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New scheme to assist capacity building in catering

Malta Enterprise has launched the Catering Capacity Building scheme with the aim of assisting hospitality and catering establishments engage a chef to support in capacity building, innovation, and in the development the operations. Eligible undertakings, including self-employed operators, will be supported through a tax credit representing a percentage of the eligible expenditure and wages of the international experienced chefs, up to a maximum of €10,000 per undertaking.

Business First Ltd launched

Business First Ltd was officially launched by Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr. Christian Cardona on Wednesday 4th October. This new company is a partnership with the Malta Chamber of SMEs (GRTU) and will be enhancing the one-stop-shop model by offering a wider scope of services provided through its new Mriehel office.

Business 1st has moved

Business 1st, the point of single contact for businesses, has now moved to its new premises at

Business1st Ltd,
Centru Joseph Grech,
Floor 2, Cobalt House,
Notabile Road,
Mriehel BKR 3000

Business 1st may also be contacted on telephone number 144








Barts welcomes first students

The Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry welcomed its first intake of students at its campus in Malta. Upon completing their induction, the students will commence their studies in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MMBS) programme.

During its first year of operations, while works on its permanent campus are completed, the medical school will be housed at Sir MA Refalo Gozo Sixth Form, which has been upgraded and equipped to provide the best learning experience that befits a university of international repute.

Economic growth maintains impressive momentum

Malta’s economy grew by a staggering 6.4% in the second quarter of 2017 when compared to the same quarter in the previous year, maintaining the impressive momentum that has been registered in the past three years.

Data published by the National Statistics Office also shows that the manufacturing sector has also been performing well. Indeed, the GVA generated by the this sector at market prices increased by 6.1% when comparing the second quarter of 2017 with the corresponding period in the previous year.

Business First opening hours on September 5th-6th

​Business First offices will be opening with reduced hours on the coming 5th and 6th of September, 2017. The offices will be temporarily closed on:

  • Tuesday, 5th September from 8:30hrs to 12:30hrs; and
  • Wednesday, 6th September from 13:00hrs to 16:00hrs.

Normal opening hours will resume as from Thursday, 7th September, i.e. from 08:00hrs to 16:00hrs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 08:00hrs to 19:00hrs on Wednesdays.

First RELOS3 thematic event

Experts from various European countries gathered in Malta to discuss Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) and how these can be put to good use at a local level to promote innovation, particularly through the active involvement of local authorities, innovators and companies.

Malta's share of ICT graduates highest in the EU

Data released by Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Commission, shows that Malta has the highest share of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) graduates in the European Union (EU). In 2015, 8.5% of the students who graduated in Malta attained an ICT-related degree which is more than double the EU average of 3.5%. Furthermore, Malta also ranks 5th in the EU for graduates in the natural sciences, mathematics and statistics degrees.