The Weekly Roundup May 16 - 20

Network News and More

This week on the roundup: trade shows, keynote speakers, video management trends, interesting rankings, celebrations, work anniversaries, award-winning hotels and businesses, international conferences, clean energy, progressive employers, cyber safety, and much more!

News from the IPBN:

The IPBN is delighted to partner with new Porto-based IPBN member StrongStep for their new StepTalks 2022 edition, which is taking place this year in Ireland at the Portuguese Embassy in Dublin on Thursday, June 9. For our members in Ireland and for our Portuguese members who might be in Dublin that week, You will find all the details with the program and guest speakers here where you can already register.

The 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) will take place in Lisbon from June 27 to July 1. In parallel with the UNOC, there will be special events at the Port of Leixões Cruise Terminal, in Matosinhos, in Cascais, and at the Estoril Congress Centre, in Cascais. From our partner aicep Portugal Global, you will find all the information and program here where you can already register.

You may remember that we introduced this conference at our own Blue Economy conference last September in Lisbon.

The second episode of our Podcast series is out: IPBN’s General Manager Arnold Delville sat down with IPBN member Carlos Justino, Director of Marketing for MadeinWeb & Mobile to discuss the Metaverse, what it means for SMEs, and how its growth and development will impact the future of business as a whole. If you are an IPBN member and have a subject you want to talk about and share with the network, please contact Arnold.

In job opening news, IPBN member Sthefanus Ribeiro is hiring!

We highly recommend checking out the IPBN JOB BOARD with new and exciting opportunities posted daily from within our network. 

And now...

Let’s start this weekly members round-up with some great news from IPBN partner Susana Cardoso, Tourism de Portugal in Ireland who has a smile on her face! She said, "I just got tourism to Portugal figures for Q1 2022. And guess what? Overnight stays in Portugal from Ireland exceeded by 3,7% those of pre-pandemic Q1 2019. How great is that? Ireland: we are absolutely delighted to welcome you back to Portugal."

IPBN member Upwords asked if anyone was unsure whether to dub or subtitle a corporate video?

IPBN member Carla Gomes said that Lisbon, Miami and Dubai Ranked Best Places to Work for High Earners.

IPBN member Philippe Brodeur posted that trends in video management technology are moving fast and support an increasingly digital-native economy: remote working, streaming wars, upsurge in video marketing. So, what does this mean for video creators?

IPBN member Lawler Consulting posted that Ireland has recently launched its Climate Action Plan which has legally committed to achieving a net-zero greenhouse gas emission target by no later than 2050 and an overall reduction of 51% by 2030. Learn how you can achieve this here.

IPBN member Zofia Howell from KRA Renewables announced a very exciting week ahead for the KRA Renewables team, who are heading to Rhodes to discuss energy transition strategies for European islands.

IPBN member Ciara Behan is delighted to be traveling to Zurich, Bern & Geneva with Bernie Carroll this week to complete their pre-departure meeting with Swiss students attending their program in September.

IPBN member C-More beyond Borders said that the days when the main question was "what can you do for your company?" are over. So many different factors are now taken into account and "what can the company do for you?" is at least as important as "what can you do for the company?". Take a look at the article by McKinsey & Company and see how companies are retaining their frontline talent.

IPBN member Bernadette Clancy asked exactly what getting back to normal is? Normal for who? This is a great read and will remind people that for some it was never "normal" to start with. Thanks to Mani Gilbert for sharing your thoughts.

IPBN member Michael Naylor says there was a Dublin Flood risk by 2100. Let's take this very seriously. We are warned; We cannot stand aside and watch.

IPBN member BRIDGE IN asked what would happen if Portugal improved its competitiveness for unicorns to headquarter their companies? According to Startup Portugal's Executive Director, public policies and a long-term vision are the answers to decreasing red tape and turning Portugal into a true Unicorn Factory.

IPBN member KRA Portugal says that out of 377 applicants, Lisbon has been selected for as part of the European Commission's 100 Climate-Neutral and smart cities scheme in which they commit to becoming climate neutral by 2030. The cities were chosen based on the strength of their plans and their enthusiasm to achieve the target.

And Finnbar Howell of KRA Renewables is presenting Clean Energy for the EU Islands in Rhodes, Greece.

IPBN member Aluline Group had a very enjoyable and productive time at UK Construction Week show and sent thanks to everyone who visited their stand!

IPBN member Derek Butler from Grid Finance was delighted that they completed a funding partnership with Fasanara Capital as reported by a number of media outlets this morning. He said, "We are excited to be able to continue to support small businesses as we have done before and through the pandemic."

IPBN member Abacus Financial Services leads as a progressive employer. From product evolution to cutting-edge technology, Abacus is leading the way in Gibraltar as a major innovator and investor in the future of its clients and its people.

IPBN member Ageas Portugal posted, "Together for a better future" - it was under this motto that was today formally inaugurated the Building Ageas Tagus.

IPBN member Otonomee is delighted to be ranked by Grow Remote as one of Ireland’s Top 5 Remote Work Employers along with household names such as Shopify, eBay, Teamwork and NearForm. At Otonomee, they believe that ‘Meaningful work happens where People find meaning’.

IPBN member BlueShiftsays that today (Friday), at 11:00, our CEO & Founder Francisco Nogueira de Sousa will participate in the debate "10 Years to Grow Entrepreneurship in Digital", organized by Portugal Ventures and with the presence of the Secretary of State for Tourism, Commerce and Services, Rita Marques. The event will take place at the Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Coimbra and will be broadcast on the Youtube channel of Portugal Ventures.

IPBN member Vilamoura World posted that last week, they were at SIL - Salão Imobiliário de Portugal presenting Vilamoura Parque, their latest residential development in the heart of Vilamoura.​

In IPBN member Aspira IT’s blog, Russell Moore shares his personal and professional experience of Change Management.

IPBN member Monsoon Consulting found that 65% of website visitors would refuse to fill a form if it asked for too much personal info. Have you also ever experienced the same?

IPBN member Xotigo had a very successful first day for Xotigo at German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) SME day 2022.

IPBN member Emma Olohan celebrated the Compliance Institute's 20th Anniversary. Support cyber safety, data protection, and ethical leadership. A night not to be missed: A spectacular evening to celebrate two decades of our work in the compliance community across Ireland and abroad. For all the details, please email

IPBN member Sharon Dehmel wants you to "Accelerate2Lead." Choose your fear when it comes to delegation.

IPBN member The Heritage Lisbon Hotels sees another year all their units distinguished by the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2022, with emphasis on the categories in the Top 25 in Portugal “Best of the Best”: In the category of Small Stays - As Janelas Verdes and Solar Do Castelo; In the Romance category – Heritage Avenida Liberdade and Hotel Britania; In the Top Hotels category - Hotel Britania and Heritage Avenida Liberdade.

IPBN member Goran Engberg says "It's time to re-think your business model." We see the following trends that will reshape your business landscape. Find out more here.

IPBN member Lazer telecom's AirFibre network keeps growing! Whether you want to connect your home or business, video-call with friends and family, and more, their AirFibre solution brings it directly to you!

IPBN member Saltwater Consulting says middle management is under huge pressure - especially at companies that are scaling fast. Here's why

IPBN member Aspire Technology sent congratulations to their colleagues on their work anniversary: Sean McElroy on 12 years, Brian McCormack on 10 years and Azam Khan, Syed Uzair Ali Shah and Joao Lobato on 4 years.

IPBN member Quinta dos Vales and The Winemaker Experience posted that the Algarve region received, on the 9th, a delegation of sommeliers and retailers from the North American market, in an initiative organized by ViniPortugal.


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