Spanish Dress Code

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

Spain has had a rollercoaster ride over the past twenty years from an economic perspective. The country went through a classic boom and bust scenario. The Spanish population felt the highs and lows of a rapid growth in living standards only to be then battered by a massive downturn leading to wage stagnation and record levels of unemployment – especially amongst the younger generation.

Things seem to be picking up however and the hope is that Spain has weathered the economic storm and is poised for a period of solid, manageable GDP growth which can help to drive the country into a more prosperous and sustainable future. Some painful lessons have been learnt the hard way and future economic consolidation will be built on stronger foundations going forward.
If you are thinking of doing business in Spain, the economic signals are positive and now is probably a good time to approach the market. The country has a highly educated workforce and a strong middle-class consumer base. As a key member of the European Union, Spain has well established trading links throughout Europe. Add this to its position as ‘the gateway to South America’ and its geographic proximity to North Africa and Spain starts to look like a highly attractive market.

However, if you are thinking of doing business with Spain it is extremely important that you do some homework before diving into any initial relationship-building activities. What are the key motivators of potential partners or clients in Spain? How are decisions arrived at and what is the best approach in terms of communication? Studying Spanish business culture will help you make the right impressions from the outset.

This country profile provides an overview of some of the key aspects of Spanish business culture in a concise, easy to follow-format. The document includes information on:

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