By: SHEENA RAWCLIFFE
The British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) has seen substantial growth in membership over the past 18 months, in particular in the Algarve and Porto regions. The Algarve region has hosted two very successful events recently.
A Power Networking Lunch was held at the MQ Club Quinta do Lago earlier this month, with excellent food and lively company. The invitees maximised on the networking opportunities, with
conversation ranging from the effect of the current exchange rates between the UK and euro countries to cultural and business changes since Portugal’s revolution in 1974, as well as offering those present a great opportunity to learn more about some of their fellow Chamber members.
On Friday, a lunch was held at the Grande Real Santa Eulália, with more than 60 members and guests attending. The lunch was sponsored by Atelier do Sul and HN. BPCC Directors, Roy Whitehouse and Sheena Rawcliffe welcomed HM British Ambassador to Portugal, Alex Ellis, the guest speaker, and Chris Barton the CEO of the BPCC.
Ambassador Ellis was accompanied by HM British Consul to the Algarve, Celia Edwards, and the subject of his speech was Identity. With most of us having
more than one identity in our lives, Alex Ellis spoke of the need to ensure that we did not compromise any one of those identities. He reminded the assembled company of how easy it could be in today’s environment to succumb to pressures to choose between our natural identities, the pressure generally being brought in to play by those seeking power.
The BPCC Algarve events are growing in number. The next is a Business Breakfast at Browns in Vilamoura on Tuesday, June 3. Anyone wishing to book for this event should use the contact details below.
There are also plans for two further networking events in July and a social barbecue in September. Watch out for further information on all these events in future editions of The Resident.
Meanwhile, anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of the chamber should contact Gustavo Lima, BPCC Algarve Representative, on 914 126 151 or email him: [email protected]