In 1982 a small group of locally-based international businessmen recognised the need for an English-speaking information exchange within the fledgling Marbella business community. The Marbella Business Institute was inaugurated that same year and initially the group met for weekly evening meetings. As the MBI has grown, the format has changed and the meetings are now held at lunchtime on the last Friday of the month. It is now known as Marbella Business International.

One of the highlights of the luncheons is a talk given by an invited speaker on a variety of business-related subjects.

The MBI operates on an invitation-only basis and as such there are no members. Regular attendees may introduce other guests by nominating them to the committee. This does not however preclude people who believe they qualify from applying independently for an invitation.

Although primarily set up as an international business association there are now many local Spanish businessmen who find the luncheon meetings beneficial and are regular attendees. The MBI is open to retired and semi-retired business people of all nationalities.

The number of attendees is limited and invitees are expected to reply to invitations. Failure to attend regularly will result in deletion from the invitation list.


The top award at the annual CADE (Junta de Andalucia) prize-giving for 2011 went to the MBI.

The MBI, founded in 1982 and the oldest business association of its kind in Andalucia, possibly in the whole of Spain, won the first prize for a business organisation, beating such runners-up as the British Chamber of Commerce and others.