Chambers of Commerce host joint Algarve Gala
More than 120 of the Algarve’s businessmen and women attended the ‘BPCC & PCCUK Algarve Gala’ last Friday, November 23.
The event, jointly organised by the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) and the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK (PCCUK), took place at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort.
It was sponsored by Chamber members Quinta do Barranco Longo and the Open Media Group (publishers of the Algarve Resident newspaper), and had Ross Matthews, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Lisbon, as guest of honour.
BPCC’s Chairman, Filipe Lowndes Marques, welcomed the participants and introduced Ross Matthews, who offered a comprehensive speech on several current topics, including Brexit, as well as UK’s wishes for 2019 in what the cooperation between these two countries is concerned.
Simon Perks, Vice Chairman of the PCCUK, closed the event, stressing, much like BPCC’s Chairman had already done, how important these functions are for the region’s business community and for strengthening their relationships with the UK, which can be measured by the large number of attendees the event had.
Founded in 1911 and with over 400 members, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit organisation that sets out to promote the interests of its membership in respect to commercial links between businesses in the United Kingdom and Portugal.
Included in the Chamber’s annual events calendar, and providing a valuable meeting point for companies in the Algarve, are conferences, networking events and business breakfasts with selected speakers on relevant matters to the companies and the region’s economy.
To learn more about the BPCC and its work, visit bpcc.pt
Photos: HÉLIO RAMOS