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  • A collective effort

    A collective effort

    In a recent episode of South Park, the boys try their hand at crowdfunding. Their plan is simple: set up a new company with a catchy name and do nothing, except watch the money roll in. “There’s more to starting a company than just a catchy name,”...

  • In richness and in wealth

    In richness and in wealth

    Being the CEO of Microsoft translates into a lot of column inches. In recent days, two metaphorical inches got plenty of editorial highlights for Satya Nadella. The first was when Nadella, the Indian-American executive who took over as Microsoft...

  • Qualified training in EU aviation security standards

    Qualified training in EU aviation security standards

    Maltese companies which previously sought to train their key security personnel and have them qualified in aviation security encountered difficulties in finding trainers and many times had to resort to foreign trainers. G4S Malta is now positioned...

  • Going direct

    Going direct

    Paying bills is already, by its very own nature, not something we look forward to. Add to it the bother of sending cheques by mail, having to go to your service providers’ office to pay them directly, or waiting behind a long and winding queue at...

  • Looking good

    Looking good

    They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And it is: finding someone attractive is a very subjective experience and depends on your singular and individual tastes. The same applies to many other things in life, from travel and food to...

  • Power to the paying people

    Power to the paying people

    The plot was simple enough: put Breaking Bad dolls on Toys R Us shelves and sell them. Yet true to the nature of AMC’s hit series, the plot could only twist and turn and end badly. In fact, as a reaction to the action figures, a Florida mother...

  • Fill up on green

    Fill up on green

    Around 15 per cent of licenced cars on local roads are commercial vehicles. What is their burden on local roads, in terms of usage, pollution and congestion? Unfortunately there is no data or studies that have over the years computed the overall...

  • Growing global

    Growing global

    Fimbank recently inaugurated its branch in Greece. What services will the Athens branch be offering? Fimbank’s Athens branch will be providing a comprehensive range of trade finance, forfeiting, factoring and banking solutions, targeting corporate...

  • An online challenge

    An online challenge

    When buying online, Maltese prefer to buy from foreign merchants rather than Maltese ones. The Malta Communications Authority has launched the National eCommerce Strategy to support the take-up of eCommerce and the provision of eCommerce-related...

  • Coffee with the business ladies

    Coffee with the business ladies

    Sitting down for a cup of coffee and chatting to a friend seems quite the normal thing to do. However, during these chats, most women rarely steer the conversation towards business matters, seeming to prefer sharing information about their...

  • The Maltese bank for SMEs

    The Maltese bank for SMEs

    Bank of Valletta has built a reputation for being the local bank close to the business community, striving not only to meet its customers’ expectations, but as much as possible to anticipate them. Flexibility underpinned by responsible and...

  • Corporate Social Responsibilities

    Corporate Social Responsibilities

    HSBC UK Contact Centre (HBEU) has raised €17,312 from staff donations for a range of charities and community projects in the first six months of 2014. Staff contributed in a variety of ways to support the missions of Ursuline Sisters Creche, The...

  • A key asset

    A key asset

    In human resources, sourcing and identifying the perfect candidate to match a particular job is one of the most challenging and important tasks. Recruitment agencies enable employers to manage the costs and risks involved, reducing the hassle of...

  • Strengthening your potential

    Learning never stops. If you want to remain an expert at what you do, you need to keep yourself abreast with the developments in the industry. Only then can your career move forward. “Courses and further training that lead to accreditations are a...

  • Developing a learning organisation

    Developing a learning organisation

    From your experience, do local employers acknowledge the importance of training and invest accordingly? Training and development should always be seen as an investment rather than a cost. No business should be run purely with an accountant’s...

  • The sustainable school in Bali

    The sustainable school in Bali

    Maria Farrugia works at Green School in Bali, which is pioneering a new model of learning that connects sustainability lessons from nature with experiential education. Melanie Vella listens to nature. Another continent, another ocean.

  • New beginnings

    New beginnings

    Any major changes in our lives bring with them some challenges because they are a departure from what has been familiar, tried, tested and true, to something new and forward-looking. A typical example of this is a change of job or career, whether...

  • Because staffing is personal

    Because staffing is personal

      By making things more personal, you give them more meaning while gaining a deeper insight into the real essence of the object you are about to experience. Personalisation in business is about giving a soul, a tangible experience that the user...

  • Ready for launch

    Ready for launch

    Benjamin McClure Takeoff manager What are the main foundations of a knowledge-based economy? Knowledge-based economies are founded on ideas and innovations. I’m pleased to say that a new generation of bright, technically-skilled graduates here in...

  • Minding the gap

    Minding the gap

    In a country where we are often pushed to race from one exam to the next, taking a gap year in between studies it not common. Veronica Stivala speaks to two students and their parents about the ups and downs of having a break. Marta Vella No time...

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