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  • 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...

  • Forex as an asset class: enhancing diversification

    Forex as an asset class: enhancing diversification

    The forex market has always been associated with speculation, given its peculiar characteristics, especially regarding the use of leverage, which gives the investor the possibility to actually trade a multiple of the available sum on his trading...

  • We’re in the same room - but are we doing the same thing?

    We’re in the same room - but are we doing the same thing?

    Networking, for many, is a fundamental part of their business life. Whether they like it or not. And some do really love it, while others merely tolerate it and some are overwhelmed. So does it make a difference whether you are a man or a woman? I...

  • ‘Grexit’ would be no easy ride for austerity-weary Greeks

    ‘Grexit’ would be no easy ride for austerity-weary Greeks

    ‘Grexit’ would be sudden, sharp and probably conducted in the dark of night; if Greece were to quit the euro, it would also mark the beginning of a long, hard road – for some harder still than the one already travelled. The new leftist government...

  • Most wealthy hold $3 trillion in residential real estate assets

    Most wealthy hold $3 trillion in residential real estate assets

    Nearly $3 trillion of the world’s private wealth is held in owner-occupied residential properties, a value greater than the GDP of India, a new report by Wealth-X and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand showed. There are 211,275 ultra-high...

  • 6PM provides services to another NHS Trust

    Surrey and Sussex NHS Hospital Trust (SaSH) have been running with 6PM’s CareSolutions Data Warehouse for a number of years and throughout 2014, a major upgrade was undertaken to allow the NHS Trust to accept the new Cerner PIEDW feeds. This has...

  • Maximise your residential property’s rental earnings

    Maximise your residential property’s rental earnings

    Property ownership in Malta is often regarded as a safe return of one’s investment. The Global Property Guide indicates that an annual rental yield of 4.44 per cent is attainable on a property of 120 square metres in the St Julian’s area. Property...

  • Towards fostering a maritime environment

    Towards fostering a maritime environment

    ‘The waves that shape us make us stronger’ was the tag line phrase used for the launch of the integrated maritime policy consultation process. It was a fitting phrase that coined the objective of a policy that would integrate the various maritime...

  • A tailor-made solution

    A tailor-made solution

    Crimsonwing delivered a customised Dynamics NAV Enterprise Resource Planning solution to Insignia Cards Limited, a financial institution and credit card issuer. The aim of this solution was to assist in Insignia’s day-to-day business...

  • Employee empowerment

    Employee empowerment

    What defines a learning organisation? A learning organisation is one which places focus and importance on the development of its employees. It is open to new methods and processes and is also concerned with seeing its employees grow both...

  • Bubble, toil and trouble

    Bubble, toil and trouble

    Friday, March 10, 2000 was a black day for technology companies. The Nasdaq stock exchange opened as usual at 9am but the outlook wasn’t looking good. In fact, stockbrokers were already expecting a disastrous day as in the preceding week, hundreds...

  • Meaning business

    Meaning business

    Don’t believe anyone who says that appearances don’t matter – that’s a sugar-coated lie if ever there was one. Mind you, they’re not everything. However, they are important for pleasure and for work. You still don’t agree? Well, what would your...

  • Unlocking value and ROI through e-business

    Over the past three years, Laferla Insurance has been investing heavily in its e-business platform so as to establish itself as a market leader in the online provisioning of insurance products. The declining effectiveness of mass advertising and...

  • All in the family

    All in the family

    Despite the fact that a large number of local businesses are family-owned, very few actually embark on a formalised and structured process of succession planning. Mario Duca offers some valuable insight to Veronica Stivala. It is estimated...

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