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maltatoday | SUNDAY • 3 APRIL 2022 14 COMMERCIAL MeDirect Bank launches commission-free campaign on securities purchased throughout April MEDIRECT Bank Malta has launched a "Buy Commis- sion-Free" campaign whereby clients are not charged any bro- kerage fees when purchasing securities available through the MeDirect Bank's mobile app, eBanking platform and in person, through its investment centres. The campaign is valid for the whole month of April. Customers can choose their preferred investment from a huge selection of over 4,300 securities, including equities listed on 17 international stock exchanges, several ETFs and Mutual Funds managed by in- ternational and leading fund houses, together with a selec- tion of local and international bonds. The Buy Commission-Free offer includes mutual fund buy orders submitted by 30 April as well as equity, ETF and bond buy orders executed until 30 April. Buy orders executed after the end of the promotion, will in- cur the fees stipulated in the tariffs and charges document, which is available on the Me- Direct Malta website. Stock exchange transac- tion fees, taxes on stock ex- change transactions and other third-party costs will continue to apply, alongside the cur- rent fees for sell transactions. Terms and conditions apply and can be found on https:// buy/. MeDirect Bank Malta is the island's First Digital Bank and offers its clients access to mar- ket-leading financial products. Earlier this year, MeDirect Bank Malta launched trading services through its mobile app which allows users to invest real-time whilst on the move from anywhere. The MeDirect mobile app enables clients to have an all-in-one banking solution which gives clients full control of their finances from one single platform, allowing them to monitor and manage their day-to-day finances, sav- ings and investments. If one is not a client of MeDirect, they can be guided online on how to open an account with the bank and be able to benefit from this offer by clicking on https:// start. For further information clients may contact MeDi- rect Bank on 25574400 or visit MeDirect Bank (Malta) plc, company registration number C34125, is licensed to under- take the business of banking in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371) and investment services under the Investment Services Act (Cap. 370). LOCAL group of compa- nies IDEA Group have just launched a new recruitment company with a difference. IDEA Resourcing combines recruitment with training and is backed by a team of organ- isational psychology experts who understand the dynamic of 'perfect fit' without merely relying on matching CVs. Managing Director Silvio De Bono says that the idea be- hind the latest addition to the group's portfolio of companies came as a natural process expe- rienced by the Group. "As a Group, we are the lead- ers in offering education and training on one hand, and meeting customers' needs by looking into their corporate services as another," Dr De Bono explains. "We truly understand this need and, through IDEA Re- sourcing, we strive to converge these two different but related needs together." One of the biggest challenges currently facing the recruit- ment market is that there has been an exponential increase in the demand for jobs across different levels and in different economic sectors, Dr De Bono says. This means that employers are being faced with the chal- lenge of recruiting resources, and not talent. "In meeting the customers' demands, different companies embarked on a re- cruitment spree to get as many people as possible on board to meet the demand. "The immediate negative re- sults can be summarised in having an untrained workforce, a higher rate of employee turn- over and a decrease in the over- all levels of commitment and engagement. "In addition, the cost of la- bour has increased up to a point where employers have put themselves out of the com- petitive race." Through its expertise in edu- cation and management, IDEA Resourcing is proposing a dif- ferent solution to this problem, Dr De Bono continues. Rather than recruiting resources, the company wishes to work with employers to recruit talent, and rather than recruiting to fill a temporary gap, it is encourag- ing employers to investigate longer-term solutions. IDEA Resourcing positions itself as an industry partner to turn its clients' problems into opportu- nities for employee growth and development. IDEA Resourcing draws up- on the expertise and resources supplied by the other compa- nies within the group. IDEA Academy has posi- tioned itself as a leader in the provision of accredited educa- tion at different levels across 10 different economic sectors. All its courses are industry driven and intended to ensure that enough knowledge and skills are given to help students advance in their careers. IDEA Advisory and IDEA In- telligence, on the other hand, offer bespoke consultancy and AI solutions to companies. "This implies that, through these three companies, we are constantly looking into the business market from differ- ent angles. Therefore, I am convinced that while our work in the Advisory and Intelligence business gives us a top-down understanding of the corporate world, our direct contact with adult students attending our progammes reveals to us the bottom-up issues of employees who aspire to climb up the cor- porate ladder. "At IDEA Resourcing, we move away from the quick fixes and focus on longer term-solu- tions. Our aim is to work with companies to recruit, develop and retain talent." For more information, visit IDEA Group launches new recruitment company with a difference Physical event exploring Malta's manufacturing sector to be held on 7 April THE manufacturing industry is going through significant tran- sition both globally and even locally. The Covid-19 pandemic, logistics challenges, sustaina- bility considerations, trade ten- sions, conflict, inflation, and commodity shortages are forcing manufacturers to rethink their strategies and supply chains. Si- multaneously, digital innovation is changing how products are de- signed, fabricated, and serviced, while also transforming the op- erations and processes of facto- ries and supply chains. EY Malta, in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Com- merce, Enterprise and Industry, has conducted a survey with key manufacturing leaders in Malta to assess the current landscape and outline the way forward. These results will be shared dur- ing the event - Industry Focus Se- ries: Manufacturing - along with insights from key sector experts and a panel discussion further analysing the results. The event kicks-off with some thoughts from the President of the Malta Chamber, Marisa Xuereb, after which the survey results will be presented by EY's Tax Partner Chris Naudi and Strategy and Transactions Direc- tor Simon Barberi. These findings will be analysed by a panel that includes: Fer- sun Akyuz, General Manager of CMA CGM; Brian Muscat, Gen- eral Manager of Multi Packaging Limited; Martin Hignett, Manag- ing Director of Trelleborg Seal- ing Solutions Malta; and Chris Balzan, Associate Partner, As- surance at EY. The panel will be moderated by Ediana Guillaumi- er, People Advisory Services and EY Connect Learning Lead. George Panagiotopoulos, Asso- ciate Partner, Consulting, Supply Chain & Operations, EY Greece, will provide a keynote on acceler- ating manufacturing operational performance and supply-chain planning through digital trans- formation. The event will end with a few words from Dr Ing. Anton Bartolo from University of Malta and Dr Marthese Portelli, CEO of The Malta Chamber and networking for attendees. Industry Focus Series: Manufac- turing takes place on 7 April at The Malta Chamber in Valletta from 8:30am – 10:30am. Attend- ance is free of charge for all those who register: en_mt/events/industry-focus-se- ries---manufacturing-. For more information contact eyevents@

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