The Spanish Chamber of Commerce has recently signed a collaboration agreement with the region of La Rioja and the city of Logroño following a commercial agenda organised by the Trade and Business Development Department of our institution.

Throughout the year the Trade and Business Development Department of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain organises and delivers several trade missions and commercial agendas to help Spanish companies introduce their products and services into the UK and vice versa. The last of such actions brought to London several representatives from La Rioja and Logroño for a two-day visit on 25th and 26th of November to promote the capital city and the region.

A delegation from both institutions came to London as a result of a joint project which focuses on improving the development of Logroño and La Rioja as a region by providing local business with new tools and initiatives for their promotion abroad as well as by attracting foreign investment to the area. The Trade Department of the Spanish Chamber has been an essential part of this mission as it has been in charge of contacting the different organisations and arranging the meetings for the dates the delegation of La Rioja and Logroño were in the capital.

On the first day of their visit the representatives of La Rioja and Logroño met with the President of the Chamber, Javier Fernández-Hidalgo, our Secretary General, Igor Urra, and our Head of Trade and Business Development, Rubén Fernández. During the meeting both parties signed a collaboration agreement that will help promote local businesses in London.


From left to right: Mr. José María Ruiz (President of La Rioja Chamber of Commerce),  (Logroño City Council), Ms. Concepción Gamarra (Mayor of Logroño) and Mr. Javier Fernández (President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain) signing the agreement.

Following on the original idea of the joint project, this first visit abroad has mainly focused in fostering business and commercial links to attract investment, paying special attention to encourage economic development in Logroño by assessing possible avenues of collaboration through UK-based institutions.

Between them, the delegation of La Rioja and Logroño met a group of local Chambers representing Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon and Berkshire. They also had a meeting with representatives of the Economic and Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy. On other hand, the delegation from La Rioja and Logroño also held meetings with two London-based universities to assess the possibility of organising activities in collaboration and carrying out academic exchanges for both students and professors.

It is not the first time that the Spanish Chamber has worked with other local Chambers in Spain to support collaboration agreements to facilitate business links with the UK market. In fact, the Spanish Chamber has previously worked with several Chambers of Commerce (León, Lleida, Girona, Sabadell, A Coruña, Vigo and more recently Alicante) as well as with the Confederations of Business Industries of the Province of Badajoz (COEBA), Albacete (FEDA), and the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Businesses of Alicante (CEPYME).

For companies, local Chambers and  Confederations interested in receiving more information about trade or commercial missions please do not hesitate to put yourself in contact with us on +44 (0) 207 0099 070 or by email at

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