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Malta’s Best-in-Business Awards 2018 & Malta’s International Boats & Yachting Awards 2018

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Malta’s Best-in-Business Awards 2018

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Malta’s International Boats & Yachting Awards 2018

A unique combination of two prestigious award programmes generated in one glamorous gala awards ceremony
By George Carol

Maltese entrepreneurs are thought leaders who’s known yet unrecognised drive and passion for innovation, do not also provide new solutions to some of the Island’s most pressing problems, but they also create jobs, generate economic growth and encourage creativity. In short, they leave the Maltese business community a legacy to help create and make a much more improved operational working environment and instil a much more entrepreneurial feel good factor.

These are precisely the reasons that will be celebrated this November in a very ambitious and unique gala award ceremony combining Malta’s Best in Business organisations and companies, together with the best talent and enterprising business role models in the boats and yachting industry, where over 60 best-of-the-best nominee entrepreneurs will convene for the 4th MBIBA and 2nd MIBYA gala award programme, which will gather over 500 distinguished top tier business entrepreneurs from various sectors of the Maltese business community. The winners will be announced on/about 22:00 in a still top secret five-star venue, to be announced shortly.

The awards are the annual culmination of MBR Publication’s 2018 business awards programme that distinguishes and honours the leading entrepreneurs, creators, innovators ND prime business role models who have contributed to the Maltese economic growth, have been architects of new products, services and job creation across a wide ranging business spectra. The company has been at the forefront of organising business awards in Malta for over ten years and are undisputed pioneers of branding these gala awards into an accredited prestigious and highly successful business awards programme, that are transparent and also increase the growth factor of the winners. MBR Publications have just recently successfully celebrated Malta’s Best Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, with over 400 C-Level and top business leaders attending the gala evening at Marsa Sports Club, where the Company made another significant genuine contribution to the Malta Community Chest Fund during the event; part of its CSR activity and credo.

The night-long gathering brings together for the first time this year two distinct industries- commercial, industrial and general business, with the boats and yachting industry. The awards are judged separately by fellow expert entrepreneurs or qualified business leaders, who will evaluate their individual strengths according to five criteria and eventually choose one, exceptional, overall winner in both sections. The qualities of entrepreneurship are widely recognised and celebrated, but nowhere else will you see such a thorough, precise and transparent process in Malta. Winners are evaluated by such independent judging panel, wherein each judge receives a detailed company profile, statistics, history, milestones,  including confidential data and also meets the finalists in a formal unique live Q&A which occurs during the glamorous gala evening.

A study compared the financial performance of 120 award winning companies across Europe against that of non-award winners and found that the winners enjoyed sales growth 77% higher. Winning a prestigious Malta’s Best in Business Award, or an International Bots & Yachting Award will help your organisation to stand from the crowd, send a positive message to your existing customers and attract new business.

Malta’s Best in Business Awards and Malta’s International Boats & Yachting Awards aim to highlight and reward excellence across the private and public sectors to help entrepreneurs and business leaders become even more successful.

 Winners will receive a keepsake trophy and accredited certification, a press release with judge’s comments about why they have won. These comments can also be used on winner’s website, together with other marketing materials at no cost, and will be published on MBR Publications website and facebook pages, as well as the Malta Independent online portal, which is great for business link building. The organisers and promoters will also contact winners to provide free help and guidance on maximising the awareness of their success. This will include how best to generate media coverage in the press, broadcast media and online as well as how to communicate your success directly to existing and potential clients, staff and other key opinion formers.

For further information please contact: Margaret Brincat at; margaret@mbrpublications.net/admin@mbrpublications.net/M: 9940 6743/9926 0162

 

 

Success for the Shipping, Transport & Logistics B2B Networking Conference 2018 themed Align for Growth – By Martin Vella

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MBR Publications Ltd, together with DHL (Malta) Ltd, welcomed more than 100 guests to the event at the Castello dei Baroni business and conference centre in Wardija on Friday 20th July.

Simon Debono, Managing Director of Simon Estates, who compered the event, said the conference delivered tangible benefits around skills and compliance to transport operators in Malta and was a minefield of topical information.

“The huge success of our inaugural Shipping, Transport & Logistics B2B Conference was underpinned by a number of quality guest speakers and attendees representing employers across a diverse range of businesses operating within the important transport and logistics sector in Malta and it is a pity that no one turned up from the Ministry of Infrastructure,” he said.

“The conference provided essential, credible and current advice for anyone operating a fleet of vehicles and delivered a solid platform for the delegates to expand both its knowledge on current technological advances, particularly AI and robots, including other benefits to employers.”

Guest speaker David J. Dingli, Managing Consultant Resource Productivity Consulting Services, AND Professor with Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands, said skills gaps could be expected due to a declining working age population in Malta and pointed to measures which could be taken to address the situation. Mr Dingli’s presentation, undoubtedly voted as the best of the event by the participants, was entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence and Supply Chain Management’.

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ALIGN FOR GROWTH: INTRODUCING THE MALTA TRANSPORT, LOGISTICS & SHIPPING B2B CONFERENCE

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THURSDAY 20th July 2018, Castello dei Baroni, Wardija.

Registrations are free of charge 1st come, 1st served basis

Exhibiting is worthwhile

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Have you ever attended one of our B2B business networking events?! You may view videos of all our events on our website link: http://www.mbrpublications.net/category/previous-events/ to savour sample of the events we have successfully organised over the years. If you have not been to on of our events, we cordially invite you to the forthcoming events as our guest of honour.

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Being a Quitter Makes You a Good Entrepreneur By George Carol

  • When we look at successful entrepreneurs, it may appear that they spend their lives relentlessly driving towards a singular goal.  We assume the path to success was a straight shot, lined with mile markers throughout.  In fact, it was not like that at all!  Entrepreneurs make it up as they go.  The nature and uncertainty of entrepreneurship favours those who can quickly find the most efficient path, regardless of where the crowd may be headed.

Finding the optimal path, that is, doing only the stuff that matters most and quitting the rest, is paramount to an entrepreneur’s success.  In this final article, related with Malta’s Best Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, I touch on the lessons and parallels of running a business and running as an athlete, I will be taking a look at why quitting is as important as commitment. Continue reading

“Align for Growth” Thursday July 20th – By George Carol

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Everyone wants to sustainably grow profit and revenue, but there is a critical element missing in most logistics and supply chain companies: ALIGNMENT. Organisational alignment between departments and associates reduces friction and accelerates an organisation’s growth and success. Attend the 2018 Transport, Logistics & Shipping Marketing & Sales Conference and discover how to overcome the challenges that prevent sustainable growth. It all takes place July 20th at the beautiful Castello Dei Baroni, Wardija, an ideal iconic and central landmark.

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Attend this year to learn how to:

  • Align Sales, Marketing, and Operations teams for growth so that you are delivering the right information, messaging and engagement at every stage of your buyer’s journey
  • Identify and attract the right buyers seeking your services
  • Track the right marketing metrics and use them to increase budgets by proving ROI
  • Gain C-level buy in and support for sales and marketing initiatives and strategies learned at this conference
  • Craft messaging and content to address your buyers’ needs and stage of buyer’s journey required for the transport and logistics sector
  • Leverage current and future trends impacting shipping, transport and logistics sales and marketing
  • Network with exhibitors, byers, potential customers, and fellow members of the transport and logistics industry

 30+ Exhibitors to help strengthen your B2B networking and get to know who’s who in the industry, including C-level corporates, ship agents, hauliers, transport and logistics companies, couriers, insurance agencies and members from customs and government transport sectors, including maritime, aviation and commercial transport.

Learn more about branding and communications in shipping and cargo movement by land, sea or air. Relevant Topics include Sales and Marketing Alignment, Buyer-Driven Strategies, CRM & Customer Relationships, Digital Marketing & Social Selling, Lead Generation & Referral Marketing, Content Marketing, Gamification & Employee benefits.

Discover more about Engagement, Marketing & Sales Automation, Integrating Sales & Marketing Using LinkedIn, Media Relations & Advertising, Measurement & ROI, and many more!

Learn from Transportation Decision-Makers about their own transportation and supply chain trends that to align your strategy with those of the marketplace. Leading brands include DHL, main shipping lines, agents, and much more!

See Best Practices to gain practical ideas and take-aways that can be applied to your own marketing and sales strategies.

Special Sessions Include: Key Metrics in sales and marketing specific to transportation and logistics, and “Meet The Press” featuring editors from Transport Topics, online live link with SupplyChainBrain, The Malta Independent, Business Weekly and the Malta Business Review.

Build Your Professional Network with other industry executives at networking coffee break and exhibition times, facilitated peer discussions groups, and the 2018 Transport & Logistics Awards reception dinner.

Industry Thought Leaders invited include: Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Chairperson of the Chartered institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), Angelo Dalli, CEO of Q-Free Trafiko, Mr Ram C. Menon, Divisional Senior Vice-President Cargo, Emirates Airlines and Ms Helga Ellul, MD, Playmobil Malta Ltd and Ex-Presidsent of the Malta Chamber of Commerce , Enterprise & Industry.

A special show shall be featured by Special Guests:

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Solar World Cinema is an international network of solar powered mobile cinemas. All equipment of the mobile cinemas is  powered by 100% solar energy. 

Call for Presentations
Interested in presenting, exhibiting or participating at the conference? Acceptable topics should be relevant to either transport and logistics, sales, marketing or communications professionals (both junior-level and seasoned executives), and should resonate around the theme articulated above. (Note: This event is free of charge on 1st come, 1st served registration basis. Networking lunch is optional and includes a 5-course sumptuous buffet with drinks. Conference registration covers access to all educational sessions, the expo/Exhibition areas, receptions, and free breakfast/coffee breaks).

Give-aways and prizes include books, wines, merchandising, a big hamper for the lucky winner and corporate pens.

For more information, please contact Margaret Brincat on 9940 6743 or email at: margaret@mbrpublications.net; margaret@mbrevents.com; admin@mbrpublications.net

 

The most immersive, challenging and inspiring form of entertainment

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By George Carol

Celebrating Malta’s Gaming Excellence Awards 2018 Friday 25th May, Montekristo Estates, Hal-Farrug – A fantastic opportunity to move the lines!

MBR Publications Limited is proud to announce the second edition of the Malta Gaming Excellence Awards is practically fully booked. Winners will be revealed on the final night award show extravaganza being held at the exclusive panoramic rooftop garden New Renaissance Hall, Montektristo Estates in Hal-Farrug on Friay 25th My 2018.

The prestigious awards recognise, inspire and uphold creative and technical excellence in the local and international gaming industry clusters. The organisers, MBR Publications Ltd, supported by media partners, among which are Online Casino Reports, Five Star Media, Malta Business Review, The Malta Independent on Sunday, The Malta Business Weekly and Sunday Trends, bring together a diverse group of iGaming, eGaming, online and land based elite gaming players, game developers, and notable names from popular gaming culture to celebrate and advance gaming’s best achievers, as well as enhance the gaming industry position as the most immersive, challenging and inspiring form of entertainment.

This gala awards ceremony, held annually in May, honours and celebrates the best of the best in gaming companies and individuals, and has a specially created video production that is broadcast at the beginning of the show, exclusively generated for the gaming audience that will pack the hall during final award gala ceremony. The whole gala and programme is live streamed thanks to 3XP Group and shall be broadcast twice on Super 1 TV, which enjoys the largest TV viewership on the Island. Live streaming will be broadcast on all gaming screens and digital platforms, and recognizes video games across PC, mobile, console, VR/AR, and also eSports. Again, this is a first in the many achievements that MBR Publications Ltd have pioneered in past to optimize the quality level of such events.cross PC, mobile, console, VR/AR, and also eSports.

Having viewed as press in person past gala awards organised by the company, I can safely say that MBR Publications Ltd truly merit mentioning, as they really deliver on what they promise and provide their audience with the best entertainment around. All gala awards I have witnessed had all the hallmarks of a lavish awards show: Live orchestra or band, singers, top quality dancers, fervent spiels, high calibre TV personalities and celebrity A-listers, great magicians, jugglers fire-eaters, and many more accomplished artists and performers.. And, there was also added benefits of spectacular fireworks displays in open-air events. And there were touching moments too, so if you didn’t catch the action last year, make sure you don’t miss on this one this year.
Most importantly, Malta’s Gaming Excellence Awards 2018 may give us another opportunity to spot last year’s breakout star from the event: the Yobetit dog mascots.

The show will be streamed via YouTube, Facebook Live, Steam and Microsoft’s Mixer platform. The organisers have the YouTube live-stream embedded in links sent to all nominees and sponsors by circular email. If you prefer to watch the show via a home console, the ceremony can also be watched through Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Talking of ground breaking initiatives, this certainly puts MBR Publications Ltd at the forefront of tech savvy innovative event fabrications.

With the “how to” out of the way, let’s address what’s on everyone’s mind. What can you expect out of Malta’s Gaming Excellence Awards this year? George Curmi (Il Puse’) will perform on stage interacting with a different blend of modern music with DJ Pierre Cordina and singer Amber, who had represented Malta during the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, with the song Warrior. At some point during the show, Ryan Busuttil’s MalteseMotion will take the stage together with Roxette’s RYDM Dance Company’s dancers, to surprise the audience with a unique tailor-made acrobatic dance performance of the first kind! Roving magician and illusionist Brian Role will also entertain the audience with exceptional illusions and magic. A complimentary bottle of five star Belvedere Vodka will be paced on each table served in a Silver bucket courtesy of Hansa Wines & Spirits, while free flowing wine from Delicata and Bollinger Champagne courtesy of Demajo Wines & Spirits will also be provided to all the distinguished guests attending this spectacular gala awards ceremony. The show will be hosted by TV Personality, lawyer and piano teacher Dr Thea Saliba, accompanied by surprise comedian. The show closes with a stunning fireworks display and the venue’s ideal rooftop garden setting will provide a remarkable viewing of the fireworks.

Mercedez E-Class, S-Class and D-Class luxury chauffer driven vehicles shall be on display and in attendance, courtesy of Elegance Chauffer Drive, as well as the latest models from Jaguar and Landrover, on display thanks to Muscat Motors Ltd.

Don’t be surprised to see new footage of the introduction video, which gives the audience a taste of what is to come, and also the exclusive cartoon video mix of Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’, being broadcast toward the end, after the final award winners are announced, which shall truly surprise and wow the audience. Interesting new developments, including a more in-depth view of the event programme, are also expected to feature, blended with special colour lighting effect and sky beams.

The organisers believe that there is a different way to present these awards, and being original and different has been a major factor which distinguishes MBR Publication Ltd form the rest of the field where such events are concerned. It is because they believe to do things in a truly genuine, sincere and more emotional way, that they have created these awards. Their hope is that tomorrow gaming will cause more sympathy and create more CSR and fund raising opportunities to help other persons in need, particularly children with disabilities and cancer tribulations, and so the company hopes to continue on what they started over ten years ago and build on to provide and give for the helpless and needy with sympathy and passion, not just out of fear, stress or shock. The company works with other organisations and NGOs to make this dream happen. After all, it was MBR Publications Ltd who were the first to collect money and organise fund raising activities in the first ever awards given over eight years ago, involving companies and professionals in our industry to specifically reward the quality of the emotions produced on this medium. Therefore, the company sees this as a fantastic opportunity to move the lines! They hope you will join them in this wonderful adventure!

To get caught up on everything being nominated before the show kicks off, be sure to contact Margaret Brincat on 9940 6743/ Email: margaret@mbrpublications.net

Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  – Malta’s Premier and Largest Gaming Awards

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By George Carol

 

The last twelve months have been a period of change for the industry. The impact of the new Gaming Bill to be tabled in Maltese Parliament which will seek to repeal all the existing legislation and replace it with a singular primary Act of Parliament, together with subsidiary legislation covering horizontally the main thrusts of gaming regulation as well as a series of technical directives and guidelines currently being consulted on  by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) for eventual publication and rollout by the regulator once the Act comes into force, is still to be seen.

 

How much this will ensure that the gaming industry continues to be run responsibly, fairly and free from criminal activity, so that the Maltese jurisdiction provides a safe and well regulated environment where the industry can also develop and innovate is yet to be established and proven. The continued shock disclosure about the alleged Mafia links was again a “nightmare” for the gaming authority. Then there was the case of Alery Atanasov, a former employee of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (now the Malta Gaming Authority), who has told The Malta Independent on Sunday that although he had contacted a number of authorities, including the Internal Audit and Investigations Department (IAID), the police and the FIAU over alleged irregularities at his workplace, he felt that no action was being taken. Atanasov recently filed an application in the Law Courts to be recognised as a whistleblower. He says that he had not only spoken to the abovementioned authorities about the alleged irregularities, but had even handed over a file of documents during a meeting held with an official at the Office of the Prime Minister, in an attempt to “make sure that he (the Prime Minister) was informed of irregular practices”. Our newsroom has recently asked a series of questions to the MGA Chairman himself, regarding criteria for financial aid and support given to certain individuals and companies in past, and about conflict of interest within Gaming Malta, however, to this day, these were never answered.

 

Nonetheless, zipping away from this background, there has been a successful growth and development of many in the industry’s top companies and products. It is those success stories that we honour in Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards 2018 (MiGEA). Once again, MBR Publications Limited are honoured to have MiGEA, powered by the Malta Business Review, as an integral part of our awards program. Last year’s event was met with string support for many of the industry’s top executives and we look forward to another exciting event this year.

 

MiGEA is unique in that it unites the best gaming has to offer in both land-based and digital verticals; its mission to unite both industries under one esteemed ceremony reflects the overarching trend that is drawing online and offline gaming closer together. As we move into the era of omni-channel gaming, including the increased prevalence of digital products and games in casinos, MBR Publications Ltd recognises that bridging land-based and digital gaming is an important step in the industry’s future. MiGEA captures this notion better than any other awards, a major factor in attracting key gaming players to be part if this event.

SOME FACTS

  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  are open to all gaming business entrepreneurs operating in the Malta, and feature a wide variety of categories to recognise achievement in every facet of the workplace.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  are open to all gaming business entrepreneurs, and include categories to honour accomplishments in all aspects of work life.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  are open to all gaming (land based or online) business entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean region who have work related projects operational in Malta, or based in Malta.  The categories focus on recognising innovation in all aspects of worklife.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® are open to all gaming  and online payment business and gaming industrial organisations and entrepreneurs operating in Malta.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  are open to all business organisations, and recognize Malta’s best gaming entrepreneurs to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new gaming products and services, and suppliers who help to create and drive great workplaces.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® are open to all gaming organisations in Malta, and recognize the achievements of sales, customer service, and call center professionals.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  are open to all gaming organizations in Malta, and recognise the achievements of men and women executives, entrepreneurs, and the gaming organisations they run.
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® judges include many of the Malta’s most respected qualified gaming executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators.  Each of our awards programs harnesses the insights and talents of more than 20 highly respected professional judges every year.  All Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  entrants have access to all judges’ comments and scorcards about their nominations.
  • Sponsors of Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® programs include many leading B2B and B2C marketers, publishers, iGaming, real estate, hospitality, travel, maritime and government institutions.
  • There are a number of benefits to submitting nominations to Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® program.  We hope your organisation will participate, and look forward to welcoming you into the pantheon of past Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® winners.


Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards®  are the Malta’s premier and largest Gaming awards. They were created in 2015 to honour entrepreneurs and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of local gaming working professionals.  In short order Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® has become one of the Malta’s most coveted and sought business prizes.

It is a unique award show in a number of ways:

  • It’s the first award show in the Gaming industry to exclusively recognize companies or individuals;
  • It is open to all genders and with its categories covering almost all parts of a typical general gaming operation;
  • It’s the first and only award gala in the industry, where nominees will have to prove themselves in front of a panel of judges, with direct live scoring on the evening;
  • It’s the first ever live streamed award show in Malta;
  • It’s the first award show in the Gaming industry to be organised locally, by a Maltese registered Company and Malta based Shareholders;
  • MiGEA is first and foremost for talented Gaming employees and companies, who are based here in Malta and believe they have what it takes to become the best-of-the-best;
  • These awards are given to the companies and individuals that have impressed the industry most, which is the reason why they are so much sought-after;
  • It’s also the first gaming gala award to collect money for charity. We are honoured to have H.E. the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at the awards show;
  • Record number of nominations demonstrates that the awards are truly considered the “Best of the Best”;
  • Over 60 nominations with 30 finalists;
  • The only truly accredited awards highlighting the industry’s groundbreakers;
  • Top Quality Judging Panel;
  • Over 500 guests attending gala evening Awards presentation;
  • Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards® are the most fair, legitimate and therefore prized awards in the entire gaming industry;
  • To guarantee their fairness, the judging process and votes are presided over by JPMC Auditors, the Awards official adjudicators.

Anyone who works within, or is a supplier to the Gaming industry can attend the Awards. There is a limited amount of tickets available, which will be sold on a first come, first served basis. One can either purchase individual tickets or tables of 10 seats.

For further information please contact Margaret Brincat on 9940 6743/Email: margaret@mbrpublications.net