The IPBN’s most recent Members Meet Members event was held online this past Thursday. The meet-up was slated to celebrate the diversity of the IPBN member businesses and it did just that. From accounting to yacht sales, there was a little bit for everyone as nine different presenters led the group through their recent projects, their capabilities, and their wish-lists for the future.
The meeting commenced with a presentation from Gabriel Naughton from the sustainability sector. His company, Air Synergy took the UN’s 17 sustainable goals from 2015 targeting education and climate change to heart, working tirelessly to develop renewable off-grid power solutions in the form of their hybrid wind and solar panel platform that can be monitored remotely. Their versatile products are currently being used to monitor traffic volume, to power messaging and lighting units on highways and airports, and even to monitor water levels and more.
Next up was Susanna Tocca of the wine tourism companies DOC DMC and Winelands Portugal whose work focuses on gastronomic and viticulture all over the country- from the Algarve to the far north. Both B2B and B2C options were outlined in her description, as the wine-infused experiences she is capable of creating are not limited solely to the average tastings and tours, but also to corporate events, VIP wine escapes, and tailor-made options with accommodations starting at 3-star all the way up to luxury 5-star options.
The health sector was represented by Filipe Infante of Health Market Research who explained how the data collected by his specialized consultancy services could be used to make well-informed decisions in the pharmaceutical market. Next, Nuno Alexandre from the Grupo HPA discussed the obvious stress the pandemic has brought to healthcare workers and facilities and explained how the HPA has been handling the strain in stride.
Two members presented their marketing, events, and public relations businesses, the first was Carolyn McKeown from Shebang Events and PR Management who outlined her work with the motorbike and car racing industry, charity events, fairs, and conferences. Her company offers affordable three, six, and twelve-month options, which has been a successful strategy for companies looking to invest in outreach for shorter time periods.
Emma Olohan from United Events presented her public relations and event project management services, stressing her interest in sustainable tourism and her appetite to work with emerging travel technology companies, and her work ranging from small showcases to VIP events over her 13-year career in the sector. She also mentioned that she is planning to move to the Algarve full-time from her current home in Dublin.
The next presenter was Steve Handy from Sunseeker yacht sales based in the Algarve’s Vilamoura Marina. His aim was to stress that boats aren’t all that Sunseeker sells, rather it’s the lifestyle that goes along with boat ownership. Sunseeker’s services extend to boat maintenance, shipping pre-owned boats to the marina, being a trusted guide through boat inspections, and a rental agency for those looking to live the luxury lifestyle for a day.
The tax accountant Isabel Duarte laid out her services in the financial sector by highlighting her years of experience in bookkeeping, audits, government work, mergers and acquisitions, grant work, and more, citing her cloud accounting as a particularly easy way for her clients to keep up to date with her work, and vice versa.
The IPBN is thrilled to have brought together such a variety of our members. We were honored to have had such a great turnout and look forward to our next Member Meet Member event in the upcoming weeks.
Panel one of the Agri Business Review will be moderated by IPBN member Brian Shanahan and will feature experts in the field including André Menitra Matos of Vila Vita Parc, Nuno Neto of the Navigator Company, John Paul Prior of Farmony, and Filipa Almeida of Herdade dos Grous.
The IPBN Algarve committee, in partnership with the University of Algarve (UAlg), the Algarve STP, and NEST Tourism Innovation Center Portugal, recently hosted the well-attended event, "Scaling-up for Tourism: Opportunities for Innovation in Tourism and the Challenges to Adapt to Transformation."