Category Archives: Interviews

Purpose Driven by Martin Vella

unnamedExclusive interview with MBR Publications Ltd Managing Director, Martin Vella. As a marketing pundit, journalist, publisher and event organiser Martin talks with us about the company’s beginnings, describing the culture and background of his simplifying complexities strategy. In this interesting interview, Martin also explains the right client, and discusses the importance of trust, putting talent, culture, and the team at the top.

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Practical and Versatile


Perit Arielle Agius is the Director and Head Architect of ARCO DESIGN STUDIO, one of the foremost interior designers in Malt
a. She believes that her work revolves around a functional eclecticism. Established in 2012, the architecture and interior design company is firmly entrenched in the lead of the architectural market in Malta. Having projects ranging from residential designs to hospitality and commercial interiors, Arielle recently
won the coveted Malta’s Best Architecture & Interior Design Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Continue reading

Drive for Innovation

Joseph Bigeni is the Manager_DSC7604 of Il-Logga Boutique Hotel, perched on top of a scenic hill at the outskirts of Xaghra, overlooking Marsalforn. He is an ambitious and driven young man, who would not settle for just an ordinary career path. He is from Gozo and has spent most of his career there. He has an in-depth understanding of the travellers’ culture and speaks their language. Perhaps, he understands the Maltese culture better than other Gozitans who are living and working in Gozo, or in the Maltese mainland. Continue reading

Specialised Knowledge and Expertise


In our ongoing special feature, we speak with leading voices in the Maltese architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals.

Perit Karl Ebejer, Managing Partner, ME Architects, is a co-founder of ME Architects, an office positioned as a vehicle for collaboration between themselves and other designers, architects,
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Setting Higher Standards


eliacaterersMalta Business Review interviews Gaetano Borg Bonaci, Director at Elia Borg Bonaci Ltd, who have guaranteed the highest quality standards in food products, confectionery and catering for over 60 years, and outright winners of Malta’s Best Catering Company of the Year Award and also Malta’s Best Family Business of the Year 2017.

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Compromise and Experience



Here at Aspen Limited Josette Fenech and her sibling Liliana Borg adore interior design almost as much as art and flowers and, spend hours pouring over interior design magazines. Recently winning the highly
acclaimed Malta’s Best Real Estate & Property Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Josette and Liliana are poised to have a meteoric rise in business. We spoke with the devoted sisters about what makes them tick and about their plans for the future and dream projects.

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You are what you eat… even at work

Sandra_Zammit-2510High quality healthy snacks and drinks are considered as one of the highest bang for the buck, value for money, giving the most visible benefits that virtually every staff member appreciates and that align with the corporate trend of helping employees stay healthy.  Local companies that are new to providing food for employees, are often thinking about a better return on their investment in human capital, happier, healthier and more productive employees.  Companies are realising the many physical and financial benefits that come with a healthier workforce, prompting a shift in corporate policies. Healthy workplaces are no longer an afterthought, but rather the focus.

Our goal at SMOOCHIE is to provide healthy options for food and drink by providing fresh vegetarian soups, energy balls, pre-washed fruit as well as our popular smoothies.  Sandra explained how unlike other smoothie brands, “Smoochies are made locally from a multicultural array of fruit, with no added sugar, no concentrates and no preservatives. Each 250ml bottle, contains over ¼ of a kilo of fruit; smoothies are 98% fat free and 100% cholesterol free. The focus is to serve employees healthy and nutritious drinks, without the hassle of washing and peeling fruit thus providing a more practical solution for the office environment”.

Speaking about her line of soups, Sandra says “We have various flavours and our soups are slowly cooked so that the fresh ingredients and spices are added at the correct point, Smoochie soups are available in 600ml pots and can be conveniently heated up in a microwave oven.”

Our range of healthy choices coupled with our top notch customer service makes our order and delivery process rather simple and efficient. Once a budget has been set we ensure regular replenishment of your canteen according to a pre-agreed delivery programme.  If a company does not have the budget to feed employees, we also work with companies that have a subsidized programme, where employees pay a minimal amount and the companies pay the rest. We do office deliveries on a regular, dependable schedule that fits the office’s needs

To ensure a holistic approach to good health and well-being we have also teamed up with ‘The Physio Specialists’, who will be offering advice about back pain and general health care. This programme which will be delivered in a practical and innovative approach will see the employer benefitting from healthier employees, more productive employees and an overall positive impact on the company’s earnings.

MBR: How can a healthy workforce help prevent absence?

SZ: The obvious benefit of having a healthy workforce is that healthier employees are absent less often.

Healthy workers are more motivated to stay in work, recover from sickness quicker and are at less risk of long term illness.

In addition, organisations stand to make substantial cost savings by promoting health in the workplace and reducing sickness absence.

MBR: How can a healthy workforce improve business performance?

SZ: By simply promoting good health among workers and creating a positive environment for work, one could reduce employee turnover and recruitment costs.

There are a number of other significant benefits of a healthy workforce- by encouraging and promoting a healthy workforce, one can improve productivity, business performance, staff morale and employee engagement and reduces sick leave costs thus avoiding pressure on employees covering those who are absent.

MBR: A healthy workforce can demonstrate corporate responsibility

SZ: The consumption of healthy products at work, one not only reduces the risk of absenteeism due to illness, but ensures Corporate Social Responsibility.

The numerous benefits realised by employers through successful corporate wellness programs seem to signify that this trend is here to stay. For the food service industry, innovative ideas that put healthy meal and snack choices at the forefront mean everyone can come away a winner.

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