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Posted by portugalpress on June 19, 2018

The launch of the Ireland Portugal Business Network (IPBN) in the Algarve on June 14 at the Hilton Vilamoura centred around the theme “Ireland and Portugal - Opportunities to grow business”. It involved presentations from Portuguese and Irish businesses in the region followed by a panel discussion.

Speakers included entrepreneurs Gerry Fagan from Decade Development Management (DDM), Declan Conway from Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI), Francisco Mello do Rego, Commercial Director at BPI, and Senior Partner and IPBN Board Director Geoffrey Graham from Edge International Lawyers.

The debate was moderated by Dearbháile Banahan, Associate Lawyer at PLMJ and based at the firm’s office in the Algarve since 2011.

The event was supported by the Embassy of Ireland in Portugal and was enhanced by the presence of Honorary Patron Ambassador Orla Tunney.

It was attended by business owners and managers as well as independent entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries such as technology, software engineer, real estate, tourism and property development.

Tony Boyle, Chairman of the IPBN, started the event with a brief introduction about the network, its mission and objectives as well as it specific aim in the Algarve.

Ambassador Orla Tunney welcomed the attendees and explained the reasons why the embassy supports IPBN and its launch in the Algarve.

Declan Conway, founder of GSI, gave an outline of the opportunities available to change to a more sustainable community and economy.

Geoffrey Graham, Senior Partner at Edge, focused on development and investment programmes available in Portugal, like the popular Non-Habitual Resident Programme (NHR), and company set up.

Francisco Mello do Rego presented BPI and its financial products and services designed to respond to the specific needs of individuals, companies and public sector.

The event concluded with guest speaker Gerry Fagan from Decade Development Management, who gave an inspirational, personal and detailed insight in the world of entrepreneurship with its risks, pitfalls and frustration as well as its rewards and benefits, all based on his own experience in the Algarve.

The IPBN will be setting up a local committee in the Algarve to support networking activities with a common goal to stimulate Ireland-Portugal business and explore the appropriate sectors for common interest to develop linkages, partnerships and collaborations.

For more information on joining the IPBN and its local committee in the Algarve, contact and visit



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