• UBI is not studying tie-ups as Monte Paschi rumours swirl

    Italy’s fifth biggest lender UBI is not studying any possible merger with other Italian banks, the lender said yesterday after press reports fuelled speculation it might come to the rescue of troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Results from a...

  • BOV leads positive day for local equities

    BOV leads positive day for local equities

    Following the publication of the European Central Bank’s Asset Quality Review (AQR) in conjunction with an EU-wide stress test which confirmed that the Tier 1 ratios of the two major local banks is above regulatory thresholds, their respective...

  • EU funding beyond 2014

    EU funding beyond 2014

    The EU Commission is currently working closely with member states to design how EU funds will be spent over the period 2014­-2020. These negotiations are taking place in the form of Partnership Agreements which map out the strategic priorities to...

  • Search for excellence in global education

    Search for excellence in global education

    As most Western economies struggle with sluggish economic growth, political leaders search for those factors that will give them competitive advantage so that when ‘normality’ returns their countries will be the first to benefit. Ask any economist...

  • New bank TSB picks up customers as third-quarter profits rise

    New British bank TSB said it was picking up nearly one in 10 of all new current accounts being opened in the UK and its third quarter profits jumped more than a quarter from the previous period. TSB, Britain’s seventh biggest lender after being...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Stjerneborg from Sfax to Tripoli, the Alexander Sibum from Bejaia, the Stadt Hameln from Durres to Taranto, the Connorth from La Goulette, the Coneast from Annaba (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the...

  • BOV pares down its executive structure

    BOV pares down its executive structure

    Bank of Valletta has reduced the number of chief officers from 11 to just four in the first major shake-up since John Cassar White took over as chairman last year. The number of chiefs had been expanded in 2008 under former CEO Tonio Depasquale.

  • 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...

  • Extra day to link MiGS and Battle of Malta

    Extra day to link MiGS and Battle of Malta

    The Malta iGaming Seminar (MiGS) and the Battle of Malta poker tournament are collaborating to organise an additional competition day to bridge the two events. The Battle of Malta poker tournament being organised by Poker­Listings ends on November...

  • 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...

  • Video coding breakthrough by Maltese researcher

    Video coding breakthrough by Maltese researcher

    A Maltese researcher has worked out a way to make miniature cameras smaller and more efficient. Jeffrey Micallef, a postgraduate researcher at the Department of Communications and Computer Engineering at the University of Malta, has been trying to...

  • 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...

  • Livingstone to speak at gala dinner

    Livingstone to speak at gala dinner

    Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone (pictured) is the one of the main guest speakers at The Economist’s World in 2015 black-tie gala dinner to be held at the Hilton Malta on November 28. Mr Livingstone was mayor of London from 2000 to 2008.

  • 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...

  • MCA award for start-ups

    The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) and the University of Malta have launched a joint collaboration aimed at stimulating and supporting initiatives that bridge the gap between research, innovation and entrepreneurship in fields related to...

  • 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...

  • MBB promotes crowdfunding

    MBB promotes crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding is ‘buzzing’ all over Europe but in Malta, it is still rather dormant, according to Malta Business Bureau president Mario Spiteri. Speaking during a seminar organised as part of SME Week, he noted that so far, few sought to use...

  • 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...

  • Malta should look at next 10 years of EU membership – economist

    Malta should look at next 10 years of EU membership – economist

    There has been too much focus on the first 10 years of Malta’s EU membership, when the issue should really be the next, according to economist Gordon Cordina. Speaking to The Sunday Times of Malta in an interview, he said he was concerned that the...

  • Extended opening hours

    Calamatta Cuschieri has just announced extended opening hours for its offices in Valletta and Qormi. The new opening hours for customer care and the trading desk are Monday to Friday from 8.30am till 7.30pm and on Saturday from 9am till 1pm.