Message from Aoife Healy, Chair of the IPBN Board of Directors:
"The Board of the Ireland Portugal Business Network (IPBN) is really pleased to have secured funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland under the Emigrant Support Programme for 2020 /21. This funding enables us to fulfil an ambitious plan to expand the scope of activities and reach of the network in both Portugal and Ireland.
The award of the funding is a reflection of the value the IPBN brings to companies and individuals in both Ireland and Portugal as they look to expand their business opportunities. In these challenging times, our network, which enables members to find new contacts and resources, is invaluable.
We look forward to building on the success of the last 12 months, even unexpectedly, the success of moving all our events online during lockdown. We hope to be able to host events in person over the autumn and winter but that will depend on the advice given by the Health Authorities. In any case, we know now that we can be effective in whatever format we operate so lots to look forward to.
I thank Ambassador Ralph Victory and Tom Redmond in the Irish Embassy for their continued support along with that of Enterprise Ireland and aicep Portugal Global and thanks to all our members whose participation makes the network the success it is."
In conjunction with the IPBN conference's official partners Enterprise Ireland, Heritage Hotels, KRA Renewables, and Konceptness, the IPBN is thrilled to offer both its members and non-members the chance to take an in-depth look at some of the initiatives, innovations, and investments guided by last year’s COP26 event in Glasgow.
The IPBN’s second quarter was busier than usual, with the key focus on expanding the network to Porto, beyond what the pandemic has previously made possible, and to revisit our origins in Dublin with conferences and members-meet-members events respectively and much, much more.