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  • Seeking opportunities abroad

    Seeking opportunities abroad

    While the domestic market generates a healthy demand, there are still limitations. For a business that is doing well and wants to expand, the Maltese market could be too small and could stifle growth. The way forward would be for a business to...

  • Improving Malta by design

    For some, design might mean the superficial polish of nicer homes and cleaner graphics. However, despite often being underestimated, design can bring significant benefits and solutions to businesses. Perhaps more importantly, it opens up the doors...

  • High net worth individuals: funding avenue for Maltese family businesses

    It is widely acknowledged that SMEs are the backbone of the Maltese economy. In the same vein, family businesses can be symbolically visualised as its beating heart, playing a strategic role for the economic development of the Maltese...

  • Business could be better

    Business could be better

    On the face of it, Malta has the goods to attract international investors and support local entrepreneurs. These positive elements vary from social and political stability, EU membership and an educated, multilingual and hardworking workforce to a...

  • The Turkish connection

    The Turkish connection

    Turkey is clearly one of the world’s most dynamic and attractive markets and its EU accession negotiations are leading to significant opportunities for Maltese companies in a broad range of sectors. Admittedly, Turkey’s bid for EU membership has...

  • 11 years of growth and counting

    11 years of growth and counting

    Tipico’s origins lie with a group of childhood friends in Germany in the late 1990s. Some were experts in bookmaking, and others well versed in software and hardware development. They teamed up with one of the leading lawyers in the German...

  • 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...

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