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Moving to Portugal Seminars in London on Monday 23rd October 2017

London 14th September 2017

Further Moving to Portugal seminars to take place in London on Monday 23rd October

Moving to Portugal Seminars London

On Monday 23rd October 2017 in central London, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK is organising the 3rd edition of our popular "Moving to Portugal" seminars.

These will take place in the Lisbon Suite at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa, 354 Queenstown Road, London SW11 8AE. The nearest Tube station is Sloane Square which is approx. 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The number 137 and 452 buses stop outside the hotel.

The Moving to Portugal seminars are designed to answer all the questions you may have about how to organise your move to Portugal, whether you intend to run your business from there, retire there or simply spend several months a year there to escape the English climate.

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Week in review - 4th September 2015

London, 4th September 2015

Week in review

The ECB has sent equity markets up and the euro as president Draghi stated that the quantitative easing programme may last beyond 2016. The share limit on individual bond issuance purchases has also been raised from the initial limit of 25% to 33%, subject to a case-by-case verification that this would not create a situation whereby the Eurosystem would have blocking minority power, in which case the issue share limit would remain at 25%.

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2 July - Chamber’s 2015 Algarve Golf Day

Algarve, 2nd July 2015

Portuguese Chamber 2015 Algarve Golf Day

The Chamber’s 2015 Algarve Golf Day and Dinner took place in the balmy surroundings of the Boavista Golf and Spa Resort at Lagos, Algarve, a leading resort which is a  long time Corporate member and supporter of the Chamber.  Assistant Golf Director Antonio Ferreira da Silva organised an excellent tournament for Chamber members, and  keen golfers from the  Conrad Algarve Hotel, Boavista,  Credential Partners, Blevins Franks, Fiduciary Management, and Braganca Bruno, among others,  took part.

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London, 13th January 2015

London, 13th January 2015

PCBN monthly networking drinks kicks off the new year

The Chamber started 2015 in true business style, with its monthly open house networking drinks, held at the Blue Boar Bar in the Conrad St James hotel near Westminster’s Parliament Square.

50 + British and Portuguese  business people attended, from a variety of backgrounds, including investment bankers, security consultants, architects, builders, food importers, television producers and lawyers. We also had the pleasure of welcoming the Portuguese Ambassador in the UK; Mr João de Vallera and distinguished Portuguese lawyer and hotelier José Miguel Judice.

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Business in Portuguese – Meet Business Leaders from Portuguese-Speaking Countries

London, 10th June 2016 

Conference "Business in Portuguese – Meet Business Leaders from Portuguese-Speaking Countries”

The Portuguese Chamber organised the second Business in Portuguese conference and networking lunch on Wednesday 8th June at the European HQ of Bloomberg in London.

Our conference partners were Bloomberg, the world-leading news and financial data  organization, and the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CE-CPLP).

The conference discussed  business opportunities in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tomé and Timor with an audience of 150+ potential investors from the City of London.

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New Portuguese-owned restaurant Caco & Co has recently opened in London W12.

London, 2nd November 2016

New  Portuguese-owned restaurant Caco & Co  has recently opened in London W12.  

New Portuguese-owned restaurant Caco & Co has recently opened in London W12 9B.

The Caco&Co venue in Shepherd's Bush, 116-118 Askew Road, London W12 9B is a new Mediterranean restaurant concept inspired by an iconic bread made in the Portuguese island of Madeira called "Bolo do Caco". This bread is beautifully and simply made by hand with love, sweet potato flour, sea salt and water, and adds a special flavour to the fish and meat served with it.

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2016 –A year in view

London, 12th January 2017

2016 – A year in view

Chamber members now total 137, with 19 new company and individual members having joined us during 2016. These include companies from diverse fields like investment banking, steel construction, wealth managers, psychologists, consumer marketing, interior design and refurbishment, as well as specialist property insurers. There is no question that the UK market is key to Portugal’s export-led recovery.

In 2016 the Chamber organised 27 events, among which were two large conferences, three large receptions or gala dinners, four specialist seminars and eight events in Portugal. 

This compares with 25 events organised by us in 2015, but with the important addition of the “Business in Portuguese” conference which we organised at Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London in June 2016. This attracted an audience of 100+ financiers and investors, who discussed Portugal’s role in Portuguese-speaking Africa and Latin America. We believe this conference will be an important addition to our events calendar going forward. 

Other highlights of 2016 were 

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"Business in Portuguese" conference, 31st October 2017 at Bloomberg, London

London, 11th August 2017

Next edition of the "Business in Portuguese" conference, 31st October 2017, Bloomberg, London EC2

The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is organising the third edition of the conference Business in Portuguese on the 31stOctober 2017 at Bloomberg Auditorium at Bloomberg’s European HQ in London at Finsbury Sq, EC2.

Video of the 2016 Business in Portuguese conference.

Portuguese-speaking countries across the globe cover a land mass the size of Canada and contain over 290 million people. The investment opportunities in Brazil, Angola and Mozambique, in particular, are outstanding. Portugal is the natural bridge to these markets. Present at the conference will be CEOs with particular expertise in Lusophone markets, who will discuss financing businesses in Portuguese-speaking countries and how they are adapting their investments to fit their environmental, sustainability and good governance (ESG) programmes.

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Week in review - 29 June 2015

London, 29th June 2015

Week in review: All about Greece

Following weeks of intense negotiations to extend the bailout programme, talks collapsed last week, as Greek PM Tsipras called for a referendum on the measures required by Greece's creditors, due to take place on Sunday 5 July. A bailout extension until the day of the referendum was rejected. Anyway, PM Tsipras has sent a new request which was leaked this morning by the FT and a temporary extension may yet be agreed on, though that is unlikely.

Following these news the ECB decided on Sunday to leave unchanged the amount of lending to Greek banks under its emergency lending facility (ELA) at the same level as Friday 26th. In order to avoid a bank run and the collapse of the financial system that is currently under significant stress, the Government has imposed capital controls, closing banks until after the referendum, forbidding withdrawals over 60 euros daily and pre-approval of all transfers to accounts abroad. The European Commission has considered these measures appropriate to contain the short term risks to the financial sector but request that capital controls be lifted as soon as possible.

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Portuguese Chamber event during London Technology Week 2016

London, 24th May 2016

Portuguese Chamber event during London Technology Week 2016

The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is organising an event for Portuguese companies looking at the UK to expand. This will be a seminar held at Blick Rothenberg on the 20th June 2016 (the first day of London Technology Week), from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. The seminar will cover tech investment in the UK, information and advantages of setting-up a tech company here, and 2 case-studies.

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The Chamber’s 2016 Gala Dinner at London’s Royal Automobile Club.

London, 26th October 2016

The Chamber’s 2016 Gala Dinner at London’s Royal Automobile Club.

Over 120 guests attended our 2016 Gala Dinner on 25th October, with dozens of our members and their guests flying in from Portugal to attend the dinner.

Our guest of honour and keynote speaker was the newly-arrived Ambassador of Portugal, Manuel Lobo Antunes, and among our specially invited guests were Tim Loughton MP, Rodney Berkeley of the Department of International Trade, and senior representatives from AICEP Portugal Global, Bloomberg, and Canning House, a.k.a the Hispanic & Luso Brazilian Council.

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Chamber members at today’s London Stock Exchange ‘Market Open’ ceremony

London, 10 February 2017

Chamber members at today's London Stock Exchange 'Market Open' ceremony

The guest of honour at today’s Market Open ceremony, held at 8am in the heart of the City of London at the London Stock Exchange (LSE),  was the Vice-President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis.  He was there to  celebrate ‘Capital Markets Union’ (CMU), the European Commission’s initiative aimed at reducing cross-country barriers and widening SME companies’ access to equity finance, so that they can grow more easily and create jobs. In addition the LSE has just published its ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ report, in which it identifies the 1000 fastest growing SMEs in the EU, including 22 from Portugal.

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London, 25th May,

London, 25th May, A Taste of Madeira in London

On Thursday 25th May, from 5.30 to 7pm, the Portuguese Chamber organised a seminar in London about the attractions of Madeira as a centre for services, enterprise and investment, with the members of IPAL – the International Professionals Association.

Part of Portugal, the Atlantic island of Madeira is an extremely attractive destination in which to live and also in which to structure a business, due to its very beneficial new tax regime. Of particular interest to those who specialize in international tax planning is the International Business Centre of Madeira (IBCM), which was established in the 1980s to kickstart the island’s economic development, and now accounts for some 12% of all direct foreign investment in Portugal.

Our event sponsors include Invest Madeira,  the Madeira Regional Government’s inward investment agency; the International Business Centre of Madeira (IBCM); TPMC, one of Madeira’s leading international business management companies; PLMJ, one of Portugal’s leading law firms that specialises in tax and foreign investment.

Topics to be covered at the seminar include; how the Madeira tax regime can be used in the context of Brexit; how Madeira compares with Cyprus and Malta in terms of tax benefits; case studies from existing businesses

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Algarve, 26th November 2014

Algarve, 26th November 2014

Chamber’s Algarve Gala Dinner at Casa do Lago in Quinta do Lago

Over 95 guests attended our annual dinner for our Portuguese members, which was held in the elegant Casa do Lago restaurant at the end of Quinta do Lago’s famous lagoon in the Ria Formosa nature reserve.

Quinta do Lago’s events team, led by Arina Batalha, organised a very special evening, with live music and a roaring fire to keep out the evening chill.

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Blick Rothenberg helps tech entrepreneurs

London 30th September 2015

Blick Rothenberg helps tech entrepreneurs

Sup, a new app that helps young professionals see their friends more, has attracted  $1.1 million in seed funding and is the first company to be enrolled in the Tech Business Awards (www.techbusinessawards.com) launched by Chamber members Blick Rothenberg LLP, who are London-based chartered accountants.

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12th Portugal Property Conference on 14th April 2016 in London – Booking now open

London, 4th March 2016 

12th Portugal Property Conference on 14th April 2016 in London – Booking now open

We are delighted to invite you to attend this year’s property conference, sponsored by Santander Totta,  on Thursday 14th April 2016 at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel, London SW8.

The title of this year’s conference is  “Portugal property sales to British buyers – how to grow from €1bn to €2.4bn by 2020?" 

Registration starts from 2pm and the conference begins at 2.30pm.

Our Conference Chairman this year is Peter Robinson, the MD of the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) .  He will moderate a total of 12 guests on 4 panels to ensure a lively topical debate with input from the audience.  For programme details click here

Eventbrite - Portugal Property Conference in London

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Business in Portuguese conference at Bloomberg on 8th June 2016

London, 16th May 2016

Business in Portuguese conference at Bloomberg on 8th June 2016

The Portuguese Chamber is organising this  half day conference and networking lunch on Wednesday 8th June from 9am to 2pm.

The conference  will present  business opportunities in Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tomé, Timor) to potential investors in the City of London.

Our conference partners are Bloomberg, the world-leading news and financial data  organization, and the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CE-CPLP).

The Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) countries across the globe cover a land mass the size of Canada and contain over 290 million people. The investment opportunities in Brazil, Angola and Mozambique, in particular, are outstanding.

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Chamber international affiliations

London 5th September 2016 

The Chamber in the UK expands its international affiliations

 

As part of its plan to improve member services and attract new members, the Chamber has formed several new alliances over the last 6 months. 

 

In March 2016 we joined  the RCCP (Rede das Câmaras do Comércio Portuguesas) which is headquartered in Lisbon and networks all the Portuguese Chambers around the world together.  This alliance will allow all the Chambers to help each other with successful blueprints for events and membership retention. 


Moreover, at the Chamber’s Business in Portuguese conference at Bloomberg’s European HQ in London in June 2016, the Chamber also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CE-CPLP (Confederação empresarial da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa), which will allow us to forge new links with leading businesses from Portuguese-speaking countries who wish to access the UK market.

 

Closer to home, in order to offer our members access to even more business contacts, the Chamber has joined the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) 

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London, 10th May 2017

London, 10th May 2017  

 

“Moving to Portugal” seminars for property buyers in the UK

On Wednesday 10th May, the Chamber will be holding “Moving to Portugal” seminars for consumers at the Thomas Lord Suite, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London NW8.  This will be a one day event, with a short series of seminars for a selected audience of British property buyers who are keen to buy in Portugal. 

Come and hear from our expert speakers at a series of short presentations throughout the day. Hear about the legal process, how to plan and finance your move, and where to buy your dream home. Topics covered include tax-free pensions, affordable property, the lower cost of living, the excellent healthcare  and asunshine lifestyle.

Meet Portugal’s leading property agents, FX special­ists, tax and wealth planners, lawyers and developers. And try some Portuguese wine!

Presentations start at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm. It is free to attend but due to limited numbers it is essential to pre-book your space. 

For more details and to book please click here:  www.movingtoportugal.co.uk

Portuguese Chamber Annual Golf Tournament in the Algarve

London, 10th July 2017

Portuguese Chamber Annual Golf Tournament at the Old Course Vilamoura

 

The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK held its annual Algarve Golf Tournament at the prestigious Old Course in Vilamoura on the 6th July 2017.

The Chamber welcomed 32 players to the golf tournament, among them Chamber members from the Conrad Algarve Hotel, AFPOP, Blevins Franks,  and Boavista Golf and Spa Resort.

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Portuguese Chamber iniciatives during London Technology Week

London, 2nd June 2015

Portuguese Chamber iniciatives during London Technology Week (15-21 June 2015)

The Portuguese Chamber is organizing two events on 15 and 17 June, during the London Technology Week for Portuguese Companies looking into the UK to open or grow their international business.

These events will present the necessary steps for setting-up your company in London, the inherent fiscal advantages of doing so and the potential for the exponential growth and bigger brand-awareness that come from setting-up in London.

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Week in review - 26th September 2015

London, 26th September 2015

WEEK IN REVIEW

Portugal’s 2014 deficit  and the Novo Banco problem: Portugal’s Department of National Statistics (INE) has just released details of 2015’s second application for the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP). The first application has had to be updated to include in 2014’s deficit the €4.9bn that the government  injected into Novo Banco (NB) during June 2014.  This one transaction has increased the 2014 deficit from 4.5% to 7.2% of GDP. Since the sale of NB has not materialised within one year of the injection, the government has been forced to classify their bailout as a capital injection into a public company.

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Flights into Portugal – seat capacity has increased by 26% since 2010.

London, 3rd March 2016

Flights into Portugal – seat capacity has increased by 26% since 2010

Portugal’s three biggest airports at Faro, Lisbon and Porto reported 11% annual growth last year, the second consecutive year in which the three combined have reported double-digit growth.

It’s  good news for the airport operator VINCI, which has seen demand triple between 1996 and 2015, -  despite the recession-related drop of 3.2% in 2009, demand quickly recovered and rose by 8.1% the following year. 

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Blick Rothenberg releases a updated version of the guide "Establishing a Business in the UK"

London, 3rd May 2016

Portuguese Chamber Corporate member Blick Rothenberg releases a updated version of the guide "Establishing a Business in the UK"

Our Corporate member Blick Rothenberg releases a comprehensive guide that provides information on tax, accounting and commercial issues that overseas businesses need to consider when looking to set up operations in the UK. 

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The unfortunate cost of a homemade will

London, 23rd August 2016

The unfortunate cost of a homemade will

John Cato, from UK-based Cato Solicitors - who are members of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK, describes the cross border legal mess caused by a homemade Will and emphasizes the importance of having both English and Portuguese synchronised Wills.

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London 9th May 2017

London, 9th May 2017

 

The Portuguese Chamber’s 2017 Property Conference will take place on Tuesday 9th May in the Thomas Lord Suite, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN, from 2.30pm
 
We have been organizing this conference for property professionals since 2004, so 2017 will mark its 13th anniversary. During the last decade the conference has grown in prestige to become the main annual networking event for property professionals working in the residential tourism sector in Portugal and the UK, and attracts 120+ paying delegates each year.

Our conference audience includes developers, financiers, mortgage providers, property investors, wealth managers, tax planners, bankers and real estate investment groups.
 
Our Conference Chairman will be Peter Robinson, Managing Director of the Association of International Property Professionals, who will moderate our speakers and panel members to ensure a lively and topical debate.  

Click here to see more and book your tickets to attend

Portuguese Chamber Of Commerce in the UK elects new Chairman

London, 3rd July 2017  

Portuguese Chamber Of Commerce in the UK elects new Chairman

 

The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK elected their new Chairman on  29th June 2017, to replace the outgoing Chairman Mr Bernardo Ivo Cruz.

Our new Chairman is Mr Jorge de Abreu, from the leading Portuguese law firm Abreu & Marques e Associados who are long standing Corporate members of the Chamber. 

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London, 28th October 2014

London, 28th October 2014

Portugal’s Minister of Agriculture and the Sea presents "The Portuguese National Ocean Strategy 2013-2020"

Over a working breakfast at the Portuguese Embassy in London,  Portugal´s Minister of Agriculture and the Sea, Ms Assunção Cristas, presented the "Portuguese National Ocean Strategy 2013-2020" and its development model for the "Blue Economy" to a group of select investors and researchers.

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Open Plan Living offers 20% discount

London, 25th September 2015

Open Plan Living | 20% off exclusive upholstery and furniture

Open Plan Living, one of the most recent members of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, is a newly established upholstery and furniture business based in both London and Porto.

Today we have a very special introductory offer for all our members: 20% off the recommended retail price for all furniture, upholstery and lighting pieces. This offer is valid until the 30th of November 2015

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The Skills Shortage 2016 - Construction in the UK

London, 3rd March 2016

The Skills Shortage 2016 - Construction in the UK

In the UK, the construction industry was one of the sectors most affected by the financial crisis. Indeed, by 2013, construction output had fallen by 15% in comparison to its 2007 peak, and construction employment by 13%.

However, a recent report by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), predicts an average growth-per-year over the next three years of 2.2% in construction output, principally due to increased workload levels.

The report also emphasises the role of housing in this increase, stating that more than 33% of construction output in the next three years will be based in this sector, and in particular, the construction of private home builds (an average growth of 4.6% until 2018).

The shortage of affordable housing in the UK is an issue which has become increasingly pertinent in recent years, and although the Government has launched ambitious plans to build 200,000 new homes a year, the realization of such a task is looking far from feasible.

Figures last year show that the number of new houses being built is still 35,000 below this target and indeed the coming year looks set to follow a similar trend.

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The UK Referendum

London 29th June 2016 

 

About Brexit

 

The  Chamber was surprised by the UK’s recent Brexit vote, but we are keen to reassure all our members that the UK is open for business as usual and we are confident that, once this initial period of uncertainty has passed, much clearer information will be available.

 

In  the coming weeks and  months, the Chamber intends to gather together the ‘Brexit’ information that may affect our member companies and circulate it, either via events or regular briefing notes, to ensure that your business decisions  regarding the UK will be made based on fact, not fiction.  We are here to help and stand ready to answer any questions you may have.

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