Category: Local News

Gift wrapping paper with added value

Quan 16/01/2018 A foundation (Pare Manel), a special work centre (Estel Tàpia) and a cooperative (Tarpuna) were behind the Christmas 2017 initiative promoted by the city council’s Commerce Department and city traders to wrap gifts with fabrics and recycled paper, the “real Christmas paper”. Gifts with added value: solidarity and sustainability. Behind every gift wrapped…

Quan 31/01/2018   The Friends of the Rambla Association and other related organisations and associations are currently debating the implementation of the Special Arrangement Plan which is meant to establish the criteria for the thoroughfare’s future redevelopment. Retailers, associations and organisations are also still working on the tribute planned in the Rambla in memory of…

Quan 25/01/2018 Teams of students from the Elisava University School put forward new ideas for promoting and preserving intercultural and emblematic commerce in response to two challenges posed by Barcelona City Council’s Department of Commerce. Brand-identity creation and redesign, experiences with customers and activities in shops. The European project “Decoding European Creative Skills” has enabled…

“We Want to Show Talent, Not Muscle.” Behind 4YFN, the Hottest Startup Event in Barcelona

4 Years From Now (4YFN), the leading startup platform in the entrepreneurship and digital innovation field is returning to Barcelona with its fifth edition between 26-28 February 2018. The event taking place within the framework of the GSMA Mobile World Congress will gather local and international entrepreneurs, startups and professionals working at large corporations in order…

Shops brighten up their window displays for Christmas

Quan 02/01/2018 Nearly 60 shops and businesses in nine of the city’s neighbourhoods are taking part in this year’s Christmas window display competition, showing off their creativity and originality. This year, shopkeepers in the Bon Pastor, Baró de Viver, Trinitat Vella, Torre Baró, Ciutat Meridiana, Besòs-Maresme, La Marina, Roquetes and Trinitat Nova neighbourhoods were invited…

Quan 17/01/2018 The Cottet family’s business involvement and their contribution to Barcelona’s commercial development since they opened their first shop in 1902 has earned them the “Albert Gonzàlez” Award at the latest Barcelona Commerce Awards. We analyse the challenges, advantages and disadvantages facing the retail trade against a backdrop of digitisation and e-commerce. Digitising commerce…

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