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Neighbourhood commerce makes the city

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Local commerce and municipal markets fill our neighbourhoods with life. As the years go by, Barcelona has been consolidating its commercial and municipal-markets model based on the values of proximity, responsibility and sustainability. Thanks to Barcelona’s more than 61,000 shops and 43 markets, the city's streets are full of activity. Organised into shopping areas, associations and guilds, they are all working together to offer you a better service every day.

Retailers know what you need and how you want them at any time. They are always ready to lend an ear to adapt to your needs. Many of them had to shut down after the COVID-19 preventive measures were put in place. Now it’s time to visit them again. They’ll be delighted to attend to you. Local commerce makes the city! And that is why Barcelona City Council is supporting it with a shock plan with over 40 measures.

A local commerce that never stops

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Reactivation Aid

Even though the conditions for opening shops, bars and restaurants are steadily getting back to normal, the City Council is continuing to implement various initiatives to reactivate and drive these strategic sectors for Barcelona.  Notable municipal measures include a whole series of programmes and actions to help local commerce and restaurants go digital and to boost business activity in ground floor premises in Barcelona.

It also provides professionals and the general public with access to the Commerce and Catering Observatory, a public tool with up-to-date information, and the 2022 Services and Programme Catalogue for Commerce, Catering and Consumption, which compiles the main resources Barcelona City Council offers to these sectors.  The City Council also fosters the Areas of Urban Economic Promotion (APEU). In this regard, it has offered a series of online sessions which explain how the APEU can help Barcelona to promote and reactivate its local commerce.

In regard to subsidies, in 2022 Barcelona City Council has initiated various campaigns aimed at the city's local commerce and catering establishments: the general call for subsidies for projects of territorial or sectoral retailers’ associations, for a total amount of €1,650,000; subsidies for the digital transformation of businesses, allocated a total budget of €750,000, and subsidies for Christmas lighting on city streets. It also launched a new line of financial aid, for a total of €1 million, called “Aparadors Vius” aimed at improving the exterior appearance of commerce by changing shop blinds.

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The butcher who greets you every time you go past their stall, the pharmacist who asks you how your mother is, the bookshop assistant who knows what your favourite books are...

You’ll always find a smile behind Barcelona’s shop counters. In fact, the most recent surveys on the city’s residents show notably high scores for the service provided in shops: 7.7 out of 10.

Behind the counter of the local shops and stalls in Barcelona’s markets, you will always find someone ready to listen and help. They are there for whatever you need. By visiting them, you are helping to make the city.

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