The City Council’s Department of Economic Promotion and Employment created the Business Services Office (OSE) in 2004, with the intention of improving business competitiveness.
The OSE offers information and advice about business start-ups and expansion, promoting innovation and modernisation of the local’s business structure.
The Business Services Office main objectives are:
Hence, it acts as an intermediary between businesses requirements and specific services offers.
This role is taken since business inception, from advising about a project’s viability to its development phase, bearing in mind that innovation is the main tool to be competitive.
Rubi is presently transforming thanks to an urban plan (POUM) that conceives a city in constant growth within an environment of business quality and more services.
This latter growth, together with its demographic and socio-economic characteristics, let considering Rubi as an ideal location for innovative business activities.
Rubi is located on the southern part of Valles Occidental county, 123 metres above sea level. Terrassa bounds it in the north, Sant Quirze del Valles in the east, Ullastrell and Castellbisbal in the west, and Sant Cugat del Valles in the south.
Occupies an area of 33 square kilometres, has a population density of 2,182.5 inhabitants per square kilometre and according to IDESCAT, in the last quarter of 2008 had a total population of 73,691 inhabitants.
Rubi is a city that despite being inside Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region (RMB) institutionally is not considered a member of Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area (AMB). It is located 23 kilometres distance from Barcelona and its airport (El Prat).
Population’s percentage by age groups:
Demographically, between 1998 and 2007 Rubi’s growth has had a higher proportional increase than the average growth of both Valles Occidental and Catalonia, as a result of the demographic evolution of the AMB and its residential real-estate competitive prices.
Some research studies reveal that Rubi’s growth follows a similar and parallel path in comparison to Catalonia’s one, showing an increment in number of children and young people, and a decrease of the elderly. This can be explained thanks to the arrival of a new wave of young working active people.
The following graph shows the former tendency. The period covered illustrates an increase of 3,327 more inhabitants, growing from 70,364 to 73,691 in total (4.7%). We can also see an absence of sudden increases in the last quarters.
Transport and Communications
Rubi is located close to one of the most important communication junctions in Catalonia’s territory. The network of public transport is included in the fixed and integral pricing agreed for Barcelona’s Metropolitan Region (RMB).
At present, the city has a crucial importance in the connection between the 36 municipalities belonging to Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area (AMB) and the cities part of the technological and metropolitan arc (i.e. Sabadell, Terrassa). By road, it is easily accessed through Highways AP-7, AP-2, C-16 and C-58, which are linked with a good network of local roads. Likewise, both Renfe and FFCC trains have their stops centrally located.
Finally, by public transport means, Rubi is 30 minutes away from Barcelona’s Placa Catalunya, 10 minutes away from Terrassa, 15 minutes away from Sabadell’s Rambla and 7 minutes away from Sant Cugat.