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Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to Portugal

March 2022

Lisbon, Portugal


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The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites Northern Powerhouse based businesses to express their interest in an upcoming mission to Portugal, taking place in March 2022. The mission programme is aimed at businesses in the Smart Cities, Technology, Energy & Renewables sectors, and will provide the unique opportunity to explore and develop trade and collaboration opportunities links within this market.

Portugal is the UK’s fourth biggest export market and ranks 39th in ease of doing business, with an 
ever-growing economy.

Smart Cities & Technology

  • Smart Cities and Future Mobility are considered a priority by the Portuguese government, as well as an increasing number of municipalities.
  • Investment in sustainability projects for urban areas are expected to increase over the next decade.
  • The Portuguese government is supporting existing technology clusters and launched several funding programmes linked to digital transformation.
  • Telecom operators are preparing for the next stage in innovation and looking for co-development opportunities with other tech providers.

Energy & Renewables
Portugal is prioritising becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and investing £11 billion towards clean energy project. Business opportunities exist in:

  • Grid Infrastructure/Smart Grids
  • Large Scale Solar Energy
  • Offshore Wind 
  • Green Hydrogen
  • Energy Storage
  • Interconnection projects between Spain, Portugal and France & project for a connection with Morocco


A sign-up fee of £275 will be required.

Closing Date for Expressions of Interest:
Thursday 23rd December 2021

Eligible SMEs may qualify for financial support towards the cost of flights and accommodation. Please speak to your local DIT team for information on the financial support that may be available. 

Companies must be based in the UK Northern Powerhouse region. This EOI does not guarantee your place on the mission, applicants will be contacted if they are successful in being considered for the mission.

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