Closed Support Measures and Other Services

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

The scheme is intended to facilitate typically large, high-value adding projects that are likely to offer a significant contribution to the regional development of Malta through substantial job creation. The scheme may support various activities such as supporting the initial development phase of enterprises establishing an operational base in Malta.

Malta Enterprise, via Business START is offering a seed funding for start-ups. The measure is intended to support Small Start-up Undertakings that have a viable business concept and are in the early stage of its development. Initiatives that are deemed to be economically viable shall be supported through a grant of up to €25,000.

The scope of this scheme is to assist hospitality and catering establishments that engages a chef to support in capacity building, innovation, and in the development of the operations.  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.

Certify is a fiscal measure administered by the Malta Enterprise Corporation to encourage eligible undertakings to continuously improve the quality of their products, services and processes through the attainment of industry recognised certifications and Quality Marks. The scheme is intended to boost awareness of the added value that may be achieved through

Undertakings including self-employed involved in the creative industry may benefit through this incentive which will be in the form of a tax credit. The aid will be calculated as a percentage of the eligible costs incurred by these undertakings in the development of their creative endeavours.

The Business Advisory Services provide business undertakings operating in Malta with advisory services that suit their specific requirements.

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.

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.

This ERDF Innovation Actions Grant Scheme (Environment) is funded through the European Regional Development Fund.  The objective of this scheme is to support 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:

This international competitiveness incentive supports enterprises in establish a new markets.

This ERDF Research and Development Grant Scheme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund.  The objective of this scheme is to increase R&D activity especially in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises by assisting enterprises in carrying out Industrial Research and Experimental Development activities that lead to the development of new or significantly improved products, process

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

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.

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

Training Providers are to fill in application number 2 which can be downloaded from here

Contact Business First on 144 for further information.

The Get Ready Scheme shall support business undertakings operating in Malta to access advisory services as to review and prepare for the effect on their business activity in relation to Britain's exit from the European Union (Brexit).

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.

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

Through this incentive, Malta Enterprise may support artisans in the process of transferring their skills to other persons and to assist artisan startups. Aid under this measure is given in a form of a cash grant.

In collaboration with the Energy and Water Agency, Malta Enterprise is assisting undertakings to invest in cogeneration equipment (ie energy efficient solutions that simultaneously generate thermal energy and electrical and/or mechanical energy).  The assistance shall be provided in the form of a tax credit. 

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.

This Incentive provides a framework for addressing skill shortages by supporting training and re-skilling of existing and new employees.  The aim is to support knowledge transfer, and the acquisition of new competences in line with the knowledge and skill requirements of industry.

LEAP2ENTERPRISE is an initiative designed to assist vulnerable individuals in setting up their own sustainable, income-generating business activities.  To implement this measure, Malta Enterprise together with the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (LEAP) and Jobsplus Corporation (Jobsplus) will assist beneficiaries to set up their own business or develop an income-generating activity.

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.

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.

Deadline for submission of applications received under the Micro Guarantee Scheme is the 31st December 2016.  

Business Networks

Business Networks are made up of between 3 and 10 independent enterprises working together to achieve a specific business objective. Through the sharing of resources, enterprises forming part of the network can benefit from transfer of knowledge, combined capacity, improved business prospects and achieve higher competitiveness.

The development and expansion of knowledge based industries requires the availability of human resources. Such resources may be developed through education and training, however such resources would need to be substantiated through knowledge and experience. This measure facilitates employment of non residents in roles which are currently not addressed by the local labour market by temporarily e

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

Changes in business models require operators in the hospitality industry to innovate and align their offering with new market expectations. This Interest Rate Subsidy Scheme will support hotels, restaurants and holiday accommodation providers in upgrading their operations and product offering so as to provide new and improved services.

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:

This scheme supports small undertakings engaged in manufacturing activities that require industrial space as a temporary, or permanent solution to:

1. Implement growth plans;
2. Handle an increase in orders; and/or
3. Carry out process innovations required to increase efficiency.

The aim of this incentive is to assist Industrial Research and Experimental Development activities required by industry for the acquistion of knowledge leading to the development of innovative products and solutions. The measure also encourages cooperation between undertakings by providing additional assistance for collaborative Industrial Research or Experimental Development projects.

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.

This scheme aims to promote the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Grade 1 and Grade 2 scheduled buildings and buildings within Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs) that are or shall be used as commercial premises.

Companies that commission such works shall qualify for a tax credit of up to:

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.

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.

Soft Loans support enterprises through loans at low interest rates for part financing investments in qualifying expenditure. The main objective of this incentive is to support new investment projects undertaken by enterprises engaged in manufacturing.

Undertakings interested in applying for this incentive should contact Malta Enterprise directly.


In order to ease access to finance for small start-ups, Malta Enterprise provides support linked to private equity: crowd funding and the procurement of machinery and equipment.

The aim of this measure is to finance innovative undertakings in their early stages of development by supporting Small Start-up Undertakings that demonstrate a viable business concept in the setting-up and initial growth phases.

Startup Advance is intended to support small startup undertakings that are in the process of consolidating a business operation that has demonstrated market potential and is deemed as economically feasible and innovative by the Corporation. Undertakings seeking support through this support measure should submit to Malta Enterprise the relevant application duly completed.

The scope of this incentive is to facilitate access to foreign markets by allowing enterprises to explore growth opportunities, establish business contacts and consolidate existing markets.  This scheme provides part-financing to business undertakings that participate in international trade events, fairs and trade missions.  Business undertakings can capitalise on these events by establishing t

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

The integration of social media and online marketing into different aspects of a business is a development that businesses cannot ignore.  This scheme was intended to help companies further embrace new digital technologies.

This scheme allows Malta Enterprise to provide a tax credit for supporting holistic refurbishment projects in establisments duly licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority where the main activity is the provision of tourist accommodation in hotels, guest houses and hostels or the provision of food services from a permanent structure whereby the prepared food may be consumed on the premises.

International markets present various opportunities to forward-looking businesses. Undertakings willing to build capacity to compete in different markets tend to be more innovative in their product/service offerings and processes.