Start Date: 11:00am, 14th June 2018
End Date: 1:00pm, 14th June 2018
Location: Hilton Vilamoura, Algarve,
The launch of the Ireland Portugal Business Network (IPBN) in the Algarve at the Hilton Vilamoura on June 14th centred around the theme “Ireland and Portugal - Opportunities to grow business!”. It involved presentations from Portuguese and Irish businesses in the region followed by a panel discussion.
Speakers included distinguished entrepreneurs Gerry Fagan from Decade Development Management (DDM), Francisco Mello do Rego, Commercial Director, BPI as well as Senior Partner and IPBN Board Director Geoffrey Graham from Edge International Lawyers.
The debate was moderated by Dearbháile Banahan, Senior Associate at PLMJ and based at the Firm’s office in the Algarve, since 2011.
The event was supported by the Embassy of Ireland in Portugal and was enhanced by the presence of Honorary Patron Ambassador Orla Tunney.
It was attended by business owners and managers as well as independent entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries such as technology, software engineer, real estate, tourism and property development and provided a wonderful environment to meet new contacts and expand business networks.
Tony Boyle, Chairman of the IPBN, started the event with a brief introduction about the network, its mission and objectives as well as it specific aim in the Algarve.
Ambassador Orla Tunney followed it with welcoming all the attendees and explaining the reasons why the Embassy supports the Business Network and its launch in the Algarve.
Geoffrey Graham, Senior partner at Edge, gave a very instructive legal overview and focus on development and investment programmes available and very popular here in Portugal like the Non-Habitual Resident Programme ("NHR") and company set up.
Francisco Mello do Rego, Commercial Director at BPI, presented BPI and its complete offer of financial products and services designed to respond to the specific needs of individuals, companies or Public Sector.
We concluded the event with our Guest speaker, Gerry Fagan from Decade Development Management, who gave an inspirational, personal and detailed insight into the world of entrepreneurship with its risks, pitfalls and frustration as well as its rewards and benefits, all based on its own experience in the Algarve.
The IPBN will be setting up a local committee in the Algarve to support networking activities with a common goal to stimulate Ireland – Portugal business and explore the appropriate sectors for common interest to develop linkages, partnerships and collaborations.
Finally, we encourage businesses in the Algarve and around the country with interest in Portugal and Ireland to join the network.
For more information on joining the IPBN and its local committee in the Algarve, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.ireland-portugal.com
The IPBN is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland under the ESP Grant programme.