For the second year in a row, Barcelona was selected European city with the Best Promoting and Foreign Direct Investment Strategy at the fDi Strategy Awards recent edition, awarded by the fDi Magazine, from the Financial Times group. Barcelona has surpassed cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin or Dublin on this award and positions itself in the first place among 146 cities and regions participating.
fDI’s European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/2019 report is based on data and the evolution during 2017. According to this report, the Catalan capital stands out for its strategy relaunching the brand, its transparency policy so as to instil a positive atmosphere for business, its technological industry, and its entrepreneurial fabric and start-ups.
The publication also highlights Barcelona’s role as urban lab for entrepreneurial initiatives, services and terms for R+D investors. It mentions as well, as a value of a ‘city of social progress’, that the city encourages businesses which include gender diversity in their HH. RR. policies, and offers special conditions for companies which favour the recruitment of young people unemployed and applicants over 45.