Earlier this year, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK signed a protocol relating to the Portuguese Food project, whose purpose was to promote Portuguese agri-food products in the UK market.
• British migrants to Portugal up 34.6% from 2019 to 2020
• First Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK event since 2019 will respond to emerging trend
• Portugal voted the best place to live in 2022 in latest Expats Exchange survey
With over 100 staff at its head office in Lisbon, Yunit Consulting, led by its CEO Bernardo Maciel, has vast experience in consulting and project management, helping Portuguese companies to attract new investors and manage their growth efficiently and profitably . Their mission is to support Portuguese SMEs, making them more competitive, and equipping them with the tools they need to expand.
by Carolina Maia 20th September 2021
The company has chosen the Portuguese capital to install a new hub and operations centre that will be “Uber’s main source of product and technology development in the Southern European region.”
by Namrata Majithia 10th September 2021
The Times reports on the latest reasons to move to Portugal, and talks to our Chamber Corporate member John Mather from Émigré

Fibre broadband, low taxes and sun, could these Portuguese islands make you happy ever after?
Are you a UK business owner interested in investing in a business similar to your own in Portugal? Are you a UK passport holder who is keen to create an EU presence for your business now the UK is no longer part of Europe? If so, read on
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has chosen the Portuguese capital to receive the first European hub outside the UK.
Buoyed on by the switch to online work, HR tech platform Remote has raised a $150m Series B round, making it the fifth unicorn to be founded in Portugal.
On the 15th July, André Jordan, the man famous for his contribution to the development of tourism in Portugal, was officially named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) during a ceremony organised by the British Embassy in Portugal.
Portugal could have accumulated losses of 60 billion euros and up to 600,000 jobs could have been eliminated in tourism, when the sector recovers from the effects of the pandemic.
Portugal’s presidency of the European Council got off to an uncertain start. The transition period for Brexit ended on January 1, and Portugal and Europe were plunged into a second lockdown, but despite being overshadowed by economic, political and health problems, important work was achieved.
London, 8th July 2021
UK Political, Economic and Social Update
by Namrata Majithia 15th June 2021
The leading website Investment Migration Insider  reports on Portugal’s recent approval of a fund offering the country’s  first Cultural Heritage Golden Visa.
7th May 2021

• 59% are looking to move permanently to Portugal (Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK)
• Portugal named ‘top overseas property hotspot’ with 28% increase in searches (Rightmove Overseas)
• Live Moving to Portugal Show and Seminars to recommence October 2021
Portugal is one of just 12 destinations on the 'green list', announced by transport secretary Grant Shapps last week – meaning that holidays can resume from May 17, and travellers returning to the UK will not be required to quarantine.
• New Algarve Tech Hub harnesses ‘technological fervour sweeping the country’
• Digital nomads, entrepreneurs and tech start-ups being welcomed to Portugal
• Algarve eyes up title of world’s #1 lifestyle tech hub
by Namrata Majithia 29th April 2021
Portugal's Ambassador tells the UK's Sky News that Portugal is 'hoping to welcome British holidaymakers from mid-May'
by Namrata Majithia 16th April 2021
Portugal ‘reopens’ flights between UK and Brazil – but only for essential reasons

UK residents from England, Scotland and Wales can now claim a VAT refund on retail purchases (over €50+VAT)they make in Portugal, effective from 1st January 2021.
Providing international schooling for children from 2 to 6 years old, L’École Trilingue opens in Lisbon in September this year and will provide immersion learning in three languages: English, French and Portuguese.
by Namrata Majithia 16th March 2021
Portugal will be removed from the "red list" of countries from where travel to England is banned after 04:00 GMT on Friday 19th March, the British Department for Transport has announced.
In February 2021, investment into Portugal resulting from the Residence Permit for Investment (ARI) or ‘golden visa’ programme totalled 52,318,353 euros.
by Namrata Majithia 15th February 2021
Contrary to a controversial law passed at the end of last year (click here), restrictions to Portugal’s money-spinning ‘golden visa’ regime will not now come into effect on July 1.
by Namrata Majithia 22nd January 2021
The Chamber and its Corporate members Vilamoura World, Martinhal, Edge International and Ombria are all quoted in The Times today in a lengthy story about Where to Buy Property in Portugal to Get a Golden Visa by Zoe Dare-Hall. See the full story below
by Namrata Majithia 31st December 2020
Portuguese Government Confirms Changes in its Golden Visa Programme: Not Necessarily Bad News, Say Stakeholders
The British Parliament today (Wednesday  30th December 2020) voted to approve legislation that will pass the EU-UK post-Brexit deal into UK law.
by Namrata Majithia 2nd December 2020
The DIT’s Keep Business Moving webinar answered a wide range of questions on the new UK Portugal trading rules from 1 January 2021.
by Namrata Majithia 26th November 2020
As the UK and the EU approach the final days of Brexit negotiations, the UK government has published the second edition of the DIT Portugal Newsflash, covering all aspects of the Brexit changes.
Ascendi is a leading player in the road infrastructure market in Portugal, where they manage six concessions over 600 kilometres of motorway,
Portugal remains vital to UK interests – the British government (DIT) wants to deliver a smooth EU Exit, build on their good existing bilateral relationships and grow trade and investment between the UK and Portugal.
On the 8th October 2020, the UK government’s Department of International Trade published an updated version of its Border Operating Model. This new guidance provides further detail on how the GB-EU border will work and the actions that traders, hauliers and passengers need to take.
by Namrata Majithia 6th October 2020
On October 5, 2020, the UK tax authority added considerably to its Brexit guidance for businesses on the value-added tax rules that will apply to goods entering Great Britain from outside the UK.
Our latest Corporate members, Durham Agrellos, are a boutique law firm specializing in sensitive and complex issues of tax law for HNWI international private clients.
by Namrata Majithia 1st October 2020
In January 2021, Portugal assumes the rotating Presidency of the European Union, while facing the twin pressures of dealing with the pandemic and implementing the Brexit agreement.
The Web Summit says that an offline version of its global tech conference may yet go ahead in Lisbon in December, despite similar events being postponed due to the pandemic.
The UK has left the EU. On 31 December 2020 the UK will leave the EU single market and customs union.
From 1 January 2021 the rules for trading with the UK will change.
Portugal's prime minister has just defined three major blocks for overcoming the crisis caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.
In the Recovery and Resilience Programme, which António Costa will present to Brussels, the State defines three
by Namrata Majithia 14th September 2020
Even if a deal is agreed, huge changes are coming from 1st January 2021

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by Namrata Majithia 10th September 2020
The Chamber team is back in the office after a few precious days on the ground in Portugal...

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London, 13 August 2020 
As the UK endures an unprecedented 10-day heatwave, with temperatures over 34 degrees in much of the country, the holiday season is well under way here.
We will be closing the Chamber for a few days holiday, and we return on 2nd September.
On our return we will be releasing our autumn schedule of webinars and other online events, which are an increasingly important part of our services to members.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s government has launched a plan aimed at boosting its export sector to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with a goal of increasing Portugal’s exports to 53% of gross domestic product by 2030, up  from 44% in 2019.
by Namrata Majithia 24th July 2020
As the Brexit negotiations reach an impasse, Chamber members Blevins Franks have produced an excellent 30 minute video explaining the main areas of disagreement and how they might be resolved, with special emphasis on residency, tax and pensions moving between borders.
As reported by Natasha Donn in the Portugal Resident newspaper, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa returned from the marathon negotiations in Brussels this week waving the promise of €45.1 billion in much-needed post-coronavirus recovery funding for the country.

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by Namrata Majithia 17th July 2020
17 July 2020
Our General Manager, Christina Hippisley, recently joined Dylan Herholdt of Chamber members Portugal Realty as a guest on his popular podcast called Portugal: The Simple Life.  
London, 10th July

London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper carries an interesting article from Manuel Lobo Antunes, the Ambassador of Portugal in the UK, on the science behind Portugal’s current handling of the pandemic.
We are a day later than usual, since yesterday saw some big announcements here in London which took some time to analyse.

In addition, the recent exclusion of the Portuguese mainland from the UK’s newly issued travel list of ‘green’ and ‘amber’ countries has caused consternation in both the UK and Portugal. The Chamber, which is also the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Portugal in the British Parliament, is working closely with the MPs in the group
The recent exclusion of the Portuguese mainland from the UK’s newly issued travel list of ‘green’ and ‘amber’ countries has caused consternation in the Portuguese government.
Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia are to  hold the presidency of the European Council in succession starting  from July 1, 2020, through to December 31, 2021.  The three countries will  have a joint programme.
While the Covid-19 crisis has raged in the UK, there has been little time to focus on Britain's future relationship with the European Union. 

However, the issue is now becoming overwhelmingly urgent in London and Brussells once again.  This week, we bring you a special newsletter summarizing the view of Brexit from this side of the Channel and what will happen in negotiations over the summer.
As the easing of lockdown continues and the pace of work picks up here in the UK, we will be changing the frequency of this newsletter from once a week to every two weeks from now on.
As the easing of lockdown continues, friends and families are meeting again and picnics outside are becoming the norm.  The corona virus continues to dominate the news here, but Brexit, the Chinese threat in Hong Kong and the ongoing racial violence in the USA are also at the top of the news agenda now.
It’s a short week here in the UK this week, with a public holiday on Monday and many people booking days off for the rest of the week. Plus (for a change) the weather is hot and sunny, and the lockdown is easing. Our spirits are slowly lifting as the British summer arrives in earnest. Here is our weekly update about the current situation here in the UK, in political economic and social terms.
As  the slow relaxation of the lockdown - which has been in place since March 23rd- continues,, here is our weekly update about the current corona virus situation here in the UK, in political economic and social terms.
As we embrace the early stages of the relaxation of the lockdown, which has been in place since March 23rd, here is our weekly update about the current corona virus situation here in the UK, in political economic and social terms.
Many of our Chamber members and potential members are businesses in Portugal which export goods or services to the UK market. To help them and anyone else interested in the UK market, our newsletters will now contain regular updates about the current corona virus situation here in the UK, in political, economic and social terms, plus a round up of other relevant data.
by Namrata Majithia 23rd April 2020
Chamber members EDGE International Lawyers have now created a dedicated website giving pragmatic updates about Portugal’s Covid-19 response and how legal and practical matters can continue in the meantime.

by Namrata Majithia 9th April 2020
Due to the corona crisis, we have suspended our usual programme of live networking and business events in the UK and Portugal until further notice. We are now working remotely and are here to help at any time – please email info@portuguese-chamber.org.uk

by Namrata Majithia 9th April 2020
Due to the corona crisis, on March 18th 2020, the Portuguese government introduced a State of Emergency which has impacted many aspects of legal contracts in Portugal.

by Namrata Majithia 30th January 2020
British Tourists, visitors and residents can continue to enjoy freedom of movement, travel, access to healthcare and recognising driving licenses in Portugal, as normal, until the end of the transition period, foreseen to be the 31st of December 2020
by Namrata Majithia 24th January 2020
In tune with the new decade, our institutional partners AICEP Portugal Global, Portugal’s investment agency, have just released a new video on the best of Portugal, with an emphasis on the talent available in the country.
Portugal IN is a task force created by the Portuguese Government, in the wake of the Brexit referendum, to further attract foreign direct investment (FDI) to the country, responding directly to the Prime Minister. Portugal In is specialised in supporting the expansion process to Portugal of companies operating in the UK and its main inward FDI markets (USA, China, India and Japan).
by Mafalda Gamelas 26th June 2019
The majority of Portuguese SMEs expect and plan to up their revenues by increasing their international activity in 2019.
by Namrata Majithia 23rd May 2019
After 6 successful events, the demand is still high!
Everything you need to know to prepare for a new life in the tranquility, beauty and warmth of Europe’s most westerly country.
All that’s left is to pack your suitcase.
The Portuguese are coming!  In response to popular demand from Irish property buyers, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is bringing its Moving to Portugal Show and Seminars to Dublin on 15th May 2019.
by Namrata Majithia 5th March 2019
“To reach a port, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” We need to steer the boat, not drift! - Christine Lagarde
As the subject of the meeting was ‘Brexit’, the main points made by Augusto Santos Silva were:
Invest Africa is the leading pan-African business platform that promotes trade and investment in Africa. Invest Africa will be taking a high-level investor delegation to Angola from 19th-21st February 2019.
by Namrata Majithia 15th October 2018
Tasting session of Esporão olive oil at London’s top gourmet food store Fortnum and Mason!
by Namrata Majithia 5th February 2018
Is your company GDPR ready?
by Namrata Majithia 1st January 2018
Are you selling products or services to a Portuguese company and they are asking you to fill out the Mod 21-RFI before they can pay you the full amount they owe you?