What is SmartWorkPlaza?
In Spring 2018 the idea of SmartWorkPlaza – an international and inspiring business & co-working space, enabling sharing of know-how and experience – was only a dream in the heads of SWP founders Pauliina Manso and Outi Hannuksela, and a vague plan on a piece of paper. By then, the two women had a joint experience of 40 years about business in Spain; they both had gathered lots of know-how and expertise from different fields in local and international companies. But something was missing.
– A work place where we can go every morning with enthusiasm, positivity and high expectations of a nice day; we wanted a job with an international touch and with specialists of different fields, they say.
– We also had a strong desire to learn new things, share things we know, thus supporting others, and also be within the success stories in Spain. And last but not least, not forgetting about great networks and well-being, we thought that all this has to be under one roof.
The lessons learnt in Finland about Business Center and Co-Working concept were tuned to work under the Spanish sun. The valuable decades long know-how was added in the new concept and SmartWorkPlaza was born.
Our name says it all. The founders wanted a smart place to work, where you can work effectively and comfortably with others at a place where people want to meet, spend time with each other and share knowledge.
Welcome to SmartWorkPlaza!
Our vision, mission & values
SmartWorkPlaza is a flexible and inspiring community of companies and people, offering support to its members with solution oriented and efficient approach and focus on well being at work based on joint efforts.
Our goal is to support our members’ business and help them to network.
We concentrate on helping them to create new opportunities and contacts in terms of increasing the sales.
Courage – we do things in a new, different way.
Efficiency – we focus on the results.
Transparency – we are honest and open.
Who are we?
Pauliina Manso – Co-Founder
Pauliina Manso has worked in Spain in different Spanish and Finnish companies. She has over 20 years’ experience in establishing and managing companies and building brands in Spain. Pauliina has wide networks in Fuengirola, Malaga and Helsinki which she combines to produce new types of expertise.
Outi Hannuksela – Co-Founder
Outi Hannuksela is a media entrepreneur and a content provider who loves big challenges and gets excited in front of new things. Outi lives in both Finland and Spain and knows well the business culture in both countries which enables her easy surfing between different environments, creating new connections.
Jori Palenius – Partner
Is a wellness professional and an investor from Finland. As a member of the SWP-team Jori develops welfare solutions and creates new possibilities for new business models. His passion is to help people find their own paths to achieving personal wellness, while guiding and supporting them along the way.
Timo Sydänmaanlakka – Partner
Timo has over 20 years of experience in business sales ja entrepreneurship. As a member of the SWP-team, he functions as a link between Finland and Spain. He develops business sales and focuses on organizing golf and padel events.
Our Business Partners
Doña Ana Maria Mula Redruello, Mayor, Fuengirola
“We are very satisfied to have an international and innovative place to work and to connect different companies such as SmartWorkPlaza Business & Co-working Center here in our city. The Fuengirola City Council has a collaboration agreement with SmartWorkPlaza to develop the local business world internationally in Fuengirola.”
Susanna Salo, Chairman, the institution of Finnish school in Costa Del Sol
“The Finnish school uses the services of SmartWorkPlaza, both spaces and consulting services. The meeting rooms are very practical for us. The collaboration with SmartWorkPlaza has been great.”
Óscar Ramírez Muñoz, Startup Commons
“Startup Commons and SmartWorkPlaza have joined forces to help local SMEs and growing businesses to become more competitive. We support them in building bridges with other international ecosystems through digital magic.”
Antti Pekkarinen, Chief Editor, Fuengirola.fi – newspaper, director of Centro Finlandia and Kukko restaurant
“SmartWorkPlaza is a center with huge amount of know-how to develop your business in Spain with all the necessary connections for it. I recommend all the business services they have to offer. Pauliina and Outi has a long experience in business in Spain and connections for both the public and private sectors.”
Rocio Palomo, tax advisor/lawyer, CM Asesores
“CM Asesores and SWP collaborate efficiently so that companies have resolved all their accounting, tax and labor issues and can focus on their business. Professionalism and efficiency are fundamental values for foreign companies and with the help of CM Asesores and SWP, it is very easy to develop the business, looking for new ideas and innovative solutions.”
Suvi Espinosa, Matchers.fi
”SmartWorkPlaza came to the rescue as we were mapping out options for high quality training from Finland. Through them we were able to successfully complete staff training in sales, leadership and management courses as well as social media training tailored specifically for the business world. All these services were offered in their modern and comfortable spaces.”
Sami Kaarnola, CEO / Costa Interpretation Center Ltd.
“Costa Interpretation Center Ltd. in co-operation with Smart Work Plaza, provides interpreting and translation services to companies and individuals. We offer all types of translations in several language pairs, also sworn translations for official need. Whether it’s an interpreter or a translator you need, we are within easy reach and ready to help you.”