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  • Blood donation

    Actavis employees were called to donate blood by the Blood Donation Mobile Unit, which recently visited its premises in Bulebel, Żejtun. This is the second time the company has taken on the organisation of such an event. Speaking about the...

  • Project helps Cottonera children

    Project helps Cottonera children

    Southern Comfort, a project launched by Cospicua parish church, held a soirée at the Sagra Familja hall in Cospicua to mark the teaching and character formation given to Cottonera children over the past year. In a brief introduction, project...

  • Hit the start-up button

    Hit the start-up button

    • Benjamin McClure Takeoff business incubator manager How does the local start-up business scene compare to that in other countries? Malta’s economy is strong and the island is home to a new generation of tech-savvy graduates. However, the...

  • The write business direction

    The write business direction

    We rarely give value to good business ideas. Since they seemingly come from nowhere while we’re distracted or doing something else, it’s like they’re free. But they’re not – the inspiration that fuels them is priceless. However, a business idea...

  • To the market we go

    To the market we go

    The radio alarm wakes you up with the crackle and pop of a breakfast show, which is soon interrupted by a string of commercials. You rustle up some breakfast and there’s an advert on the side of the cereal box. The sound of the television is mute...

  • Encouraging innovation

    Encouraging innovation

    Set up to strengthen the growth of the local ICT ecosystem, the Microsoft Innovation Centre has already supported over 50 start-ups since its launch, says Edward Portelli. What is your role at the Microsoft Innovation Centre? I’m a business...

  • Creating a better climate for businesses

    The setting up of a new Business Development Unit within the Planning Directorate is enabling the Malta Environment and Planning Authority to provide a more efficient and business-oriented service, with a strong emphasis on reducing bureaucratic...

  • Starting them young

    Starting them young

    New businesses are vital for the economy as they provide a turnover of new ideas, Junior Achievement Young Enterprise manager Lorna Farrugia tells Sandy Calleja Portelli. Richard Branson once said that entrepreneurship isn’t just a label: it’s a...

  • Plan ahead

    Plan ahead

    A business plan is a road map aimed at translating a good idea into a good business. In its simplest form, a business plan is a guide that outlines the goals of your business and details how you plan to achieve those goals. It is a tool that...

  • Silicon Valley-style start-ups in Malta

    Silicon Valley-style start-ups in Malta

    What do you do if you get what you think is a brilliant idea? You can either set it aside to simmer, expecting it to lay the fabled golden egg. Or else, you can pitch it to an audience, get precious feedback from your peers, develop it and launch...

  • Online solution for e-commerce service providers

    Online solution for e-commerce service providers

    Nowadays, consumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a store for their online shopping. It is therefore increasingly important for companies to ensure that their websites stand out from the crowd. This can only be achieved if...

  • Sowing the start-up seed

    Sowing the start-up seed

    Malta is shifting its economy to a knowledge-based one, with particular emphasis on value added. What does Malta need to sustain this shift and growth? A knowledge-based economy requires structures that allow individuals, small and medium...

  • Doing your maths

    Doing your maths

    So you’ve got a great idea for a business. There’s genuine demand for the product or service you have in mind and you’re confident that it will be the next big thing. However, you need the cash to get started. What now? There are various options...

  • Solid US employment growth eyed in August

    Solid US employment growth eyed in August

    US job growth likely accelerated a bit in August and the unemployment rate probably fell to 6.1 per cent, offering fresh evidence of sustained momentum in the economy. Economists predict that nonfarm payrolls increased 225,000 last month,...

  • Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users, says Cook

    Apple Inc. is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal and will aggressively encourage users to take stricter security measures, CEO Tim cook told the Wall Street Journal in...

  • Falling investment, inventories stall eurozone recovery

    Falling investment and a drop in inventories kept eurozone gross domestic product flat in the second quarter against the previous three months despite growing household consumption and a positive contribution from trade, data showed on Friday. The...

  • Dollar slips and shares pare losses on US data

    The dollar slipped against the euro and global equity markets rebounded yesterday after data showed US jobs growth slowed in August, raising the prospect that interest rates will stay low longer than investors had expected. The dollar fell after...

  • Japan GDP seen as revised down

    The contraction in Japan’s economy from April-June is expected to be worse than initially reported last month when revised data is published on Monday, reflecting a slump in capital expenditure and underscoring concerns that the blow from April’s...

  • Index maintains positive stance

    The Malta Stock Exchange index registered five consecutive days of gains, closing the week 1.88 per cent higher at 3,357.495 points. Activity was spread across 17 equities of which eight gained ground, two fell and seven closed unchanged. BOV...

  • Apple, Google appeal rejection of $325 million hiring settlement

    Apple, Google appeal rejection of $325 million hiring settlement

    Four technology companies including Apple and Google blasted a US judge for rejecting a proposed $324.5 million settlement over hiring practices in Silicon Valley and asked an appeals court to intervene, according to a court filing. Plaintiff...