USEFUL LINKS AND CONTACTS IN THE ADMINISTRATION
THE VENTANILLA ÚNICA
When you apply to become self employed in Gran Canaria (Autónomo) you need to register with the Social Security, Spanish Tax Authorities and the Canary Islands Tax Office.
Fortunately, there is a one-stop shop for all of this at the Ventanilla Única Empresarial office at C/. León y Castillo, 24, in Las Palmas city.
This is also a good place to go if you have any questions about the official steps you need to take to set up in business in Gran Canaria.
The Corporation for the Economic Development of Gran Canaria (SPEGC) provides financial and consulting support to entrepreneurs and investors based in Gran Canaria.
Its website includes useful resources about looking for funding and investment in Gran Canaria.
G.C CONVENTION BUREAU
The Gran Canaria Convention Bureau offer a multiple of services for those wishing to organise a conference, congress, convention, or corporate event in Gran Canaria. You can find more information about the services they offer on their website;
EXPAT FRIENDLY BANKS
Gran Canaria’s banks cater to the local market and very few employees speak anything other than Spanish.
That said, if you just want a standard bank account with an ATM card, most work well and all the major names are connected to the international banking system.
Since branch queues are often long, choose a bank that offers a good online service so that you can get as much done as possible yourself.
Online bank ING Direct is a good option and has a branch on Mesay Lopez street in central Las Palmas.
Spanish bank BBVA has an English-language website, an excellent app and plenty of branches. It’s worth choosing a Gran Canaria bank with plenty of cash machines as withdrawal fees add up fast (most Spanish banks charge each other for ATM use).
Options with plenty of cash machines include Santander, BBVA, and Bankia. Note that international banks such as Santander, ING and Deutsche Bank operate as separate entities in Spain so you won’t be able to connect you local banking to your home account.