In the case of Atarfe we have two industrial zones involved in the project:
1. the BIZ of Atarfe, situated south-west of the town of Atarfe (pop 16,432);
2. the BIZ of Juncaril, situated at the south-east on the town Albolote (pop 17,892).
The characteristics of the BIZ are very similar and considering that the distance between them is only 4km, it was thought best to treat them as one BIZ in the following analysis.
The BIZ was created around 1970 with the promotion of the Ministry of Industry and the efforts of many entrepreneurs aiming to get estates adapted to the needs of their companies, giving an important boost to the economic development of Granada.
The BIZ has the characteristics of the majority of business and industrial zones in Spain, which is medium sized estates hosting mainly medium to small companies that undertake a variety of business activities. More specifically, the majority of the companies in the BIZ of Atarfe are SMEs with less than 50 employees, most of them have around 10-30 employees. The activities carried out by the companies are services, commercial and manufacturing.
Although there are business associations in the area representing the local companies, there is no specific management body responsible for the management of the BIZ of Atarfe. In particular, the responsibility of the two zones is divided between the City Council of Atarfe and the Association of Juncaril, formed by the municipalities of Albolote and Peligros. In addition there is the Delegation of Granada and the Metropolitan Transportation Consortium of the Area of Granada that currently operates the public transport service of the area through its company, Granada Electric Tram SA, whereas new construction, road maintenance and repair are the responsibility of the Delegation of Public Works of the Delegation of Granada.