Support Measures

Malta Enterprise is enabled by the Malta Enterprise Act (ME Act) to support the development of enterprise in Malta. Malta Enterprise has developed a new set of incentives for the promotion and expansion of industry and the development of innovative enterprises.

Malta Enterprise provides incentives for foreign direct investors and local enterprises demonstrating commitment towards growth and increase in value added and employment. Enterprises engaged in manufacturing, ICT development activities, Call Centers, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, among others, may benefit from these incentives.

Enterprise Support

Support for micro enterprises that for the year in which the costs were incurred did not employ more than 30 persons (Full Time Equivalent) and had a turnover that did not exceed €10 Million .

The business advisory scheme is designed to provide business undertakings operating in Malta with advisory services that suit their specific circumstances.

The Business Development Scheme is intended to facilitate high-value adding projects that are likely to offer a significant contribution to the regional development of Malta.

This scheme is currently under review. Malta Enterprise aims to improve the incentives provided to date. Please watch this space for further developments.

The ERDF e-Business Development Grant Scheme supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to invest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that will support growth through the diversification of the enterprise’s products and services and significant changes to the enterprise’s production process.

The ERDF Energy Grant Scheme supports enterprises invest in energy saving measures and alternative energy sources.

Support to facilitate the development of new markets or assist in the introducing of new services or products in established markets.

This scheme supports manufacturing undertakings operating from Gozo by reducing their inter-island transport costs.

Collaborating in a network will enable a enterprises to build synergies and attract business deals which would otherwise be difficult to conclude as individual enterprises.

Quality+ encourages Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to continuously develope and improve the quality of their products, services and processes.

Fiscal Incentives for the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Grade 1 and Grade 2 scheduled buildings and buildings within Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs) that are used or shall be used as commercial premises.

Support to facilitate access to foreign markets including participation in trade fairs and trade missions.

Support for the development of digital application to serve to promote products.
This scheme is currently under review. Malta Enterprise aims to improve the incentives provided to date. Please watch this space for further developments.


The promotion of environmental sustainability and pro-environmental business models has become a priority in today’s ‘green’ conscious society. Thus investments in energy saving solutions and renewable energy sources are no longer a commodity but a necessity.

Interest Rate Subsidy Scheme to support hotels, restaurants and holiday accommodation providers in upgrading their operations and product offering so as to provide new and improved services.

SME Development

Competitive grant scheme supporting innovation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises through investments in environmentally friendly technologies.

The ERDF Innovation Actions Grant Scheme (Innovation) seeks to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) meet today’s business challenges by stimulating short to medium term projects that result in:

The ERDF Small Start-up Grant Scheme supports the growth of new enterprises having less than 50 employees.

Participation in FP7 and CIP programmes can support SME’s in strengthening their competitiveness through:

New enterprises need a mix of resources and support in order to flourish. Most start-ups seek external guidance, assistance and finance.

The main aim of the incentive is to support Small and Medium–sized Enterprises (SMEs) to develop and diversify their activities, increase competitiveness and develop new products and services.

Through this incentive Malta Enterprise may provide SMEs with part financing for subcontracting external experts in relation to new development projects.

Research and Development

Competitive grant scheme supporting Research and Development activities that lead to the development of new or significantly improved products, processes or services.

Experimental Development is the acquiring, combining, shaping and using of existing scientific, technological, business and other relevant knowledge and skills for the purpose of producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services.

The collaborative R&D Grant Scheme supports Maltese enterprises that carry out an industrial research or experimental development project in collaboration with other enterprises. The project should lead to the development of innovative products, processes and services based on advanced technologies.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can benefit from the temporarily engagement of a highly qualified expert to work on R&D&I projects. In this way SMEs can access new knowledge and increased innovation capabilities. The expert will help the SMEs to carry out an Industrial Research and Experimental Development projects.

Since Research & Development initiatives are associated with high risk, it is advisable that undertakings undertake R&D Feasibility studies to determine that the key elements of the proposed research project are based on sound principals.  

This incentive is aimed specifically to SMEs that after conducting an approved Industrial Research or Experimental Development project would like to seek, obtain and validate patents and other intellectual property rights.

The tax credit may cover costs incurred in the 24 months after the R&D project was completed. The value of the tax credits will be based on:

Undertakings that engage in research and development projects and which are classified as Industrial Research or Experimental Development as per terms and conditions set within the Incentive Guidelines.  

The aim of this incentive is to:

The objective of this scheme is to support formal collaboration between enterprises by assisting in the setting-up, expansion and animation of innovation clusters. The aid will be provided exclusively to the enterprises operating the cluster which must have the sole purpose of promoting Industrial Research and Experimental Development.

The objective of this initiative is to encourage researchers to exploit intellectual property through the licensing of patented knowledge.  The scheme should also encourage investment  in research and knowledge creation and exploitation of intellectual property.

Get Qualified [Training]

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Get Qualified is an initiative that supports the personal development of individuals for the achievement of qualifications and certifications required by industry. The incentive is applicable to individuals following a course of studies leading to a certification, diploma, degree or post-graduate degree courses.

Access to Finance

Loan Interest Rate Subsidies to support new investment projects undertaken by enterprises engaged in manufacturing.

Loan Guarantees facilitate access to finance to assist enterprises in the acquisition of capital assets that will lead to a more effective and efficient production and supply of service/s.

The main objective of this incentive is to support new investment projects undertaken by enterprises engaged in manufacturing.

This Micro Guarantee Scheme shall provide eligible undertakings with a guarantee of up to 80% on loans of up to €100,000 which may be used to finance projects leading to business enhancement, growth and development.

Soft loans support enterprise through loans at low interest rates for part financing investments in qualifying expenditure

Investment Aid

Investment Aid Tax Credits are intended to sustain the regional industrial and economic development of Malta.  This measure facilitates initial investments by encouraging the setting up of new establishments and the expansion and development of existing businesses.