June 24 marked the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Ireland Portugal Business Network and what a journey it has been! We have been inspired by leaders such as Ryanair's Michael O'Leary, Carlos Moedas, Pat McCann, Daniel Traça, Professor Brian Norton, and Paschal Donohoe amongst many, many others.
We have been supported every step of the way by the Embassy of Ireland, particularly former Ambassador Orla Tunney, and current Ambassador Ralph Victory, and Tom Redmond. The support of the State Agencies such as Enterprise Ireland by Alberto C. and Raul Marigorta and in Dublin by Susana Cardoso of Turismo de Portugal and Luís Reis of AICEP Portugal Global is incredible.
But away from the big headline acts, we continue to make connections every day between Irish and Portuguese people and businesses. At its heart, the network is about helping its members to make meaningful connections and to make doing business across the countries easier. We have supported our members with information, opportunities to showcase what they do, and participation in events that advance their business opportunities.
This is a huge team effort. On the occasion of our fifth birthday, I want to acknowledge and thank all of our board members, past and present for their generous and ongoing contribution of time and expertise to making the network "work". I thank Arnold Delville for wholeheartedly embracing the Irish in him he never knew he had and doing all of the groundwork on behalf of our members. I thank Ellis Dixon for revolutionizing our communications to and for our members.
Most of all, I thank our members whose enthusiastic participation and willingness to contribute are ensuring the relevance, growth, and success of the IPBN into the future.
I look forward to seeing you all at some event soon! - Aoife Healy
The IPBN is constantly working behind the scenes for our members to set up one-on-one meetings and introduce interesting leads that we feel might be interesting to member companies because we strive to be a touchpoint for recruitment needs, to offer assistance in opening new cross-border offices, and to make the right introductions at the right time.
The IPBN’s third-annual Business Success Award ceremony took place on Thursday, January 27 at the Irish Embassy in Lisbon and was well attended by IPBN members, guests, and representatives from the 14 nominated companies. You can find pictures of the event
Following our annual St. Patrick’s Day Sustainability conference, the IPBN was led on an exclusive tour of the Hub Criativo do Beato in Lisbon and Ombria resort grounds in the Algarve to do a deep dive into what these projects are offering toward a greener future and what steps they have taken to ensure sustainability stays a number-one priority.