- Posted by Jonny hough
- On March 18, 2015
BritishSpanish Society Chairman, the author and journalist Jimmy Burns Marañón was the main speaker at an inaugural joint dinner held on Monday 16th March organised by the BSS-Society and The British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, a long established institution, which promotes links between British an Spanish companies.
The fund-raising and networking dinner was held in El Gran Cafe, one of Barcelona’s longest established and most popular modernist restaurants in the heart of the city’s Gothic quarter. The unique setting guaranteed an enthusiastic turn-out and a convivial evening which was much enjoyed by all attending. The event drew a full house of guests- members and local supporters of the Society, some who had travelled from London for the event, and members of the Chamber, including leading British and Spanish executives from London, Barcelona, and Madrid. Among the VIP’s were representatives of the British Consulate in Barcelona, FC Barcelona and the Catalan regional government, among them the sister of fooball coach Pep Guardiola.
Guests enjoyed a raditional welcome with glass of traditional Cava followed by a delicious menu of Catalan cuisine .
Our chairman spoke enthusiastically about the Society’s membership growth and improved organisation and referred to the upcoming Centenary in 2016 which he said would be an opportunity to celebrate achievements and build a solid foundation for the future.The event marked growing cooperation between the BSS-Society and the Chamber as the Society increases its presence in Spain, as well as the UK. Both organisations are planning a follow-up with a joint event in Madrid next year.
Burns spoke as the author of a critical history of FC Barcelona. He shared the extensive knowledge about the football world he had acquired as a long serving FT journalist and author, whilst simultaneously providing a critique on the topic of what he described as Spain’s most politicised club. His talk was followed by a lively discussion with several guests agreeing that Spanish football generally faced not only competitive challenges but also reputational ones, with several clubs , includng FC Barcelona, facing allegations of irregular payments on transfer deals, bribes, and tax avoidance.
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