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  • A success story

    A success story

    Start-ups joining the BizSpark programme gain access to all of Microsoft’s development and infrastructure tools needed to run the business. Advice is also provided on the best use of tools to cater for the start-up’s specific needs such as Visual...

  • Compliance officer for Mapfre

    Compliance officer for Mapfre

    Josianne Briffa has been appointed compliance officer for Mapfre Middlesea, taking over from Carlo Farrugia who will retain his position as company secretary. Ms Briffa will retain her current positions as compliance officer for MSV Life and...

  • A stronger public safety watchdog

    The government has commissioned a review of safety at public events but even a cursory read of the report prepared by the CEO of the Occupational Health and Safety Authority, Mark Gauci, shows the glaring shortcomings at present. The report was...

  • Paul Abela reconfirmed as GRTU president

    Paul Abela reconfirmed as GRTU president

    Paul Abela has been confirmed as GRTU president for the year 2016. The executive council also elected six vice presidents as follows: Philip Fenech – policy and strategy; Marcel Mizzi – finance and administration; Christian Vassallo – sections;...

  • Justice reform for commercial law

    Justice reform for commercial law

    I write with reference to the interview with Justice Minister Owen Bonnici carried in The Business Observer on January 14 in relation to the ministry’s initiatives to speed up commercial cases. Needless to say, every initiative is commendable.

  • Internationalisation strategies of companies

    Internationalisation strategies of companies

    A number of local institutional as well as retail investors claim that due to the limited growth opportunities in Malta, they prefer having a larger proportion of their investment portfolios exposed to foreign companies listed on the more liquid...

  • db San Antonio Hotel + Spa appoints new general manager

    db San Antonio Hotel + Spa appoints new general manager

    Bradley Dingli has been appointed general manager of db San Antonio Hotel + Spa, Qawra, succeeding Vincent Degiorgio who has become the director of the db Hotels + Resorts chain. Mr Dingli has a 17-year track record in the hospitality industry,...

  • Incorvaja takes over Le Méridien

    Incorvaja takes over Le Méridien

    Alex Incorvaja has taken the role of general manager at the five-star Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Alex has the perfect profile for taking this property forward. His extensive background in hotel...

  • HSBC Malta CEO says Maltese economy is poised for growth

    HSBC Malta CEO says Maltese economy is poised for growth

    Malta was an integral part of the story of a changing world and was well positioned to capitalise on the opportunities the future global economy holds for the country, HSBC Bank Malta CEO Andrew Beane said. Mr Beane was speaking at The Economist’s...

  • New board at JCI Malta

    New board at JCI Malta

    A new JCI Malta board took office in January for 2016, led by Clayton Mercieca as national president. The other officials are Annalisa Schembri – immediate past president; Rachel Cassar – deputy president and vice-president international; Daniela...

  • Hotel Juliani named top hotel in Malta for 2016

    Hotel Juliani named top hotel in Malta for 2016

    Hotel Juliani has won TripAdvisor’s well-respected Travellers’ Choice award for 2016 for the second consecutive year, securing its place among the top one per cent of hotels in the world. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable...

  • The Phoenicia wins prestigious 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

    The Phoenicia wins prestigious 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

    Malta’s longest-established 5-star hotel, The Phoenicia, has won the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Luxury Hotels, having already won multiple TripAdvisor Awards including the coveted Certificate of Excellence last year. TripAdvisor...

  • Frank Salt appointed exclusive agent for Business Office Services in Mrieħel

    Frank Salt appointed exclusive agent for Business Office Services in Mrieħel

    Frank Salt Real Estate has recently been engaged as sole agents for Malta’s latest high-profile office development – Business Offices Services International (BOSI) in Mrieħel. “If one is looking for office space in Malta, BOSI’s rental options are...

  • Retail banks' share prices close lower

    The share index retreated by 0.76 per cent to 4,469.204 points, namely on the declines of the three retail banks: BOV, HSBC and Lombard. Volumes increased considerably to nearly €453,000 on high trading activity in the equity of BOV. Bank of...

  • Cutting down sugar content in baby foods

    Cutting down sugar content in baby foods

    The European Parliament seems to be all out to ensure that the sugar content in infant foods is drastically reduced. In a recent vote taken in a plenary session of the European Parliament, MEPs voted against draft rules published by the European...

  • ESM chief rules out haircut for Greek debt

    The head of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) yesterday ruled out a haircut for Greek debt but said extending debt maturities and deferring interest are options that officials could use to make Greece’s debt more manageable. Klaus Regling,...

  • Malaysian PM cleared after $681m declared a Saudi gift

    Malaysian PM cleared after $681m declared a Saudi gift

    Malaysia’s attorney-general cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of any criminal offences or corruption yesterday, closing investigations into a murky multimillion-dollar funding scandal that his opponents had hoped would bring him down. Mr Najib...

  • Stocks and oil rise on new hopes of crude output cut

    Global stock markets and oil prices rose yesterday in another volatile session on hopes oil producers would pare pro­duction to alleviate the supply excess that has punished equity prices and pushed oil values to 12-year lows. Nervous investors...

  • BOV only positive performer today

    The share index surpassed the 4,500 points level and added 0.18 per cent today to 4,503.598 points as all active equities closed flat with the exception of BOV. Total trading activity dropped to a mere €181,000. Bank of Valletta advanced by 0.9...

  • Going beyond the open-closed office dichotomy

    Going beyond the open-closed office dichotomy

    An online search about office layout will give thousands of links to different articles lauding or scoring the merits of open offices and – by extension –closed offices. Open offices refers to layouts where a number of employees are placed in a...