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  • And yet more jam?

    In February 2012 we wrote an article (‘Jam today, jam tomorrow’) which really explored the potential of equities as income generators. We made the observation that in 2011 the dividend payout by UK listed companies increased by 26 per cent to £68...

  • Business does not do gratitude

    Business does not do gratitude

    Twenty-five years ago the then minister of finance told me how the first lesson he learnt in business and politics was that genuine gratitude is indeed a rare virtue. But ordinary people often understand the power of gratitude. It is not all that...

  • Marsaxlokk sailing close

    A successful and timely outcome to the power station and gas feeder project is essential for a number of reasons, all of them obvious. The obvious, however, does not clear the air. That will not happen so long as there is risk attached to the...

  • Seeking redress for IPR infringement

    Seeking redress for IPR infringement

    The internet is global. It knows no borders. That universality means that website content can be viewed from anywhere in the world. Worldwide access exposes website operators and internet publishers to the possibility of being hauled into courts...

  • Business support services: The puzzling lack of uptake

    Business support services: The puzzling lack of uptake

    At a recent BOV conference on Maltese SMEs and the EU budget, Karl Herrera, head of incentives at Malta Enterprise, candidly admitted he didn’t know why the “take up” of services was so disappointing. I would argue that, despite good intentions,...

  • An Irish blueprint for healthcare reform

    An Irish blueprint for healthcare reform

    Most EU countries are struggling to cope with major structural re­forms that have become both urgent and important for future economic prosperity. Long-term and youth unemployment, underperforming educational systems, as well as increasingly...

  • Tough year ahead in public finances

    One of the hardest tasks facing our finance ministers for years has been the structural deficit in the public finances. It has been high and stubborn, thereby contributing to extensive growth of the national debt. For that reason alone, apart from...

  • No exemption for spas from copyright fees

    No exemption for spas from copyright fees

    Spas cannot freely transmit music to their guests without paying royalties to the copyright holders of such musical works, the Court of Justice of the European Union recently affirmed. The EU copyright directive obliges member states to ensure...

  • For a better representation in Europe

    For a better representation in Europe

    The 2014 European elections are around the corner. Come May, European citizens will vote and elect their representatives to sit on the 751-strong legislative body. The MEPs will voice their electorate’s opinions on various new EU laws and policies...

  • The interest rate conundrum

    The interest rate conundrum

    In recent months we heard calls for commercial banks to lower the interest rates they charge on lending. This thread started when at the annual dinner of the Institute of Financial Services – which is the high-profile annual gathering of Malta’s...

  • The way to achieve gender equality in the boardroom

    The way to achieve gender equality in the boardroom

    The gender quota discussion is one that has engendered heated debate for several years now. I personally have mixed feelings regarding the subject but based on my experience as a woman in business for over 15 years I have regretfully come to the...

  • UK economy faring better than expected

    UK economy faring better than expected

    With the UK general election just over a year away, the battle lines are being drawn by the three major political parties. The state of the economy as well as its future prospects will be what will determine who will win the next election in the...

  • Tall order for Enemalta

    Good news does not pour forth regu­larly from Ene­malta Corpora­tion. Rather the opposite. In re­cent months the emphasis seems to have been on corruption and bribery running amok in the entity. Without one investigation being concluded, room for...

  • New EU procurement rules

    New EU procurement rules

    Public procurement is a huge business. Nearly one-fifth of the EU’s €13 trillion gross domestic product consists of the bloc’s public procurement. The EU public procurement rules regulate how public bodies spend public money, through purchases of...

  • Why not offer more workplace freedom?

    Why not offer more workplace freedom?

    I tend to like to consider new business-management ideas since that’s how we all learn to improve and beat the competition in this fast changing world. Beyond our shores, new ways of organising the workplace are being tried and if they become...

  • Will Italian politics ever change?

    Will Italian politics ever change?

    Italy has yet another new Prime Minister. Does this mean that Italian politics is changing? Will Matteo Renzi, an unelected Prime Minister, bring about the structural changes that the Italian economy needs so badly to give this fascinating country...

  • Solution to energy fraud

    The main questions that should be entertaining the minds of those responsible for controlling the public purse in regard to the Enemalta smart meters scam are when it all began and how it could have happened. The government and the Opposition...

  • Of hyperlinks and copyright

    Of hyperlinks and copyright

    It is perfectly permissible for the owner of a website to redirect internet users, via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently confirmed. He...

  • Bits and bytes in the boardroom

    Bits and bytes in the boardroom

    Directors need to understand the opportunities and challenges of big data and be prepared to ask the right questions to help their organisations develop an appropriate and strategic approach to capturing, analysing and capitalising on the...

  • Is entitlement culture holding us back?

    Is entitlement culture holding us back?

    Politicians of the right often used the phrase ‘culture of entitlement’ to attack the welfare state and the poor who depend so much on social support to survive in a world were social solidarity is becoming increasingly scarce. I do not believe...

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