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WHY ESTABLISH YOUR BUSINESS IN THE REGION OF CÁDIZ?

Cádiz stands as a geographically strategic and economically significant enclave of the first order.

It boasts Spain’s most important port, a leader in cargo container traffic in the EU. It is also an industrial and logistics center, and a gateway to the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa.

The region has a diverse economic ecosystem, which has made it an important investment destination for multinationals, especially from the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

What makes Cádiz unique as an investment destination?

The region of Cádiz has established itself as an especially attractive investment destination in recent years, growing faster than the national and regional averages. Numerous companies are already benefiting from incentives and coordination at various levels of government to help them invest in Cádiz.

Exceptional location

Cádiz is characterized by the confluence of the north with the south, the east with the west, the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a gateway to the EU and to the Americas. It is a strategic nexus that generates important global trade and business opportunities.

Strategic support for investors

Cádiz offers personalized and centralized assistance for investors. This includes support from the public and private sectors, along with a variety of specific programs designed to encourage foreign investment. The region also offers programs, aid and subsidies that facilitate and promote business development.

The place to be

Cádiz has a network of interconnected cities and towns, each with its own personality, yet easy to move between. The sunny and stable climate enhances residents’quality of life. Cádiz also offers access to first-class services in fields such as health, education, cuisine, sports, culture, leisure and entertainment, which makes it a favorable destination for both investment and daily living.

Developed industrial sector

Cádiz has a highly developed industrial sector with significant growth potential, especially in key international industries: naval, aeronautics, energy (both a developed petrochemical sector and a prominent and growing role in renewable energies) and the blue economy, among others. The region has the human talent, know-how and and economic infrastructure to be the perfect location for developing industrial and technological projects.

Incentives to invest in the region

A diverse set of incentives help companies that choose to invest in the region. All government agencies and business organizationscoordinate to make the region  attractive, position it as a profitable investment destination and recruit new companies.

The incentives offered allow interested organizations to benefit from an aid package designed to support business initiatives:

Tax Advantages

Tax advantages for establishing new companies and for increasing and retaining employees in the region.

Subsidies

Subsidies for industrial research, experimental development and innovation through support programs for business research, development and innovation.

Spurring Digital Transformation and Long-Term Sustainability

Programs specifically aimed at helping to update processes and improve the resilience of the economic ecosystem.

Talent Training

Aid for development of innovation and applied research projects and the transfer of knowledge in the field of vocational training.

Export Promotion & Assistance

Specialized programs help companies position themselves in the international market and boost their economic activity.

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TALENT

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Cádiz presents important opportunities from the point of view of talent, with a population of more than 1 million people, where around 70% are of working age. It is important to highlight the role of the University of Cádiz as the educational and research axis on which the formation of the province revolves. Cádiz is among the best provinces in Andalusia in terms of percentage of people with higher education (33.05%).

Likewise, the province maintains a permanent demand for specialists in the area’s key industries that generate important opportunities for qualified workers. For example, the naval sector already employs more than 11,000 people directly and indirectly.

There is a determined commitment from all institutions to the training and specialization of talent through the implementation of training and specialization courses that allow the capabilities of talent to be adapted to the reality and needs of the labor market.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The region of Cádiz is connected to the world through rail routes, ports, airports and first-class highways.

Air interconnection with Spain and Europe

Jerez International Airport (XRY)is only one hour from Madrid and 1 hour and 30 minutes from Barcelona. It also offers community flights to England, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Ireland. In 2022 it was used by more than one million passengers.

Meeting points

The Cádiz Conference Center and the Cádiz Trade Fair Institution (IFECA Jerez) are specialized venues for national and international trade fairs and congresses. The area has the necessary hotel infrastructure to host major global events, such as the Motorcycle World Championship in Jerez or the Sail GP in Cádiz.

Railway connections

Through the Cádiz-Algeciras and Madrid-Sevilla-Cádiz lines, the latter being a high-speed line. Various improvements to the railway network are planned, including the arrival of the freight train at the Cabezuela dock in 2024.

Maritime connections with Europe, Africa and the Americas through its ports

The Bay of Cádiz has an important port specialized in commercial and cruise traffic. The port of Algeciras, one of the main container traffic ports in Europe, stands out especially, with a strategic location in the Strait of Gibraltar, which makes it an important communication route with Africa. Between them they moved a total of 113 M tons of goods in 2022 and received 395 000 passengers on 315 cruise ships.

Road network

The region has free highways that connect the Bay of Cádiz with the Bay of Algeciras and both with the regions of Seville and Malaga.

Other infrastructures

Cádiz offers an extensive health network, with 139 medical centers, as well as four university campuses, nine international schools, more than 600 sports centers, more than 7,000 bars and restaurants, six natural parks of note and a wide network of facilities dedicated to culture, with 96 specialized centers.

Cádiz Free Trade Zone

The Cádiz Free Trade Zone is immersed in the expansion and consolidation of the Fiscal Precinct throughout the region, quadrupling its land from the 330,000 m2 of its traditional Fiscal Precinct to more than 1,300,000 m2. Currently, the major expansion project is concentrated in the area of Cádiz capital and in El Fresno, in Los Barrios, as first steps. In these new precincts, companies will be able to benefit from customs and tax advantages, which will allow them to add value to their products and goods, saving production costs and, therefore, increasing competitiveness.

TECHNOLOGY CENTERS

In recent years, the region has supported development of technology centers in order to foster the transfer of knowledge into the commercial sector.

The Cádiz region’s main technological centers include:

Cádiz Center for Technological Innovation and Advanced Aeronautical and Naval Manufacturing (CFA – Puerto Real) – In the process of opening

Jerez Wine Technology Center (Jerez, in the PTA) – In the process of opening.

Campo de Gibraltar Industrial Center

Spain’s second-largest industrial center, bringingtogether 15 large national and international companies such as Repsol, Acerinox, Air Liquid, Cepsa, Endesa, Viesgo, Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras and Exolum, among others

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LIVING IN THE REGION OF CÁDIZ

The accredited quality of life in the region of Cádiz is an additional relevant factor that influences the development and success of a business project.

CONNECTION

A distance of 14 kilometers from the African continent. It is the southernmost region of the Iberian Peninsula and the capital, the oldest city in the West, with more than 3,000 years of archaeologically proven existence.

COAST

285 kilometers of coastline, with municipalities on the shores of the Atlantic and Mediterranean Seas.

SUN

A sunny climate (300 days of sunshine per year)

BEACH

130 kilometers of beach.

NATURE

The region is the territory with the most protected areas in Andalusia, a total of six Natural Parks (Los Alcornocales, Grazalema, Pinar de la Breña, Marismas de Barbate, El Estrecho and Bahía de Cádiz) and is bordered by the Doñana National Park.

CULTURE

A vibrant cultural environment throughout the year, with major music festivals, international theater festivals, film, TV series and a strong local culture.

HOUSING

The cost of housing is considerably lower than in other Spanish and European cities.

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