The Dutch Business Club consists of Dutch entrepreneurs, professionals and managers. The variety of members and companies affiliated with the DBC makes it the ultimate place to build a network and exchange relevant information about doing business in Spain. On the first Tuesday of every month, the club meets for a business lunch, often featuring highly renowned speakers. In addition, we regularly organize networking drinks and other events, also in collaboration with other business clubs and organizations.
A rich history
The DBC has a long history. As early as the late 1940s, during the time of the Franco regime, representatives of major Dutch companies such as Philips, AKZO, Shell, Unilever, KLM and Hudig Langeveldt came together in Madrid for a monthly business lunch. During these meetings, valuable information was exchanged between fellow countrymen. In 1967 this tradition was formalized and the “Nederlandse Zakenlunch Club” was born.
Since Spain’s accession to the European Union in 1986, the country’s economic growth took off. The investment climate improved significantly, and bilateral trade with the Netherlands grew steadily as well. Hereby the Club’s membership increased. Over the years, the Club therefore organized its lunches at various locations.
During these lunches, (new) members usually gave a presentation, and interesting figures – from politics and business – were invited. Furthermore, CEOs of large Dutch companies stopped by when they were visiting Spain. From the Spanish side, leaders of political parties were invited as well. In 2011, the “Nederlandse Zakenclub” was officially renamed the “Dutch Business Club”. A website, a new logo and a permanent location for the monthly lunch were introduced.
Venues and interesting speakers
Since a few years, the regular venue for the monthly lunch has been The Hacienda Warehouse, with occasional trips to other venues for company visits and networking events. A series of prominent speakers have visited events, including Jan Peter Balkenende and Prince Constantijn. Successful speakers also included Yvonne Blake (Oscar and Goya winner, Presidenta de la Academia del Cine) and Ap Verheggen (inventor and artist). The largest attendance was for Juan Sanabria (CEO Philips Iberica).