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"Empowered women are essential collaborators, to create more empowered businesses and resilient communities. For this reason, I am pleased to support this important initiative, being undertaken by HSBC Bank Malta, to celebrate the contributions of business women in the Maltese Islands. I believe we must do more, to highlight the role of the private sector as a crucial partner, to advance women’s empowerment. The effective inclusion of women will drive the national economic development of Malta, while also effectively promoting our aspirations, to achieve full gender equality and equity."

H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca President Of Malta

“I passionately believe that diversity of thought is an essential component of business success. Today 60% of graduates from the University of Malta are female, but only 5% of all Board positions in Malta’s listed companies are held by women, the lowest in the EU. Our economy cannot truly prosper and compete internationally over the long term unless the remarkable talent of business women in Malta is truly set free. And beyond the simple economics, in any healthy society there must be a fundamental moral perspective that it is talent alone which determines potential for progression and success. Within HSBC we are making progress to ensure equality but we also feel a responsibility to speak out and stand up for the promotion of meritocracy in wider society. We are honoured that Her Excellency the President of Malta, who clearly is a role model and advocate of equality at the highest level of society, has graciously agreed to be the patron of these awards to recognise and encourage excellence amongst businesswomen in the country.”

Andrew Beane CEO, HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.

About us

About the awards

Malta has made significant steps forward in terms of breaking the glass ceiling and empowering women to reach their full potential. Notwithstanding, there are still a number of initiatives that need to be taken in order to increase gender equality and diversity in all spheres of life, especially in the world of business. Despite signs of improvement in the EU’s gender equality index, Maltese women are still in a very small minority on the boards of directors of both public and private entities. According to statistics, only 8.5% of directors of companies listed on the MSE are female.

The “Malta Businesswoman of the Year Awards” are designed to help promote and recognise women who have achieved significant success in business, and serve as an inspiration and encouragement for other women.  The Awards also aim to accelerate the journey towards gender equality within the private sector.

Categories

1. Businesswoman of the year

This award will be presented to a female business owner/entrepreneur, director, executive/manager or professional who has achieved outstanding success. This will be measured in all aspects of the business – from profitability to customer relations and from strong and consistent growth to innovation and implementation. The winner is expected to demonstarte the outstanding contribution she has made to her sector and the impact she makes in her field. She should be able to demonstrate how her business provides support and input that makes a clear and beneficial difference to the people it works with, and how she delivers consistently outstanding levels of customer or client service. The winner in this category will be able to prove an appreciation of and an ability to deliver genuine added value whichever field of business she operates in.

The winner will serve as an inspiration to other female entrepreneurs and executives – through her story she will inspire and encourage others who may be following in her footsteps. She will be expected to demonstrate how she overcame obstacles on her journey to success, demonstrating determination and commitment.

2. Young businesswoman of the year

The winner will be a young female business owner/entrepreneur, director, executive/manager or professional who is a true trail blazer, leading the way as an example for her own generation. Nominees must be under 35 years of age to enter this category. The winner is expected to have a clear business vision, have achieved goals in line with her business plans and have already seen a measure of success.

This award will be presented to a truly inspirational young businesswoman who will encourage other young women to launch their own business or to seek senior positions within their organisation.

3. Company award for excellence in the promotion of women in business

This award will be presented to a company which can demonstrate tangible support and commitment in the promotion of women in business. The winning company will be expected to have implemented measures to promote women, giving them equal opportunities and providing the right environment for them to flourish and achieve their full potential. The winning company will be expected to demonstrate progress towards achieving gender balance in their senior management and decision making functions.

The winner of this category will serve as an inspiration to other companies that are serious in providing women with career and growth opportunities.

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Nomination Guidlines

  1. Nominations can be submitted for female entrepreneurs or members of an organisation’s management team from all industries in the private sector.
  2. Colleagues, clients, family and friends can send in nominations or candidates can nominate themselves.
  3. There is no charge to nominate and you can enter as many categories as you wish.
  4. Information provided should be relevant to the candidate’s/company’s activities in the previous 18 months from point of nomination.
  5. Nominations should ideally include details of company revenues where specified (although this is not mandatory at the application stage).
  6. For purpose of these criteria, applicants for the ‘Young Businesswoman of the Year Award’ must be under 35 years of age on 31st December 2018 to enter this category.
  7. Only nominations from the private sector will be accepted.
  8. Businesses must operate in Malta, and subsidiaries of foreign companies based in Malta are eligible to apply.
  9. The judges will decide the winners based on the written confirmations of the submissions, so try to include as much information as possible, providing meaningful figures/statistics to support points.
  10. Nominations close at noon on Monday, 26th November 2018.
  11. The winners will be announced exclusively at the Malta Businesswoman of the Year 2018 Awards ceremony on Saturday, 9th February 2019.
Application/Nomination Form
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  • Complete only if you are nominating someone other than yourself.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?

Entries for 2018 are open as from Monday, 5th November 2018. Entries are online.

Closing date for the entries is noon on Monday, 26th November 2018.

We do not charge an entry fee. The finalists and winners are chosen by a panel of business experts based on the information supplied in the application form, and upon verification of the details provided.

Do I have to provide financial information?

Ideally yes, although this is not mandatory at the application stage. However, the more information we have about your business the more enabled the judges will be to take a final decision. It is also important to answer all the questions as factually as possible. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

I am not a big business – are these awards for me?

Yes, most certainly. Our awards for businesswomen focus on individuals who have accomplished amazing achievements for themselves, their business and their clients. These awards are about women in business who have made a difference.

Who judges the awards?

A panel of business experts from various entrepreneurial backgrounds.

When will the awards ceremony be held?

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, 9th February 2019, during which local media will be present. The winners will be announced on the night.

What is the award?

The award will be a certificate and a trophy, which will be presented to the winners by dignitaries during the awards ceremony.

What happens after the awards ceremony?

The awards ceremony will be followed by a networking reception.

If you have any more questions about our awards for businesswomen, do feel free to contact us on astridsaliba@hsbc.com.

Sponsors

In today’s world, diversity of gender and thought are key factors for business success, because different perspectives enable better decisions.

Today 60% of graduates from the University of Malta are female, but only 5% of all Board positions in Malta’s listed companies are held by women, the lowest in the EU.  Economy cannot truly prosper and compete internationally over the long term unless the remarkable talent of business women in Malta is truly set free.

Internally, the bank works to foster a climate of equality, including advancement of women in their careers, while externally it remains a passionate supporter of the cause.

Advancing women in their careers makes business sense too as it provides competitive advantage by maximising staff and business potential, it reduces staff turnover and increases employee motivation.  This also creates new business opportunities and long-lasting benefits to the community.

HSBC firmly believes that meritocracy is a guiding principle when it comes to fostering a culture based on diversity and inclusion, and over the past years the Bank has taken a number of steps to achieve gender balance in management positions.  In fact, in 2018, HSBC Malta became the first large organisation in Malta with a 50% of its Executive Committee positions held by female colleagues, appointed in all cases based on their ability.

HSBC Malta is proud to support the mission and goals of the Malta Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

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