RSM has honoured 11 Maltese companies who have reached the final round of the European Business Awards. The Maltese companies participating in the European Business Awards are: CloudLabs Ltd, Exigy Ltd, AquaBioTech Group, Business Leaders (Malta) Ltd, CasaSoft Ltd, WasteServ Malta Limited, AirX, HalMann Vella Group p.l.c., NetRefer, OzoGroup of Companies, and STM Malta Trust & Company Management Limited.

A networking event was recently organised by RSM at their new offices in Żebbuġ. The event served as a platform to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities faced by the different economic sectors represented by the 11 Maltese companies.

NetRefer and AirX were both given a special tribute for being awarded the coveted Ruban d’Honneur to acknowledge the companies’ customer focus and entrepreneurial efforts respectively.

The European Business Awards was set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. This year it engaged with more than 33,000 businesses at entry stage.

Lead sponsor RSM, a provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market businesses globally, has supported the European Business Awards since its inception. Last year the public vote generated over 227,000 votes from across the globe.

Express Trailers supports Malta Robotics Olympiad

Express Trailers will be supporting the logistics for the organisation of this year’s Malta Robotics Olympiad 2017 at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali on March 24 and 25. The company has been trusted to transport and deliver the delicate competing projects to MFCC and will be present throughout the event with its Side-Loader, giving demonstrations of how it operates.

“We are delighted with this opportunity to partner with the MRO for the first time and to support the logistics of what will be a very large and successful event. The specialisation of robotics is in line with our nature as specialists in logistics and transportation of any cargo, no matter how delicate, fragile and large it is. We are professionals in the way we manage the risk involved in this field and this is what makes Express Trailers, a trusted logistics partner,” said Franco Azzopardi, chairman and CEO of Express Trailers.

BEAT partners with Prime Advantage

BEAT Limited, a Maltese niche-based consulting firm specialising in the provision of project management, strategic advice and business transformation solutions, has announced its partnership with UK-based firm Prime Advantage Advisory.

BEAT Limited is mainly engaged in business advisory and consultancy, focusing on project planning, management and commercialisation, change management, business process reengineering, transformation and optimisation. It also offers a range of auxiliary business and professional services, including those relating to accountancy and taxation. On the other hand, Prime Advantage Advisory is a highly-experienced business growth and corporate finance consultancy, working exclusively with small and medium-sized enterprises.

BEAT CEO David Galea said:  “I am confident that the complementary nature of the companies’ competences, and our respective hands-on approach in relation to clients’ requirements, will result in successful synergy. The partnership will also enable both organisations to work together on specific projects, giving Prime Advantage the opportunity to extend its reach into Malta, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and BEAT to offer its services in the UK and Australia.”

Visa Innovation Centre London launch

The Visa Innovation Centre London features practical demonstrations to excite and engage visitors.The Visa Innovation Centre London features practical demonstrations to excite and engage visitors.

Visa has announced the launch of the Visa Innovation Centre London, located at its European headquarters in Paddington Basin. The 1,000+ square metre space, the largest in Visa’s global network of innovation centres, is an immersive environment where Visa can work side by side with financial institutions, merchants and other partners to develop the next generation of payment solutions.

The space features practical demonstrations to excite and engage visitors, including applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in connected car and connected home environments, such as paying for car insurance or placing a grocery order from a refrigerator. Visitors will also experience the future of retail using virtual reality to pick just the right seat for an upcoming Formula E race and biometric authentication to pay for tickets.

Visa also announced that fintech developers across Europe will now be able to take advantage of the Visa Developer Platform to create new, secure ways to pay. Developers at merchants, financial institutions, technology companies and startups can now select from an initial set of Visa payment APIs (Application Program Interfaces), SDKs (Software Development Kits) and documentation to create the next generation of commerce applications.

The new centre in London joins a global network of innovation centres and studios located in technology hotspots, including Berlin, Dubai, Miami, San Franisco, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.

“What makes the approach we take in our innovation centres unique is that they’re all about collaborating with clients to solve real world, consumer pain points or business problems using digital solutions,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president for innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa. “We’ve had great success doing this in our centres globally and are very excited to be opening a state-of-the art facility in Europe.”