Barcelona has proved it is capable of embracing the latest technological revolution and has established itself as an engine for new economic activity linked to strategic sectors such as ICTs, biotechnology, sustainable mobility, aeronautics and the environment. The Barcelona Business works to promote synergies between private companies, public bodies and technology and science centres to optimise resources and excel in the city’s and metropolitan area’s economic development

Strategic sectors

ICT - digital economy

The ICT business sector in Catalonia is made up of over 15,000 enterprises, almost 2,800 of which are located in Barcelona.

Creative industries

These include powerful sectors with a long history behind them such as design, audiovisuals and the media, publishing, the performing arts and advertising.

Life sciences

The pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology sectors play a decisive role in Barcelona.

Green economy and sustainability

Barcelona is committed to energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and environmentally friendly economic activity.

Industry 4.0

The fourth “industrial revolution” is transforming traditional industry through the incorporation of new technologies.


Barcelona aims to strengthen its position as a sustainable tourist destination by applying responsible management and a cross-cutting strategy for the future.


The wholesale and local retail trade is one of the areas that carries the most weight in Barcelona’s economic structure.