Malta Free Zones Act launched

The Malta Free Zones Act of 2019 has been launched, enabling the Malta Government to designate areas as free zones in Malta. This development has been welcomed as a step in the right direction to facilitate international trade.

Salvo Grima Group chairman Robert Aquilina was actively involved in the consultation process relating to this Act whilst chairing the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Industry‘s Logistics Committee.

The Act proposes the establishment of an authority to administer the free zones, whilst offering assistance to the enterprises operating within this sector, creating new opportunities in terms of high-quality jobs and commercial activity. 

“Our location at the commercial crossroads between Europe and Africa gives us a unique advantage,” said Economy Minister Chris Cardona, who presented the bill in Parliament. “This law will pave the way for Malta to become a centre of excellence for the logistics industry.”

Salvo Grima Group sponsors Wave of Change swim

Salvo Grima Group is proud to support a marathon swim being organised by fund-raising organisation Wave of Change. Wave of Change volunteers, including Number Twelve General Manager Andrew Azzopardi will be swimming around the island of Gozo on 29th June 2019 to raise funds for environmental charities.

We wish them the best of luck!

Salvo Grima Group holds its first Annual Conference for staff

Over 60 staff members participated in Salvo Grima Group’s first annual conference, which was held on 16th April 2019 at Xara Lodge in Rabat, Malta.

The event united teams from across all the Group’s operations, particularly Malta and the Netherlands, and aimed to create an opportunity for all to meet up and share ideas and experiences in a relaxed setting.

Business coach and TedX speaker Nathan Farrugia delivered a talk on letting go of fear to increase performance, while Tribali musician Peter Paul gave a workshop on teamwork through music.

Salvo Grima Group to distribute Swedish Match products in Malta

The distribution of ‘Three Star’ and ‘Bryant & May’ products for the Maltese domestic market has just been taken on by Salvo Grima Group, which is proud to share the brands’ tradition of quality and reliability.

With their distinctive logos and bright packaging, ‘Three Star’ and ‘Bryant & May’ safety matches are a familiar sight in many Maltese households.

‘Three Star’ and ‘Bryant & May’ are two of the most famous brands produced by Swedish Match, a global company which develops, manufactures and sells market leading brands in the tobacco and lights product segments.

With headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Swedish Match enjoys a large market share across several countries and aims to offer tobacco consumers alternatives to cigarettes. The firm employs over 5,000 people worldwide with production units in seven countries manufacturing several quality brands.

“Salvo Grima Group is proud to represent Swedish Match in Malta and we look forward to developing this business activity further, together with all stakeholders,” said Salvo Grima Group Chief Executive Officer Karl Aquilina. The distribution will initially be carried out in partnership with MMGH Limited.

Established in 1860, Salvo Grima Group is today a dynamic group of companies specialising in ship supply, travel retail, wholesale and product distribution in Europe and North Africa. It currently employs almost 100 people and runs operations in Malta, Spain and the Netherlands as well as North Africa.

Salvo Grima chairman addresses Logistics information session

The Logistics Committee at the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise held an information session on recent developments in Mediterranean logistics, including the Malta Free Zone Act on 5th March 2019.

The session was also addressed by Salvo Grima Group chairman Robert C Aquilina, who gave an overview of the Chamber’s recent achievements. The Chamber has been working to ensure that the logistics sector is strengthened further.

Mr Aquilina currently chairs the Logistics Committee panel at Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise.

The information session was followed by a reception sponsored by Salvo Grima Group.

Salvo Grima appoints new Group Financial Controller

A new Group Financial Controller has been appointed by Salvo Grima Group of Companies to further strengthen its finance operations in line with its ongoing growth and international business development.

Accountant Josianne Mallia was selected for the post by the Salvo Grima Board of Directors in view of her strong performance as Senior Manager within the Group finance section.

Ms Mallia has been a member of the Group’s senior management team for several years, dealing with the financial aspect of expansion into new international markets including Spain, the Netherlands, Tunisia and, more recently, Cyprus. Ms Mallia originally joined the Salvo Grima Group as an accountant in 2006, being promoted to Senior Accountant in 2008 and Senior Manager Finance in 2010.

“The Salvo Grima Board of Directors has wholeheartedly endorsed our recommendation for Josianne’s new appointment In view of her excellent performance in handling ever-increasing responsibilities,” said Group Chief Executive Officer Karl Aquilina. “We congratulate her on this significant achievement and look forward to this new chapter in the development of our finance team.”

Ms Mallia described her new appointment as an important step in her career path and she appreciated the trust placed in her by the Salvo Grima Group Board and CEO. “During the past twelve years I have seen the Group growing and adapting to market changes and it gives me a sense of pride that I am part of its success,” she said. “The loyalty and commitment of all employees across the group are a strong source of encouragement for me in my new role and I look forward to continue working closely with the senior management team in the best interest of the business and its shareholders.”

Ship Supply operations awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification

In recognition of the consistently high quality standards across all its ship supply operations, Salvo Grima & Sons has just been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

Together with the upgrade audit held recently to upgrade the firm from ISO 9001:2008, a surveillance audit was also held to monitor the effectiveness of the firm’s Quality Management System. We are pleased to report that the firm passed the audit with flying colours, with zero non-conformities.

“This is surely an excellent result obtained through a lot of hard work and dedication from ALL the members of the team, both office or warehouse-based,” said Malcolm Sammut, General Manager – Ship Supply.”This reflects the high quality levels and standards of our Company’s operations.”

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Service Dog graduation hosted by Salvo Grima Foundation

Salvo Grima Group celebrated an unique event on 7th December, as young Golden Retriever – Quincy – formally graduated as a fully-fledged Service Dog in the presence of her trainers and sponsors.

The graduation ceremony marked the end of an intensive 18 month-training programme designed for Quincy to become an Autism Assistance Service Dog – that is, a dog that is specifically trained to support children who are on the autistic spectrum.

During the last phase of her training, Quincy was matched with Ben, a 10-year old autistic boy. The pair bonded from the first day they met and from now on Quincy will be accompanying Ben at all times to help him face the challenges of everyday life. With Quincy’s calming and reassuring presence by his side, Ben can go about his daily activities with more confidence.

“Quincy can tell when Ben is about to have a meltdown and she goes to him and calms him down. Life has become much easier for the whole family since Quincy entered our lives,” said Ben’s father, Eric.
Since the Service Dogs Malta Foundation was set up in 2013, it has successfully trained and qualified five autism assistance service dogs and one diabetic alert dog. Once qualified, the dog is given to the family it has been matched with for free. As part of their training, the Foundation’s dogs also provide therapy services to children with behavioural difficulties and the elderly.

Vice-Chairman and co-founder of the Service Dogs Malta Foundation, Joseph Stafrace, explained that the ultimate aim of the Foundation is to provide a service dog to anyone who could potentially benefit from having one. This is no easy target when one considers that it costs the Foundation up to Eur15,000 to train and maintain a service dog.
Quincy’s training was proudly sponsored by the Salvo Grima Foundation, which hosted her graduation ceremony at its premises. The graduation coincided with World Disability Week.

Welcoming those present, Salvo Grima Group Chief Executive Officer Karl Aquilina, explained that the Salvo Grima Foundation was established in 2018 to contribute positively to society and the community around us. Quincy’s graduation was a sign that the Foundation was already registering visible results. The Foundation team of administrators was also looking forward to funding further valuable projects during 2019.

The ceremony was also attended by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo.

For more information on the Service Dogs Malta Foundation please visit or call PR Jo Cremona on 790 49 675.

Celebrations for Salvo Grima Ship Supply

The team behind Salvo Grima Ship Supply celebrated their excellent results by throwing a mid-summer boat party.

The cruise party, held on 29th July 2018, was a success and a great opportunity for the team to relax and enjoy some time boating.

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