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    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...

  • FinTech – the permanent revolution

    FinTech – the permanent revolution

    FinTech, the use of disruptive business models and technology to provide financial services in innovative ways, is significantly changing the global financial services industry landscape. The sector drew €20 billion in global investment in 2015,...

  • Protection against hidden charges

    Protection against hidden charges

    Consumers have the right to be provided with clear and correct information in order to make informed buying decisions. The Consumer Rights Regulations safeguard these rights by setting out a list of information requirements distance and...

  • MSE positive again

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index closed the second week of August up by 0.22 per cent, at 4,426.111 points, partly recovering some of the previous week’s 1.2 per cent decline. The positive performance was buoyed by a rise in the share value of...

  • Warning on children’s soother holders

    Warning on children’s soother holders

    The Technical Regulations Division of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority has found a number of children’s soother holders which pose a serious risk to consumers. The soother holders in question are hand-made locally and have been...

  • UK retail sales figures defy Brexit vote

    The British Retail Consortium reported last week that like-for-like sales in the UK rose by 1.1 per cent in the four-week period to July 30 compared with the same period a year ago. The July sales rebounded from a fall in June, when like-for-like...

  • Query: unfinished works

    Q: I ordered a staircase to be manufactured by a local trader. The works started six months ago and were supposed to be finished within three months. To date there are still some works which have not yet been carried out. Last week, I sent an...

  • Company briefs

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has completed its acquisition of Allergan plc’s generics business (Actavis Generics). Teva president and CEO Erez Vigodman said: “This strategic acquisition brings together two leading generics businesses with...

  • Weekly advice

    • The use of pre-ticked boxes are prohibited. • Consumers must be properly informed of all the costs and charges they will incur before purchasing a product or service. • Traders are prohibited from charging more for use of credit cards or any...

  • Getting visas and permits

    Getting visas and permits

    In an ideal world, every individual would be free to travel and do business anywhere in the world. In reality, every sovereign state has the right to establish its own conditions in terms of entry, residence and work permits. Although the...

  • HSBC UK Contact Centre celebrates 10 years of personal development

    HSBC UK Contact Centre celebrates 10 years of personal development

    As the HSBC UK Contact Centre Malta, now employing more than 450 staff members, celebrates 10 years of success, the centre is also celebrating the personal career journeys and success stories of long-term employees, both of the Maltese centre and...

  • Creating a better world to live in

    Creating a better world to live in

    Green building or sustainable construction and renovation is the opportunity to use resources more efficiently while creating healthier and more energy-efficient homes and offices. JMV Building Solutions is a leading information and product source...

  • Insuring your motorbike

    Insuring your motorbike

    National Statistics Office data published recently shows there are over 21,335 motorcycles registered and that the number of new registrations in the first six months of this year doubled compared to the same period last year. This is not...

  • KTM factory training for Fapi Motors

    KTM factory training for Fapi Motors

    One of Fapi Motors’ motorcycle mechanics, Ryan Micallef, attended a week-long training session at the KTM premises in Austria. This course takes place once a year and is an opportunity for international branches of the brand to learn about the...

  • New HR manager at Frank Salt

    New HR manager at Frank Salt

    Frank Salt Real Estate Ltd recently appointed Rania Zouari as its new HR manager. Ms Zouari has taken over HR responsibilities from Sandra Aquilina, who will now focus her energy on managing the Balzan office and the Balzan training centre. Backed...

  • Malta Architect Awards to have eight categories

    Over the forthcoming two weeks, architects, civil engineers and interior designers will be able to submit their projects for the Malta Architect Awards 2016, with submissions being accepted from August 29 to September 2. These awards were launched...

  • Message of good luck to Maltese Olympic team

    Message of good luck to Maltese Olympic team

    Thanks to its extended franchise organisation, Century 21 enjoys a global reach. In light of the Olympics, this worldwide brand took the initiative to wish countries the best of luck the games. Malta is no exception, with employees from Century 21...

  • Teambuilding in summer

    Teambuilding in summer

    With an understanding that building strong relationships during working hours is not entirely possible due to work that needs to be done, Famalco Group provides its team with monthly teambuilding events as a way for the group to get to know each...

  • Recruitment brand to occupy two floors as offices at Casa Leone

    Recruitment brand to occupy two floors as offices at Casa Leone

    Leading specialist recruitment brand Castille has announced that construction on Casa Leone in Floriana has commenced and that by the beginning of 2017, the building will boast two new floors to be used as offices, training facilities and meeting...

  • How to handle hazardous waste at home

    How to handle hazardous waste at home

    Although we may think that the waste we generate at home is innocuous, the truth is that a certain portion is considered to be hazardous in waste terms and hence does not belong in the black or recycling bag. Summer brings with it a number of...