When you’re setting up a business in Malaga things are so much easier if you can count on professional advice and help. The good news is that the city has a wide network of associations, many of which offer free support. This guide to business organisations in Malaga lists the main ones and what they provide. Note that most websites are available in Spanish only.
Official business associations in Malaga
The local, provincial and regional authorities have several organisations dedicated to helping local businesses and promoting investment in Malaga. They include:
The Instituto Municipal para la Formación y el Empleo has a dedicated section for companies. It also offers advice on setting up a company in Malaga, becoming self-employed and finding a job. Information is available on grants and subsidies. Imfe also runs regular free networking events in the city.
City-run, this organisation helps new businesses and entrepreneurs set up in Malaga. Promálaga also runs 12 centres with ‘incubators’, office space and facilities available to new businesses in their starting stages.
Malaga Investment Attraction Centre
An initiative run by the city council and local businesses to attract new investment and assist with setting up. The organisation particularly emphasises opportunities in I & D and technology. Website in English and Spanish.
Malaga Chamber of Commerce
Another city-run association providing advice and support for businesses in the city. The Cámara de Comercio also has a list of employment opportunities in Malaga.
An organisation run by the Junta de Andalucia regional government offering free advice and support to new businesses in Malaga and entrepreneurs. CADE also runs free courses on aspects such as creating a business plan and use of new technology. They’re a good source of information on the grants and subsidies available and how to apply for them. They have 2 offices in Malaga and numerous throughout the province. See where your nearest one is on this map.
City business associations
Several Malaga business associations offer help and advice as well as networking opportunities. To access these, you need to belong to the organisation and pay a fee.
Malaga Young Entrepreneurs
An association created to facilitate and encourage new businesses in Malaga. AJE provides networking opportunities and support.
Malaga Entrepreneurs Club
A nationwide association with representation in Malaga offering help and advice to new businesses. The website provides plenty of useful information and contacts.
Women’s business organisation in Malaga offering help and advice to any woman setting up a business or in business in the city. They organise regular networking events.
Networking in Malaga
Many of organisations listed above hold networking events in Malaga, giving you the opportunity to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and find new business. Other organisations include:
Meetups – this online platform lists networking events in Malaga. https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/Networking-Malaga/
Costa Women – the Spain-wide association has women-only groups in Malaga and along the Costa del Sol. Several organise regular networking events including Malaga city (Joanna from Guide to Malaga is a co-host). Membership is free, but you have to sign up to be a member. Website in English.