"What does our logo mean?" asked Ana, our intern. "Why don't you share it on your webpage?" Well observed! Our logo is a tulip with the colors of both the Portuguese and the Dutch flags, made a few years ago by of of our interns. As Ana had this doubt, more people might had question it as well, so we decided to explain the story to you!
Many people find us via other people, since our Chamber has long been the primary source for entrepreneurs doing business between both countries. We have a great network and many people experience the solidarity of fellow entrepreneurs as a valid asset for exploring their business opportunities. No doubt your fellow members and our organisation can add value to your business as well. So why don't you join us today?
The added value of membership of the Chamber started briefly after my arrival in Portugal 2,5 years ago. Having access to a vast network of experts in different fields. Via the contacts in the Chamber I got in touch with areas I needed at that time.
For example: a real estate agency, investors in hotels, project developers in Algarve, discussing a joint promotional activity with a FMCG company, access to other business networks.
It is a continuous source of inspiration: you exchange expertise, information and knowledge: giving and taking. If you are active it can really benefit your business!
“Our company SAPEC makes use of the expertise of the Chamber to find investment leads for a big Port infrastructure project near Lisbon, called Blue Atlantic. The collaboration has been very pleasant. With a cooperative and proactive spirit contacts have been promoted with the right feeling for leads that could be potentially interested in the project. For one of our projects a very good solution has been identified. It goes without saying that SAPEC will keep seeking the advice of the Chamber to promote the projects we have in hands.”
"What an experience to go to college, meet entrepreneurs and the public sector of Lisbon and the municipality of Barreiro, help a museum and have lunch with the Dutch Ambassador at his residence. I came back motivated and full of ideas. The Chamber made it an unforgettable experience with their network and connections in all different segments. Thank you Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and TIAS Business School for these enriching moments".
Participant of study visit 2016 by TIAS Business School and the Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
We have a company in Portugal, specialized in smart ambience control via air conditioners and films/película on windows. Our unique selling points are short and long term operational lease and fast delivery out of our fleet of machines. In North Western Europe digital contacts and information are the basis to start up contacts for business. Here in Portugal one depends on the face to face relation for any kind of business. In order to realize this social-business-network the Chamber is the best spider and they are controlling the web very well.
For me their Liaison Officer for the South, Mr. Frans Spijker, was and is of great help by introducing my company in the Algarve, in the South of Portugal. We did realize orders and some quotations are still in the pipeline.
For business purposes and without face to face contact you are nothing in Portugal. One has to make full use of the web like an entity as the “Câmara de Comércio Portugal Holanda”.
TIAS international business study trip means experiencing Lisbon as if living a full life in one week. Amazing and insightful. Well managed by Marjon and the Chamber of Commerce team.
"Along 2014 the Chamber supported a leading Dutch corporate company in the manufacturing industry to verify the possibility of setting up a factory in Portugal. Possible locations, subsidies and employment opportunities were analysed and local visits took place.
We received the following reference:
"We have been working successfully together for many years and in 2014 Marjon and her team provided an excellent local support for a complex and large-scale investment project"
The Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent resource for our business. The Chamber provides multiple channels for business awareness and networking opportunities. Being a member of the Chamber has really made a difference in helping expand Exaud’s business visibility and growth in The Netherlands.
"We would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for liaising on our behalf with the Modefabriek fair in Amsterdam.
Thanks to your intervention the Modefabriek did everything within their power to help us further expanding our fashion brand in the Netherlands. We foresee our participation in the next edition of this special fair. This will help us in identifying new companies to contact and on how to market our brand".
"We are currently in the process of establishing contacts in the Dutch market. Doing so we made a business trip to Netherlands with Mr. Armando da Cruz, to present our product "Youbeep" to retailers from Plus and Coop. They liked the concept and we feel that we can have an opportunity to trial and sell our product during the next months.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Chamber and to give a special thank you to Mr. Armando da Cruz, board member of the Dutch-Portuguese Chamber, for supporting us on this journey and for helping us through his network in Netherlands. We believe this support can help us open doors and move faster. It will create strong relationships that could become profitable for all in the future and can help future Chamber members to follow the same path."
COMNED was founded with the purpose of providing SME's the adequate advice in response to an increasing demand of European sourcing. Based in the North of Portugal (Guimarães) and with Dutch roots, we work with local and international partners to provide comprehensive information and services, not solely but mainly between the countries of the Netherlands and Portugal.
Michiel has over 30 years of experience in banking and private equity. Since 2006, he has been active in private equity in the financial sector and in real estate, mainly in emerging markets in Europe, Asia and Africa.
A passionate Dutch hotelier, Rob Hornman secured his first General Manager position in Jakarta at age 28. His career has since led him from Europe to Asia, and most recently to Africa...
At their estate Coelheirinhas in Elvas, the Dutch Mirjam Buil and Sjaak Brouwer initiated their dairy farm in 1999 with 35 cows. At present they have 450 cows, of which 250 are milk cows and 200 are calfs.