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  • For generations to come

    For generations to come

    Do present legislative conditions allow family businesses to thrive to their fullest potential? Are governments managing to leap over all the hype about the benefits accruing from family business? Are they offering the legislative frameworks to...

  • Care to share?

    Care to share?

    The late 2000s saw the introduction of a novel business model, as social media started allowing groups of people to discuss how they can better utilise resources. Car pooling was the first offering to gain traction in this new sharing model, as it...

  • Trust in growth

    Trust in growth

    There are various pictures hanging in Steven Galea’s office, all showing beautiful landscapes, mountains and lakes. Look closer though and you’ll see that the pictures are in reality jigsaw puzzles, thousands of pieces which Galea assembles in his...

  • An essential guide for family businesses

    An essential guide for family businesses

    Making the next leap in your own family business is wonderfully within reach. The progress stops being a straightforward affair once you realise that for longevity’s sake, you will eventually need to pass on your entrepreneurial gene to your...

  • Winning recognition

    HSBC won seven prizes in The Banker magazine’s Investment Banking Awards 2015, including the accolade for Most Innovative Investment Bank of the Year. The bank was also named Most Innovative Investment Bank in Western Europe as well as Most...

  • Global factoring performance

    Global factoring performance

    The global factoring market is experiencing strong growth, says Jason Zammit, head of public and media relations, first vice president, Fimbank plc. Factoring is a complete financial package that combines working capital financing, credit risk...

  • Reality check on equity markets

    Reality check on equity markets

    On August 24, 2015, equity markets suffered a shock which sent investors into panic mode. On that day the Euro Stoxx 50 fell by five per cent, a one-day correction which was compared to the five per cent drop suffered on January 23, 2008, when...

  • A strategy for the future

    A strategy for the future

    The financial services sector has become a major force in the country’s economy, says Ivan Grech, business development manager, FinanceMalta. What is your role at FinanceMalta? FinanceMalta is a relatively young organisation, having been...

  • Crowd puller

    Crowd puller

    Crowdfunding gives start-ups an alternative access to finance, says Karl Grech, who has been appointed as crowdfunding platform manager and entrusted to develop the business for the first Maltese crowdfunding platform. The Malta Business Bureau...

  • Protecting your most valuable asset

    Protecting your most valuable asset

    A good home insurance policy will ease the burden and financial constraints should the worst happen, Anthony Cauchi, general manager, Elmo Insurance, says. Have the amount of homes insured increased in the past years? The property market has...

  • The cost of international university education

    The cost of international university education

    Over three-quarters (77 per cent) of parents surveyed in the latest HSBC Value of Education report would consider sending their child abroad to university, but many underestimate the extra cost. New research from HSBC across 16 countries reveals...

  • A wealth of experience

    A wealth of experience

    Effective wealth management is built on trust and long-term commitment, Kevin Cassar, Blevins Franks regional wealth manager, says. It frequently happens that the values and attitude of an employee are reflected in those of the employer and vice...

  • Protecting your investments

    Protecting your investments

    Many consumers are probably not aware of the benefits, rights, obligations and protection which arise from directives, local legislation and court judgements. The MFSA’s Consumer Complaints Unit, which is tasked with educating consumers in this...

  • Building a global mindset

    Building a global mindset

    What is your experience with start-ups? I started my entrepreneurial journey in 2006, when I co-founded a human resource training company in Estonia – it’s still in business. In 2008-2010, I worked as a business consultant, helping companies...

  • Providing support

    Providing support

    The PwC €1 million Start-Up Fund is an initiative whereby PwC Malta assists start-ups with innovative business ideas, by providing pro-bono advisory services. To date, PwC Malta received 91 applications. Applications are reviewed by a selection...

  • New managing director appointed

    New managing director appointed

    Calamatta Cuschieri has announced the appointment of Michael Galea as managing director of two of its group companies, namely its investment management and fund services divisions. This move is in line with recent developments within Calamatta...

  • Thinking global

    Thinking global

    Start-ups bring out the talent, attract investment, and spark innovation says Bernard Agius, business and innovation development manager, Malta Communications Authority. Why are start-ups important for the Maltese economy? We are living in the...

  • The games they play

    The games they play

    Can you play and study at the same time? Now it’s possible as MCAST and university students take up MITA’s challenge to gamify learning and test it out in the real world. Meeting young students who have ambition, ideas and a clear vision of what...

  • Starting up your business, the right way

    Setting up a business could be a life-changing experience in many ways. On the upside of things it can be a rewarding experience, but on the opposite end, various factors create different risks that make running a business challenging. Thus, the...

  • Generation Y not?

    Generation Y not?

    You’ve seen them: young people plugged into their electronic devices, tapping away at their laptops in cafes, and discussing their ideas with anyone willing to listen. And you’ve probably dismissed them as young hopefuls. But don’t because these...

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