Portugal’s economic history is rich with success; historically they were a major force in the economic trade and were able to create strong trade links with a number of continents. In addition to this, Portugal’s inclusion of the European Community in 1986 and adoption of the Euro in 1999 boosted their economic fortunes, particularly in the agricultural sector. Unfortunately, the economic crisis of 2008 largely affected Portugal and in turn forced them to ask international lenders to assist them in re-building their economy. This crisis continues to have some impact on the state of Portugal; however it is certainly not all doom and gloom. Portugal hosts some of the leading companies trading worldwide in paper (Grupo Portucel Soporcel), wood-based panels (Sonae Indústria), cork (Corticeira Amorim) and canned fish (Conservas Ramirez) and they continue to export other goods including textiles, clothing and electrical equipment. In addition to this the country is becoming increasingly successful in exporting footwear in response to the demand created by both Kate and Pippa Middleton wearing them for the Royal wedding in 2011. In fact Helsar, a leading Portuguese footwear specialist, has lifted export sales from 9% to 70%.