In order to provide support to local economic promotion authorities, the Agency is at work on a programme that will help strengthen these local services, allow them to exchange experiences and create a network of good practices, all in order to promote the consolidation of these business promotion initiatives. This programme is an effort to coordinate and support businesses and entrepreneurs.
As part of this project, new tools will be created, including an online search engine where businesses and entrepreneurs will be able to find data on these services and where they are offered. Thus, they will have more efficient access to all the information they need on local and supra-local institutions and on the private entities that work on these issues. The resulting platform will offer a map of the region that makes it easy to identify and locate the specific or specialised services available.
Founded upon the experience of Barcelona Activa in providing support and advice to businesses, and on the expertise of local city councils in this matter, a series of local business affairs offices will be opened throughout the region. A number of tools to support businesses will be designed, including catalogues of services procedures and methodologies, and the knowledge arising from this design process will be shared with the new business affairs offices. The plan is to begin with a pilot programme with the collaboration of two municipalities, later to be expanded to the rest of the municipalities in the Barcelona metropolitan area.
Meanwhile, a series of measures are being implemented to foster the revitalisation of business and to support initiatives in this sphere being taken by local governments. There will also be an assessment of the status of business in the region, and to this end tools will be created to gather and display data measuring the strength of local business and the impact of the measures being taken. Among these tools is a metropolitan business activity overview, a valuable resource that will provide access to a detailed data base on the various business sectors and their presence in local municipalities. Projects Service and service providers search engine for business and entrepreneurs Business support offices (OAE) Promoting local commercial services