The Weekly Roundup October 30 - November 3

News from our Members

This week on the roundup: new members, invitations, opportunities, news, domicile status, the budget, quality and safety, company outings, awards, webinars, partnerships, renewable energy, country living, launches, events, funding, parties, subscriptions, words of welcome, squaring up, and more!

But first...

Welcome to our new members who joined the network this week: Brendan O'Brien, Crowley Millar Solicitors LLP, ArcAirTech, Thomas Prete, Engel Volkers Quinta do Lago, and our new Executive Partner Vellozo Ferreira e Associados! We are so glad to have you with us!

There are 16 new members who joined since September! We thank them all for joining and likewise send a huge thank you to our existing members who have kept renewing their memberships. We are now over 200 active members! You can check all of them in our Members Directory.


Thanks to an invitation from Hélia Gonçalves Pereira, Reitora of the Universidade Europeia in Lisbon, Arnold Delville, General Manager of the IPBN, had the immense privilege this week as the official representative of the Ireland Portugal Business Network to take part in the institutional visit evaluating the European University. This evaluation takes place about every 5 years. Arnold was able to transmit to the committee the excellent relationship and experience the IPBN has with the UE in building bridges between the academic and the business worlds. We are delighted to have been in partnership with the university for almost one year now!

Lastly, a question from LaGrange Group: They have opened a company in Portugal and invested in vehicles and a base. They are currently looking for opportunities in transport, quarrying, aggregates, or construction machinery hire. The company said, "Ideally, we are looking at partnership in sand, aggregate, and other construction material quarrying (mining) or construction machinery "plant hire". But it can also be in road transport related to the construction sector, volumetric concrete mixer, vacuum excavator business, or even standard road haulage." If anyone has any interest, please contact Arnold!

And now...

IPBN member Paul Rees shared the latest news on Portugal's rural property market.

IPBN member The Sovereign Group says that individuals moving to or from the UK often overlook the importance of their ‘domicile’ status. Domicile is a concept that is distinct from 'residence' and failing to understand and clarify your domicile status can have substantial tax implications.

IPBN member Yunit Consulting shared the measures from the Portuguese Budget 2024 with impact on companies. (In Portuguese)

IPBN member Skanstec Engineering closed out Quality and Safety Week last week with an awards ceremony for team members who had made significant contributions to Quality, Safety, Wellbeing, and Inclusion. Pictured: Lorraine Cormack winner of the Wellbeing and Inclusion Award.

IPBN member Core Optimisation Digital Marketing Agency posted, "It was great to have the opportunity to take our client Meagher's Pharmacy Group to Google Headquarters for an annual Strategic Planning session followed by a visit to one of their stores last week. We’re looking forward to the year ahead!"

IPBN member Rebecca Nixon invites you to discover Quinta de Faro, a luxury development just minutes from the beach. 3 - 5 bed Villas For Sale. View Property Info here.

IPBN member The Lisbon Heritage Hotels shared exciting news! "The Britania Art Deco Hotel is nominated by the Historic Hotels of Europe Awards in the Historic Art of Hospitality Award 2023 category. Built in the early 1940s, the Britania Art Deco Hotel was designed by the illustrious Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco and recalls the glamor of that time. It is the only Art Deco Hotel in Lisbon that has survived intact to this day. All furniture and noble materials have been meticulously preserved in order to convey the original environment."

IPBN member Global Citizen Solutions attended a GCS-run BeGlobal webinar where they dived deep into the Portugal Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) Program for 2024. You can listen to it here.

IPBN member ArcAirTech is thrilled to announce its newest partner: Serpentine Pharmacy! "Another pharmacy business who’re showing their unwavering commitment to improving indoor air quality. Serpentine has also opted for the HEPA+ Pro, a cutting-edge addition that enhances the safety and well-being of their valued staff and customer."

IPBN member KRA Portugal shared that Portugal's dedication to renewable energy is nothing short of remarkable. As of now, a staggering 54% of the country's electricity is being generated through renewable sources.

IPBN member Mike Rumble was proud to receive two awards on behalf of Mother City Skydiving - Cape Town, a drop zone which he founded back in 2015 and ran for 5 years before relocating to Portugal. "Awards are for the ARTeTUR - International Tourism Film Festival (Portugal) video entry “We’re going Skydiving”, which won First place in the category Sport & Leisure, and Second place in the category Tourism Services, both in the international competition."

IPBN member Nessa Sheehy can help if you are searching for countryside living in the Algarve. Check out this charming rustic farmhouse with sea views in Boliqueime. Touristic license in place.

IPBN member Writers’ Bloc posted, "It's official...we are live! Anyone who has signed up should receive a welcome note, guidelines on how to use the platform, what to expect, and how to contact our team. We still have a handful of remaining spots open, for any stragglers - avoid the FOMO, sign up now!"

IPBN member askblue was represented by Paulo Nunes, a partner at askblue, and Artur Dias, Manager of Utilities & Energy at askblue, when they attended the Exec Next Step Exec Lisbon 2023, an event promoted by our partner OutSystems in October. This event focuses on high-performance low-code and is aimed at technology decision-makers who believe that software can drive their businesses.

IPBN member Florijn de Graaf shared that a project he is involved with is planning to speed up the design of food forests by 100x. Does anyone know someone who can help them with funding?

IPBN member Millimetre Design said, "Happy Halloween from all of us. Great fun in the studio dressing up and playing party games. Thanks to our wonderful sports and social committee."

IPBN member Xotigo said if you are tired of complex, slow Sales Planning that runs in endless loops, it's time for a change! "Join our upcoming webinar, where we'll share just how fast, collaborative, and remarkably accurate your planning can become in 2024."

IPBN member Carole Smith shared some big news from Meta. "Meta has announced the following: 'To comply with evolving European regulations, we are introducing a new subscription option in the EU, EEA and Switzerland.' If you are a business using ads on FB and IG, from November, users in The European Union, EEA, and Switzerland will have the option of signing up for a paid, ad-free subscription on Facebook and Instagram."

IPBN member Andy O’Donoghue said it was great to welcome Andy O'Donoghue as a new columnist with Connected magazine. Here is his first piece for us!

IPBN member Rachael Milne is very happy to see Pat Lucey as the guest speaker for PMI Portugal's PM Talk Series on Monday 6th November. "Although Pat might have taught me everything, I know about Project Management, I taught him everything he knows about Portugal. So at last we are quits!"

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