The Malta Business Bureau represents the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) in Brussels and Malta. It does so by liaising directly with the European institutions, the Maltese Permanent Representation and with umbrella organisations such as BusinessEurope, EUROCHAMBRES and HOTREC on all policy and funding issues affecting Maltese business interests.
The MBB is currently composed of two offices, the Head Office in Malta and a Representation Office in Brussels, the operations of which are overseen by MBB Chief Executive Officer, Joe Tanti.
One of the main tasks of the organisation is to provide information to the Maltese business community with regards to EU policy and legislation related to their operations, while also keep them up to date in the sphere of EU funding for business. The MBB also has vast experience in EU funding projects which bring together the EU vision and the interests of the Maltese business community. In addition, the MBB has experience in the field of business support, especially through its Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) service-provision.
In Brussels, the organisation plays a key role in continuing to develop and strengthen the organisation’s ties with its Pan-European networks and European partners. The MBB’s technical experts make it possible for the organisation to thrive in its EU advocacy and policy work, continue following business-related EU policies and also make it possible to target legislative lobbying in Brussels with European legislators, allowing MBB to play an active role in the EU’s legislative process.
Through the Maltese Consortium within the Enterprise Europe Network, all SMEs receive information and a personalised service tailored to their needs. More concretely, we offer the following services:
We develop exchanges between enterprises, trigger new ideas, nurture potential partnerships and stimulate firms to develop beyond their initial horizons. B2B matchmaking meetings are often organised to assist companies in identifying trustworthy business partners.
We help small businesses with technical issues such as legislation, as it can be difficult for companies to remain abreast of changes in EU legislation, as it can often be difficult for companies to remain abreast of changes in EU related opportunities.
We encourage and hand-hold SMEs to become more innovative throughout the client journey. Sharing the results of our research and our Network partners can often help businesses trigger new ideas. We also assist companies to collaborate within Clusters on different innovation-related activities which eventually lead to a wider access of innovative technology, helping them face global competition challenges more effectively.
Tapping different sources of EU financing and ensuring that companies are aware of the possibilities available is one of our primarly goals. Utilising these funds can be a means to address challenges in the areas of innovation, environment, and the labour market amongst others. We dedicate a specific focus towards SMEs that are willing to participate in research programmes.
We act as a two-way communicator between entrepreneurs and the European Commission, relaying views in both directions to ensure that policies and initiatives prepared by the Commission will be helpful for SMEs on the ground and do not create additional administrative burdens for our businesses.