Small Business in Spain

The legal regulations for B&B’s and Holiday Homes in Spain

29/11/2015
The legal regulations for B&B’s and Holiday Homes in Spain

While many people who visit Spain would love to stay, it can be difficult to find employment, like they would in their country of origin, as a result of language difficulties and a stagnant local jobs market. As a result, many take the opportunity to set-up a business, often for the first time, and taking […]

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Simplified license application process for new businesses to be Extended

29/10/2013
Simplified license application process for new businesses to be Extended

The new application process for licensed business activities in Spain, often referred to as the ‘express license’ process – which removes the requirement to apply for a license for specific types of establishment before commencing trading – is to be extended to new businesses with larger  premises. The measure was introduced in 2012, initially for […]

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Pregnant employee’s dismissal not unfair as happened during trial period

23/10/2013
Pregnant employee’s dismissal not unfair as happened during trial period

The Supreme Court has taken the opportunity of hearing a case involving the dismissal of a pregnant woman from her place of work to consider the boundaries of the employment protection laws in Spain, in particular Article 55.5.b of the Ley de Estatuto de los Trabajadores (Law  39/1999) which is the principal legislation in this […]

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Registering Your Business in Spain via Spanish Consulates

17/10/2013
Registering Your Business in Spain via Spanish Consulates

The Spanish government has announced a pilot programme to permit non-residents who wish to set-up a business in Spain to carry-out the registration of the business, and obtain a fiscal number (NIF – Número Identidad Fiscal) via the Spanish consulate in their home country. The pilot will start with eight consulates, located in Amsterdam, Brussels, […]

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Company permitted to monitor employee’s email account – Constitutional Court

10/10/2013
Company permitted to monitor employee’s email account – Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court in Madrid has ruled that the monitoring of an employee’s email account by the employer company did not infringe the employee’s constitutional right to privacy nor the right under the Spanish Constitution not to have private communications intercepted, particularly those communications made by telephone, telegraph, or post, in the absence of a […]

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Dismissal of Employee for smoking at work upheld by Supreme Court

06/09/2013
Dismissal of Employee for smoking at work upheld by Supreme Court

In a sign of the times, the Tribunal Superior de Justicia in Murcia has considered lawful the sacking of a worker for smoking a cigarette in the male changing rooms at his workplace. The Court, reversing the decision of the lower court, categorised the actions of the employee as a ‘very serious offence’ within the […]

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Are you a young entrepreneur? How to benefit from new tax incentives

22/07/2013
Are you a young entrepreneur? How to benefit from new tax incentives

Fiscal benefits are available for businesses hiring young people as well as any young person considering self-employment under new measures announced earlier this year by the government. A total of one hundred measures were announced with the aim of tackling the persistent and growing problem of youth unemployment which risks substantially increasing the structural level […]

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Self-employed given option of Limited Liability to avoid losing homes due to business debts

08/07/2013
Self-employed given option of Limited Liability to avoid losing homes due to business debts

As part of the continuing efforts of the Spanish government to promote self-employment and business creation, the new legislation in support of business owners has been passed by the Cabinet and sent for approval by Parliament. The new legislation is known as the ‘Ley de Apoyo de Emprendedores’ and among the proposals is a measure […]

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30 Day Time Limit Introduced For Payment of Commercial Invoices

24/06/2013
30 Day Time Limit Introduced For Payment of Commercial Invoices

Real Decreto 4/2013, introduced in February 2013 has introduced  measures to support business and to stimulate  employment at a time of national and international economic stagnation. While a number of areas have been targeted such as lowering the costs of social security contributions for young people who opt for self-employment and introducing incentives for companies […]

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Redundancy Payments for Unfair Dismissal Reduced in Labour Reform

23/02/2012
Redundancy Payments for Unfair Dismissal Reduced in Labour Reform

The new government in Spain has begun to act on it’s promises to overhaul Spain’s labour laws with the announcement of a new package of measures which include the reduction of redundancy payments from 45 days to 33 days per year worked for new workers. The aim is to make the Spanish work force more […]

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Are you an autonomo working from Home?

27/08/2011
Are you an autonomo working from Home?

  Either through choice or by necessity a large percentage of the self-employed or ‘autonomos’ in Spain choose to work from home. That being the case, it is of course important to be aware of those expenses that can be claimed and used to reduce profits and therefore income tax. It is also important to […]

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€20m loan boost for young self-employed in Spain

06/05/2011
€20m loan boost for young self-employed in Spain

  A cabinet meeting of the Spanish government last week approved funding amounting to €20 million for the promotion of small and medium sized businesses that are primarily run by those under 35 years of age. The fund, which will be managed by the Ministry of Industry is intended to promote business, and thereby employment, […]

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Self-Employed in Spain Flocking to Unemployment Protection

06/05/2011
Self-Employed in Spain Flocking to Unemployment Protection

PQES6PTNF22Y More than 630,000 self-employed people in Spain have taken advantage of the offer  to pay additional social security payments in order to qualify for welfare payments should they cease trading. The numbers have been steadily growing since the introduction of the legislation that permits self-employed to obtain monthly payments, in return for paying higher […]

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265,000 work inspections planned during anti-black market campaign

27/04/2011
265,000 work inspections planned during anti-black market campaign

  The effects of the economic crisis continue to be felt and with as much as 25% of the Spanish economy believed to be outside the purview of the state and an estimated 400,000 illegal workers, the government is planning to get tough with a series of measures designed to impact on the black market. […]

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