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The Challenge of the Entrepreneur: Where to Find Relevant Information!

While completing my internship as a business administration student at SmartWorkPlaza I am writing my thesis about setting up businesses in Spain. As I was gathering information about the subject I experienced first-hand how difficult it could be to find relevant and up to date information. Clear instructions on what it takes to set up a business in Spain, what [...]


We are SmartWorkPlaza’s two and only interns from Finland, Essi and Charlotta. Essi is studying business administration in Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and Charlotta is studying tourism and event management in Haaga-Helia Porvoo campus. Because of the cooperation between EU countries and with the help of the Erasmus+ programme it’s easy to do your internship in Spain as a [...]

Continuous Learning Is a Lifelong, Interactive Process

Blog by Jatta Kupias Continuous learning does not mean getting more university grades, but finding something new from the life around you. My parents who were born far before the Second World War could not go to school for many years, the had to go working. However, they learnt a lot of things and became masters in their work. For [...]

Happy in Spain

Blog by Jatta Kupias, August 23rd, 2019   After 18 months in Spain I am still a stranger but not as confused as I used to be THERE ARE thousands of foreigners at Costa del Sol but, above all, the Fuengirola region is home for tens of thousands of Spanish. I think that is good to bear in mind when [...]

Giving Feedback Is a Skill that Can Be Practiced

A blog by Jatta Kupias It is very important to give and get feedback. It is also very nice to give and get it in case the assessment is positive. That is how we felt at SmartWorkPlaza when we went through the evaluations of our performance during the last months by our members. The words used in the answers of [...]

The Best Ideas Are Born in a Diverse Environment

Blog by Jatta Kupias Finland has got a new government, and one of its main tasks will again be, how to create more jobs: how to ensure that there will be enough work force to take care of the growing number of non-working people.  Today’s low birth rates, combined with the increasing life expectancy are not helping the situation. This [...]

To Have a Nice Place to Work In

Pauliina Manso ja Outi Hannuksela, both living on Costa Del Sol, have known each other for more than 20 years. Six months ago, the two women combined their know-how and experience, and now a joint Co-Working business is creating opportunities and new innovations for an international working community. SMARTWORKPLAZA is a natural mile stone on a long trip: two determined [...]

Co-Working Space is not the same as Open Space

I have earlier worked in an office hotel and expected something similar when I joined a Co-Working Space in Fuengirola. Very soon, I noticed that I had come to a new world. Literally speaking, co-working simply means that people work together. Nothing new or special. However, if you think co-working as a concept, it seems to be much more. Not [...]

City of Fuengirola Encourages SMEs to Network

In Fuengirola small and medium size enterprises form 95 % of all companies. The tendency seems to continue as last year over 1100 new SMEs started their work in the city. -Fuengirola seems to be very popular among the entrepreneurs as every day – in average – three enterprises were established last year in the city, says Mr. Ricardo Von [...]

From an Idea to Establishment – How to Boost Your Business in Spain

Mr. Oscar Ramirez, who has a long experience in building ecosystems between businesses, gave an awesome presentation about business opportunities in Spain in SmartWorkPlaza last week. WE WERE a nice group of –mostly Finnish – people and Oscar gave what folks were expecting, and much more.   On the top of being Spanish and knowing the local market, Oscar knows [...]