The way you look is important in Spain and this fact is borne out by the way in which people dress for work.

Styles of dress will vary from industry to industry with the more conservative professions of finance and the law favouring suits and ties and mainstream industry being somewhat less formal.
What is universally true, however, is that managers will invariably be very well-groomed wearing good quality, well-cut clothes.

The importance of appearance should not be taken underestimated – if you want to be respected look the part! This applies both in formal business settings and in more informal social situations.

As it can get very hot in the summer, do not arrive with heavy clothing in June – lightweight fabrics will make your visit much more comfortable.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Spain

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Spain. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Spain and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips