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  • The Family Business Act: from a dream to reality?

    The Family Business Act: from a dream to reality?

    In 2011, the Malta Association of Family Enterprises (MAFE) was set up with the objective of acting as a lobby group to actively raise awareness on the importance of family businesses to the Maltese economy. The resilience of family enterprises...

  • An engaging customer experience

    Borders Group, a company that used to operate more than 500 bookshops in the US and 150 in Australia and Singapore, closed all its retail outlets abruptly in 2011. This resulted in thousands of job losses. In one of the shops, the manager, who had...

  • Card on the table

    Card on the table

    The Universe card is a local product that offers exclusive and international products and services, say Timothy Zrinzo, CEO Insignia Cards Limited and Frederick Ellul, CEO Insignia Lifestyle Services (Europe) Limited. How has Insignia Group of...

  • Investing in our people

    Investing in our people

    How has Tipico grown since it was set up? Established in 2004, Tipico is the leading sports betting company in the German market. Headquartered at the Portomaso Business Tower in St Julian’s, Tipico offers a wide range of pre-live and live sports...

  • A record year

    A record year

    2014 was the best year ever for Frank Salt Real Estate, with an increase in sales revenue by 48 per cent. This was reported during the company’s annual general conference, held earlier this month at the Corinthia St George’s Bay Hotel. All results...

  • Brand Gozo

    Brand Gozo

    Gozo is a lucky island. It has been named by the American Islands Magazine as one of the best overall islands for living in the world. It features in many best-of lists when it comes to island travel. It made it into the best 10 European island...

  • Makes business sense

    Makes business sense

    Every business exists to make money: from a small corner shop to a large corporation, profit is the end goal of any business. However, a sustainable business goes beyond that. A company that wants to secure its existence, rival competition, and...

  • Show me the money

    Show me the money

    The paramount importance of protecting a business’s intellectual property is rooted in its use as a means of identification of that business’s product, goods or services, distinguishing the same from those of other competing organisations. To the...

  • There must be an angel

    There must be an angel

    Angel investment could soon become an interesting proposition, particularly due to the government budget announcement to offer tax credits to investors putting their money into start-ups. What are the opportunities and risks for business angels,...

  • A vision for success

    A vision for success

    Fifty years ago, Optika opened its first outlet in Sliema. Since then, our growth has always been based on the trust between our customers and staff, says Cyril Gabarretta, managing director, Optika. What inspired you to open your first Optika...

  • Yes they can

    Yes they can

    JA-YE Malta CEO Julian Azzopardi tells Veronica Stivala how the Young Enterprise programme has inspired some of Malta’s successful business owners and senior managers. Have you ever heard of stress-free studying? You may have heard of DistractMe,...

  • The road to recovery

    The road to recovery

    Malta Government Stocks are synonymous with the Maltese investor. Retail investors have historically found comfort in the stability in MGS pricing and built wealth by continuing to invest more money in MGS. But effectively, how much wealthier are...

  • Momentum investing – going with the flow

    Few investment strategies have withstood the test of time, have been as extensively researched, or have been as profitable as momentum investing. In the book entitled Trend Following with Managed Futures: The Search for Crisis Alpha, the authors...

  • The Church, its teachings, and its teachers: striking a difficult balance

    Recent news reports have brought to the fore growing tensions between the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) and a number of church schools who are adamant that their teachers should first and foremost be good Christians. The questions which arise are...

  • Pressing the accelerator on European equity performance

    Pressing the accelerator on European equity performance

    The European Central Bank’s announcement of Quantitative Easing (QE) at the start of the year can be considered a clear boost for European equity markets. There is no questioning that QE is a stimulus to an economy, just like nitro is to an engine.

  • Insight campaign by Intercontinental

    Insight campaign by Intercontinental

    Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has launched Secrets of the City – a new marketing campaign for its iconic brand. Founded by Pan American World Airways in 1946, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts has...

  • Green light for SME financing before summer

    Green light for SME financing before summer

    Following a decision by the board of the European Investment Bank (EIB), small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) across Europe should be able to benefit from the first funds from the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) before...

  • Profits, productivity and the pursuit of happiness

    Profits, productivity and the pursuit of happiness

    There isn’t much time for self-reflection when you are advising on company takeovers but at Irish corporate law firm William Fry they are giving themselves some serious thought. In between drafting contracts and negotiating deals, over 70 of the...

  • RSM Malta focuses on VAT legislation changes

    RSM Malta focuses on VAT legislation changes

    Audit, tax and advisory firm RSM Malta reported a successful participation at ICE Totally Gaming 2015 – the largest global convention for online and land based gaming operators. This year’s event was held at ExCel London between February 2-4 and...

  • Anticipating a surge in social media usage during 2015

    Anticipating a surge in social media usage during 2015

    Firms are increasingly facing internal and external pressures to enhance their digital presence in social media platforms. This year, many businesses ought to focus on relationship-based interactions and employ inbound marketing techniques for the...

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