Ireland Portugal Business Network launches ‘Algarve Living’ events

The Ireland Portugal Business Network (IPBN) has announced the launch a four-part series of webinars “showcasing opportunities to live, retire, and work in the Algarve”.

Says the business network, the ‘Algarve Living’ series “will focus on five key themes throughout the series: Lifestyle, Business, Finance, and Property & Living – beginning with a webinar on January 28 focusing on Lifestyle and introducing the rest of the series”.

Speakers will include Lazer Telecom CEO, Declan Cassidy; Omey Projects Director, Kelly Murtagh; Vilamoura World CEO, Rob Jenner; and Chair of IPBN Algarve, Sharon Farrell.

IPBN chair Aoife Healy, who will be moderating the first event, says the series is designed for both Irish companies looking to enter the Algarve and Irish individuals considering living, remote working, or retiring in the region.

“The IPBN is pleased to present our ‘Algarve Living’ series providing one of the most comprehensive guides to the region ever delivered,” she says.

“We will start with a series of four webinars, the first of which an introduction to life in the Algarve, continuing with three webinars around our five major themes. All sessions will crucially include first-hand accounts and input from IPBN members providing both personal experience and expert advice about living and working in the region,” Healy adds.

According to the network’s chairwoman, the Algarve offers a “dream lifestyle, and an opportunity to create a perfect work-life balance with more time to enjoy what you love”.

She explains: “The destination is particularly relevant in this COVID-19 era, with wonderful year-round weather, stunning outdoor spaces, low-density population, and access to world-class healthcare.

“From a business perspective, the Algarve is fast becoming an international ‘HubSpot’ and far exceeding its world-renowned holiday brand. The location is highly attractive to a wide-ranging Irish demographic – from senior executives, business leaders, digital nomads, start-ups, remote and part-time workers as well as those beginning their careers,” adds Healy.

The IPBN chair also explains that there are also many other incentives to living in the Algarve, such as the ease to “buy property, invest and acquire residency with attractive tax schemes and a plethora of options for retired and senior living communities”.

The ‘Algarve Living’ series will provide an “in-depth look into Lifestyle opportunities exploring outdoor activities, golf, wellness, gastronomy, and winery sectors.”

The series will involve input from key business players across the region including the “fast-emerging” Algarve Tech Hub and will explore tax, pensions, legal requirements, and wealth management with detailed advice on the NHR (Non-Habitual Residents) Scheme and exiting the Irish tax system.

Further attention will be devoted to ‘Property & Living’ with real estate experts and developers showcasing a multitude of residential options. Other key aspects including healthcare, education and security will take centre stage, with the region’s international schools, universities and private hospitals providing input.

“The IPBN has grown rapidly in recent years and this series will provide a platform for our members to share their extensive knowledge and expertise, as well as contacts and connections,” says Healy. “Essentially, our network offers a complete support structure for anyone looking to make the transition from Ireland to the Algarve.

“On a broader level, Ireland and Portugal share many similarities from our population size and GDP to key growth markets such as IT, renewable energy, agriculture and tourism. As nations, we are natural partners with a close bond, which is clearly demonstrated through growing bi-lateral trade, and increasingly large Irish diaspora in Portugal.”

The ‘Algarve Living’ series has the support of Visit Portugal in Dublin, AICEP Portugal Global and the Portuguese Embassy in Dublin.

To register for the series of webinars, visit – delegates will receive Zoom access codes the day before the event.