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5 Successful Businesses in Catalonia and Spain

Written by Adriana

Being an entrepreneur is now a trend and everyone is talking about it, but they have always been employers (as they used to call those brave who invested all their time and effort into an idea) working to expand their business, with surprising results, and becoming paradigmatic examples of successful cases.

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There are several of these businesses in Catalonia and Spain; companies that have a name within the national and international market and have grown from SME’s to be huge companies with hundreds of employees and offices in several countries.

Either you want to enjoy this city staying for a short term or you are having the thought of starting a new project in Barcelona. This article of ShBarcelona will talk about these examples of business success.

Doing business in Catalonia

Moritz factory

Local inhabitants of Barcelona are very aware of the Moritz case. Moritz Factory opened in the city center, where they serve tapas and gourmet dishes at very affordable prices and always accompanied by the famous beer.

moritz beer bottle

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Moritz recently opened the store, next to the restaurant, and also a franchise business opened at the Born Cultural Center. An example of success with a good communication and marketing strategy, and fun events sponsored and organized by Moritz brand.

Everybody noticed this success and is a example to follow.

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Inditex Group

The huge success of Inditex Group, led by one of the world’s wealthiest Spaniards, Amancio Ortega, has experienced an international expansion with numerous shops and clothing brands with different lines according to the target in every city on the planet.

zara part of inditex group

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But don’t forget that in 1963 this businessman from La Coruña (Galicia) was an entrepreneur who decided to open a clothing store, which in 1975 became the first Zara and you know about what came after that.

Related article: How Did Amancio Ortega, the Owner of the Inditex Empire, Become the Third Richest Man on Earth?


Another company that stands out as a case of success is Privalia, founded in 2006 by Lucas Carné and José Manuel Villanueva. This online outlet already spread to Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, and Germany and invoice 422 million per year.

Privalia logo

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Carné suggests to “be conservative with money before making new financing rounds” and “have the appropriate legal advice to avoid surprising facts”.

Listen to the wise pieces of advice of those who have been entrepreneurs and are now beginning to get benefits from it.

Get to know ShBarcelona


eDreams began in 1999 as a small online travel agency and today belongs to the ODIGEO group, a leading travel agency in Europe and the fifth in the world, with more than 4,000 million euros of benefits every year.

travel on keyboard

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Mauricio Prieto was one of its founders in Silicon Valley and one of those who helped it to be settled in Barcelona. He believes that the success of this online agency lies in being the first in a nonexistent business in Europe and offer the best prices to the customer. 

The next goal of this group is to float on the stock exchange.

If you want to know more on how to start a small business in Spain, read our Guide to Opening A Small Business in Barcelona.

Do you want to start a business in Barcelona?
Tell us about your ideas or questions on doing business in Catalonia!

About the author


Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.


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    I and my family want to live in Spain and as you know we have to transfer money there for living or start a small business in there.
    we want to get permit permanent residence and prefer to run a business there.
    What we can to do ?and how?

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      • Dear Sir,
        My name is Aamir Munir from Pakistan. I want to start my own business in Spain the question is how I can start a business and what is legal procedure for registration of new business?

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