Past Chamber News
London 14th September 2017
Further Moving to Portugal seminars to take place in London on Monday 23rd October
On Monday 23rd October 2017 in central London, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK is organising the 3rd edition of our popular "Moving to Portugal" seminars.
These will take place in the Lisbon Suite at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa, 354 Queenstown Road, London SW11 8AE. The nearest Tube station is Sloane Square which is approx. 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The number 137 and 452 buses stop outside the hotel.
The Moving to Portugal seminars are designed to answer all the questions you may have about how to organise your move to Portugal, whether you intend to run your business from there, retire there or simply spend several months a year there to escape the English climate.Read more...
London, 4th September 2015
Week in review
The ECB has sent equity markets up and the euro as president Draghi stated that the quantitative easing programme may last beyond 2016. The share limit on individual bond issuance purchases has also been raised from the initial limit of 25% to 33%, subject to a case-by-case verification that this would not create a situation whereby the Eurosystem would have blocking minority power, in which case the issue share limit would remain at 25%.Read more...
Algarve, 2nd July 2015
Portuguese Chamber 2015 Algarve Golf Day
The Chamber’s 2015 Algarve Golf Day and Dinner took place in the balmy surroundings of the Boavista Golf and Spa Resort at Lagos, Algarve, a leading resort which is a long time Corporate member and supporter of the Chamber. Assistant Golf Director Antonio Ferreira da Silva organised an excellent tournament for Chamber members, and keen golfers from the Conrad Algarve Hotel, Boavista, Credential Partners, Blevins Franks, Fiduciary Management, and Braganca Bruno, among others, took part.Read more...
London, 6th November 2017
The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK organised the second edition of the Business in Portuguese conference in London on Tuesday 31st October. Each year the conference discusses different aspects of doing business in Portuguese-speaking countries, and this year it was sponsored by the international law firm Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira.
Across the globe Lusophone countries cover a land mass the size of Canada and contain over 290m people – indeed Portuguese is currently the third most used language on Facebook, the sixth most spoken language in the world, and the first most spoken language in the southern hemisphere. The emerging markets of Brazil, Angola and Mozambique, in particular, offer outstanding business opportunities, but also significant challenges.
At this conference, two panels discussed financing businesses in Lusophone countries, and then the problems of sustainability and good governance in these markets.Read more...
London, 13th January 2015
PCBN monthly networking drinks kicks off the new year
The Chamber started 2015 in true business style, with its monthly open house networking drinks, held at the Blue Boar Bar in the Conrad St James hotel near Westminster’s Parliament Square.
50 + British and Portuguese business people attended, from a variety of backgrounds, including investment bankers, security consultants, architects, builders, food importers, television producers and lawyers. We also had the pleasure of welcoming the Portuguese Ambassador in the UK; Mr João de Vallera and distinguished Portuguese lawyer and hotelier José Miguel Judice.Read more...
London, 10th June 2016
Conference "Business in Portuguese – Meet Business Leaders from Portuguese-Speaking Countries”
The Portuguese Chamber organised the second Business in Portuguese conference and networking lunch on Wednesday 8th June at the European HQ of Bloomberg in London.
Our conference partners were Bloomberg, the world-leading news and financial data organization, and the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CE-CPLP).
The conference discussed business opportunities in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tomé and Timor with an audience of 150+ potential investors from the City of London.Read more...
London, 2nd November 2016
New Portuguese-owned restaurant Caco & Co has recently opened in London W12.
New Portuguese-owned restaurant Caco & Co has recently opened in London W12 9B.
The Caco&Co venue in Shepherd's Bush, 116-118 Askew Road, London W12 9B is a new Mediterranean restaurant concept inspired by an iconic bread made in the Portuguese island of Madeira called "Bolo do Caco". This bread is beautifully and simply made by hand with love, sweet potato flour, sea salt and water, and adds a special flavour to the fish and meat served with it.Read more...
London, 12th January 2017
2016 – A year in view
Chamber members now total 137, with 19 new company and individual members having joined us during 2016. These include companies from diverse fields like investment banking, steel construction, wealth managers, psychologists, consumer marketing, interior design and refurbishment, as well as specialist property insurers. There is no question that the UK market is key to Portugal’s export-led recovery.
In 2016 the Chamber organised 27 events, among which were two large conferences, three large receptions or gala dinners, four specialist seminars and eight events in Portugal.
This compares with 25 events organised by us in 2015, but with the important addition of the “Business in Portuguese” conference which we organised at Bloomberg’s European headquarters in London in June 2016. This attracted an audience of 100+ financiers and investors, who discussed Portugal’s role in Portuguese-speaking Africa and Latin America. We believe this conference will be an important addition to our events calendar going forward.
Other highlights of 2016 wereRead more...
London, 11th August 2017
The Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is organising the third edition of the conference Business in Portuguese on the 31stOctober 2017 at Bloomberg Auditorium at Bloomberg’s European HQ in London at Finsbury Sq, EC2.
Portuguese-speaking countries across the globe cover a land mass the size of Canada and contain over 290 million people. The investment opportunities in Brazil, Angola and Mozambique, in particular, are outstanding. Portugal is the natural bridge to these markets. Present at the conference will be CEOs with particular expertise in Lusophone markets, who will discuss financing businesses in Portuguese-speaking countries and how they are adapting their investments to fit their environmental, sustainability and good governance (ESG) programmes.Read more...
Lisbon 27th October 2017
Ahead of his visit, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “Portugal and the UK have the oldest bilateral Alliance in the world: the Treaty of Windsor, signed on 9 May 1386. In Lisbon I will discuss how to strengthen our friendship and ensure that after the UK leaves the EU we continue to have a strong, special and modern alliance.”Read more...
London, 29th June 2015
Week in review: All about Greece
Following weeks of intense negotiations to extend the bailout programme, talks collapsed last week, as Greek PM Tsipras called for a referendum on the measures required by Greece's creditors, due to take place on Sunday 5 July. A bailout extension until the day of the referendum was rejected. Anyway, PM Tsipras has sent a new request which was leaked this morning by the FT and a temporary extension may yet be agreed on, though that is unlikely.
Following these news the ECB decided on Sunday to leave unchanged the amount of lending to Greek banks under its emergency lending facility (ELA) at the same level as Friday 26th. In order to avoid a bank run and the collapse of the financial system that is currently under significant stress, the Government has imposed capital controls, closing banks until after the referendum, forbidding withdrawals over 60 euros daily and pre-approval of all transfers to accounts abroad. The European Commission has considered these measures appropriate to contain the short term risks to the financial sector but request that capital controls be lifted as soon as possible.Read more...