Business trailblazer retires

By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]

Ronnie Price, former Director General of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London, has retired from his position as the UK representative for SDM, the society for the development of Madeira.

A well known figure in the business world, Ronnie has worked for many years developing links between Portuguese and British businesses. He was rewarded for his efforts in 2005 when he was awarded the Portuguese award of Knight Commander of the Order of Merit by former Portuguese Ambassador, Fernando Andersen Guimarães.

Ronnie Price told the Algarve Resident: “The award was my second after I received the Commander of the Order of Merit in 1993 but both were in recognition of my contribution to the development of business connections between Portugal and Britain.”

After holding such prominent positions within the business world, including his position as Director General of the Portuguese Chamber for more than 25 years and as an export manager for ICI for 33 years, this latest retirement will be his last as he now plans to focus on his writing.

“I have written two novels  set in the sexy world of motor racing: Chicane and On Slicks but I will be updating my non-fiction book about the Morgan sports car, Tok 258: Morgan Winner at Le Mans to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the win,” said Ronnie Price.

Now living in the Borders near Kelso, Ronnie visits the Algarve regularly for holidays although he himself does not own a property in the region.

“I was always so closely involved in development I never actually got round to purchasing my own place in the Algarve, although I suppose it is never too late!”