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  • Experience and dedication

    What expertise does the team behind Express Logigroup have? Express Logigroup is a high-performance logistics provider which has been set up with the main objective of providing an alternative solution to the traditional logistical issues usually...

  • A passage to Europe and beyond

    H­aving an island mentality frequently carries negative overtones. Discussions about our small island status are liberally flavoured with the notions of being too introspective, inward looking and limited. Yet being an island does have its positives.

  • Tours of Duty mobility

    In the UK, one in three workers stays in a job for less than two years, and a CEB (Corporate Executive Board) study carried out in 2010 in America revealed that as much as a quarter of the employer-identified, high-potential employees “… plan to...

  • Financial services is ahead of the pack in the fight against corruption

    Employees working in financial services are better trained to spot corruption and more likely to take action if they suspect fraud than employees in other sectors, according to the EY EMEIA Fraud Survey. The survey asked more than 3,000 board...

  • Wanted: Liquid assets for collateral optimisation

    In December 2012, EU leaders agreed to postpone the implementation of new banking regulatory capital measures under Basel III, potentially to the end of 2013 or January 2014. This has allowed regulators and bankers alike, across Europe, to breathe...

  • Strategy is not planning

    Please let me get something off my chest. Strategy is not planning, planning is not strategy and “strategic planning” is the ultimate in managerial muddles. What about the position of Strategic Planning Officer that companies designate? Well, how...

  • The economics of competition: a new business perspective

    Competition is one of the key drivers of excellence. Without the threat of being outsmarted and outpaced in potentially every facet of our endeavours, there is a high probability that elements of complacency and mediocrity set in. By pursuing...

  • Preparing for catastrophe

    You would have undoubtedly heard of the tragic loss of life and extensive damage to property in recent windstorms in Oklahoma. The insured losses alone are estimated at close to $3.5 billion, and the human cost would be sadly immeasurable. Now,...

  • Uncovering those hidden weaknesses in your business

    Hidden exposures in business: these are what effective internal controls can help uncover. In recent years, we have witnessed and suffered the higher costs that can result when these threats remain unchecked. Where do the blind spots lurk in your...

  • Europe’s austerity-to-growth shift seen as largely semantic

    To listen to some European leaders, especially in France, you would think the era of austerity was over and the eurozone was going full steam ahead to revive economic growth. In a striking change of tone, European Commission President José Manuel...

  • La Scala opera house heads take 10% cut

    The head of Milan's La Scala opera house and the world famous conductor Daniel Barenboim have taken a 10 percent salary cut to help slash the company's debt, Italian media reported. After several years of culture budget cuts, imposed as a ...

  • Malta and the Council of Europe Development Bank

    In June 2013 Malta will host the annual meeting of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). It will be 40 years since Malta joined the Bank, previously known as the Social Fund. After joining in 1973, Malta took several loans for social housing.

  • It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark

    At the risk of sounding irreverent and profane, without a shadow of a doubt Noah wrote the first textbook about risk management. Admittedly he had good connections and prior warning, but despite the fact that there was not a cloud in the sky and...

  • Crisis hits Naples artisans

    Their hand-crafted Nativity scenes are world renowned but artisans on a famous Naples street warn they may not be around for much longer as the economic crisis hits their family businesses. “It’s a nightmare, the crisis is really starting to hit...

  • US, EU banks face rough year ahead

    Stalling economies, crumbling assets, tough new capital rules and shrinking avenues to make money paint a rough year ahead for banks on both sides of the Atlantic. That spells bad news for the economies that depend on banks to fuel investment by...

  • The EU VAT refund claim: How does it work?

    Would you like to optimise your cash flow potential? Have you ever thought of recovering VAT on expenses incurred abroad? Are you overlooking the opportunity to recover this VAT due to the complexity of the refund claim application? Local...

  • Poland’s young and creative people

    Poland has one of the best educated societies in the European Union. Young people make up 30.2 per cent of the population who study, work and learn foreign languages. In their minds great and creative ideas thus flourish, creating the face of...

  • Regulating traditional herbal medicines

    The use of plants, in a wide variety of forms, for their therapeutic value is widespread. Indeed, alternative herbal medicine preceded traditional medicine and now sits comfortably alongside main­stream medicine, with many even considering it as a...

  • Local shares strongly underperform in Q1

    During the first quarter of 2011 all major international stockmarkets were im­pacted by two unexpected events which occurred in quick succession – the escalating crisis in the Arab world which quickly spread to Libya and the devastating natural...

  • ECB hikes rates; euro higher on monetary policy outlook

    Last week, on Thursday, the European Central Bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 1.25 per cent as was widely anticipated by markets. This marked the first time since July 2008 that the ECB raised its “refi” rate. In the news...

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