety protocols or measures are for each type of business. We will use this guidance to help ensure those visiting Barcelona that it is a safe city.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Sports Office is a service provided by Barcelona City Council to the city's sports sector, through the Barcelona Institute of Sports, to provide that sector with free support for managing activities and projects. The service provides information, advice and training on employment, legal, accounting, communication and environmental matters, as well as on the various procedures of public authorities, such as grants, financial aid and submitting sealed tenders, among other things.

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  • Specialist advice for companies, self-employed individuals, start-ups, cooperatives, and organisations or associations linked to the city's sports sector, to inform them of the financial aid and resources made available to them by the City Council and other government bodies and institutions to mitigate the potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the feasibility of their business or sports projects.

    The service will be provided by Barcelona Activa’s Business Support Office (OAE) through the Call Centre set up for this purpose, with telephone number: 900 533 175 (9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday)

  • The Barcelona International Welcome website offers a welcome service for foreign nationals moving to the city, in particular international talent wishing to establish themselves in the city and embark on an economic or professional activity. It offers information and resources to help them settle in and establish themselves here, such as practical information on everyday aspects (housing, healthcare), procedures that have to be carried out when moving to the city (foreign-national registration, city-residence registration, healthcare card), documents and other useful resources.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A comprehensive advisory and support service for employment inclusion, aimed at companies with a future vision and commitments to employment inclusion. 

    The service is made up of a team of professional experts in the area of employment inclusion from the Barcelona Network for Employment Inclusion (XIB).

    The service offers the following:

    • Information on the social and corporate benefits of employment inclusion.
    • Support for individuals and companies with recruitment processes and in the workplace.
    • Information and advice on accessibility in the work environment.
    • Training initiatives for ensuring inclusion.

    You can contact the Inclou Futur service. 

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  • A new online information service lists all the financial and support resources specially directed at micro-companies, SMEs, the self-employed and workers, the groups that are worst affected by the drop in turnover during the state of emergency. It also provides its service to any company, cooperative, organisation or association that requests it.

    The web portal includes a packet of services, actions and aid specifically designed to tackle this temporary period of uncertainty, lack of liquidity and general cessation of activity.

    The new service covers resources offered by the City Council, the Government of Catalonia and the Spanish Government

    Barcelona Activa information service (CA)


  • specialist unit has been launched to help self-employed people, micro-enterprises, SMEs and cooperatives obtain financial aid for dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

    The new unit is coordinated from Barcelona Activa's Business Advice Office (OAE).

    The service analyses each business to ascertain its needs and what special aid it is eligible for. This aid includes grants from organisations such as the Official Credit Institute (ICO), the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF) and the financial facilities available from banks.

    The businesses most likely to use this support service are expected to be those relating to trade, tourism and the creative industries, among others.

    This new measure is in addition to the service which provides advice and information on other non-exclusive financial aid from other public bodies.

    Barcelona Activa

    Latest update 05/05/2020

  • Every week, Barcelona Activa’s FAQs Activa Live initiative answers  questions on employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship  causing the most concern during these uncertain times, given the change of economic and employment paradigm.

    The sessions will be held live and broadcast every Thursday, at 5 pm, on the Instagram Live channel.  Anyone connecting to them will be able to sort out their queries and direct their questions to an expert from Barcelona Activa.

    Each session’s issues will be announced in advance on Barcelona Activa’s social networks and other digital channels. Questions will be gathered a few days before the sessions, from Instagram Stories.

    The questions put will be answered by an expert during the broadcast. This will be immediately followed by questions to those who are connected to the session. Once the live broadcast has ended, it will be edited for its highlights and made accessible from Barcelona Activa's YouTube channel.

    Barcelona Activa's Activa Live FAQs

    Latest update 22/05/2020

  • Personalised support for small enterprises, startups, self-employed workers, social- and solidarity-economy shops and organisations in defining a strategic business plan that enables the acceleration of their financial recovery in a post-COVID-19 context.

    Last updated: 23/07/2020

  • The Municipal Tax Office is opening this office to deal with queries and questions relating to the new tax measures that affect this administration established by Decree Law 8/2020, as a result of the health emergency caused by Covid-19. Queries should be sent by means of a form and a reply will be sent by email.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • In order to save time and journeys, if you need personal attention you must request a meeting, and staff at the office will phone you on the chosen day at the time agreed. The service deals with queries regarding the freezing of bank accounts, seizure of vehicles, fines, tax collection and taxes, rates and public charges. You will only be allowed to request a meeting for procedures not available online.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • The 010 free public helpline resolves procedures directly, facilitates information or explains how to carry out procedures online. If, despite that, it has not been possible to answer your question over the phone or online, a specialised service channel is provided to deal with the information or processing requested. If you are phoning from outside the Barcelona metropolitan area, you need to call 931 537 010. The call will be charged at the ordinary rate.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • This Service deals with enquiries about bank contracts, commissions, bank cards, mortgage loans, default registers, consumer lending and other types of consumer relations with loans and financial services institutions. Claims or queries can be submitted via the Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC) website or the municipal offices at Ronda de Sant Pau, 43, by prior appointment.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020


  • BizBarcelona and the Employment Fair are being held together from 21 to 23 September with a F2F and virtual format, with the aim of contributing to a revival of entrepreneurship, the business fabric and work opportunities. The two events are teaming up with useful tools, resources, advice and training ideas for entrepreneurs, freelancers, SMEs, start-ups and everyone looking for work, a career change or working for themselves. BizBarcelona and the Employment Fair will occupy Hall 8 on the Montjuïc site, in compliance with the tightest safety and prevention protocols.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020


  • We get closer to your business in order to advise you. Through Barcelona Activa, we help you design a new business strategy to put your business on the right path, adopt new marketing models or develop new formulas to increase demand.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • InnoBa is offering support for launching socio-economic projects in the social and solidarity economy. The service will provide advice on, among other things: generating ideas, legislation, taxation, communication, funding, organisation and team management, as well as support in preparing business plans.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • The Technology Park is offering this service to provide strategic and flexible support for companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of the prototyping process.

    Ask for the service if you need support or guidance on:

    • Strategy, support and tools for business prototyping plans
    • Using the Technology Park’s digital manufacturing tools

    Further information

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • Expert support and assistance service offering young people aged between 16 and 35 work guidance and tools to help with their job hunting and employability.

    Last updated: 2/3/2021


  • Barcelona Activa has launched a Virtual Classroom to bring training in streaming to every household. Choose the subject that interests you most and access the available courses.

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  • The Barcelona International Welcome website offers a welcome service for foreign nationals moving to the city, in particular international talent wishing to establish themselves in the city and embark on an economic or professional activity. It offers information and resources to help them settle in and establish themselves here, such as practical information on everyday aspects (housing, healthcare), procedures that have to be carried out when moving to the city (foreign-national registration, city-residence registration, healthcare card), documents and other useful resources.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • In order to narrow the digital gap, Barcelona City Council, through Barcelona Activa, has launched various lines of action in the area of technological training.

    • Shift to online training during the Covid-19 crisis, through the use of Virtual Classrooms, in order to ensure knowledge of the necessary technological skills to deal with the current situation.
    • Prioritising on-site training, when circumstances permit, for those groups who do not have access to Internet.
    • Inclusion of IT literacy in all employment programmes, given its relevance to job seeking.
    • Introduction of free courses, workshops and master classes in ICT training at the Cibernàrium, for beginners, advanced and specialised levels. Find out more here.


    Last updated: 18/08/2020

  • Free online training particularly targeted at retail food professionals on the knowledge, processing and cooking of fresh produce (fish, meat, fruit and vegetables) and flowers.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020


  • A programme promoted by Barcelona Activa, in conjunction with Mercabarna and in collaboration with the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Markets, which seeks to respond to the need for generational handover in the markets. The programme is aimed at young people aged 18 to 29, with or without compulsory secondary education (ESO), Baccalaureate or intermediate Vocational Training qualifications, and offers guidance and training in 3 food-trade specialities.

    The second edition is currently about the finish and the deadline for hiring will be 30 June 2021.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021


  • Barcelona City Council has decided to change the payment dates for taxes, rates and public-sector charges making up municipal tax measures. Payment deadlines are being postponed to help to lighten economic burdens in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Local commercial establishments and restaurants will be granted exceptional temporary access to more surface space to boost their economic activity and to help neighbourhood life recover. In addition, the terrace fee will be reduced by around 75%.

    The municipal government will extend provisional authorisations for a year. They will be permitted until 31 December 2021 to facilitate establishments’ economic activity.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The City Council has eased the conditions and time limits for subsidies to be awarded, the goal being to streamline payment periods and speed up the injection of liquidity for companies, organisations and the self-employed which benefit from them.

    The priority is to optimise feasibility so that subsidised activities can be carried out.

    The measures include bringing forward payments to before the period for challenges and amendments in the general call, subsidising certain overheads even if the object of the subsidy has not been carried out or increasing the value of the subsidy in exceptional cases from the usual maximum of 50% to 80%.

    With regard to the justification of subsidies, the deadline is also being extended until 30 September 2020.

    Approval will also now be possible for new subsidy calls for situations strictly linked to the state of emergency for Covid-19. In these cases, time limits will not be suspended.

    Further information (CA)

    Latest update 24/04/2020

  • Given the serious financial difficulties being experienced by businesses and the self-employed due to Covid-19, Barcelona City Council has reduced the time it takes to pay invoices received in March and April. These invoices will now be paid twenty days after they were presented via the official registry.

    The purpose of this measure is to provide municipal suppliers with maximum liquidity in as little time as possible, to ensure maximum business survival.

    In all, 1,921 invoices have been paid with a total value of €45,102,176.

    Further information (ES)

    Latest updated 05/05/2020

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