JCI Malta combined the Friendly Business Awards and the Global Goals Awards under one mega awards night: The JCI Malta Awards. Here you can learn all about the awards night and how you can nominate your favourite person or business.
The Friendly Business Awards category is there to recognise the pivotal role small businesses, that are innovative, play in our local community.
Friendly Business Awards
If you know of a friendly business worth recognising, now is the time to put them in the spotlight.
Our 2018 Award Winners
Amy Sargent has been working tirelessly on finding alternate materials to use instead of plastic bags for fruits and vegetables in supermarkets. Alongside her co-founder, Reuben Spiteri, she created VECO with the aim of offering sustainable products to all. The first product to launch was areusable fruit and vegetable bag made from recycled plastic.
Scientific or Technological Development
Jonathan Galea is the Managing Director of Blockchain Advisory, and has been involved in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies since 2013. A graduated lawyer and certified C developer, Jonathan has been an influential figure vis-à-vis the introduction of crypto-regulation in Malta.
Bjorn Formosa was diagnosed with ALS in late July 2015. Following his diagnosis, he started pursuing a battle to fight ALS. He set up and has been leading ALS Malta, even though his health has been deteriorating more andmore as time goes by. The first televised fundraiser raised about €500k specifically to provide med– ical equipment to ALS patients.
Contribution to Peace and Human Rights
Dr Andrew Sciberras has been working within the human rights field, where freedom of expression is involved, ever since he was a student. He published his doctoral thesis on the subject, which advocated the abolition of archaic censorship laws. In 2016 he was appointed by Government to revise the Maltese criminal laws on pornography, obscenity and blasphemy, with a view to enhancing free speech in the arts.
Sarah Woods is working tirelessly towards empowering and bringing women in business together. To that end, she has co-founded SHE; Social Hub Entrepreneurs with Julia Perry – a support network for women in Malta, designed to help establish connections and relations in business. SHE’s firm belief is that by standing together we can achieve more and further women’s entrepreneurial success.
Vanessa Vella is a Software En- gineer intrigued by anything STEM-related and currently working towards bridging the gender gap in Tech. In fact she co-founded and runs a Non-Profit Organisation called MissInTech which strives to help introduce more women to technology.
SDG-Conscious Cultural Achievement
Jacqueline Grech is a scientist by day and Strummin’ Coordinator by night. Strummin’ is an annu- al charity concert which features a band accompanied by a guitar choir that strums along to popular songs. The concert raises moneyfor a different local charity eachyear always donating thousands of Euros.
Healthy Lifestyle & Wellbeing
Natalie Muschamp used to dance before she could walk and is determined to help people through dance while actively seeking to create a more compassionate world. Natalie is the founder of Step Up for Parkinson’s, a voluntary organisation that offers free specialised movement classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregiver.
Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli
Julia Farrugia Portelli is a former editor and journalist, with 20 years of experience under her belt. Currently she is the Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms,Citizenship and Simplification. One of her most inspiring projects was opening and launching six open libraries around the towns of Malta’s 5th district.
Jurgen Balzan who has been working in the journalism industry for around 7 years, joined the team of The Shift News, following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist. Despite the hurdles he faces today, Jurgen remains committed to delivering independently produced news stories to the Maltese public.
The Friendliest Business
Veco was launched earlier this year with one main goal in mind – to provide alternatives for single-use plastic while creating awareness onthe dangers of plastic waste. The first step towards fulfilling our goalwas creating reusable veggiebags made from 100% RPET material for customers to use while grocery shopping.
The Deli’s concept is clean eating. They work hard to provide good and healthy food without nasty additives readily available for people to enjoy. The Deli tries to keep the food choices inter-esting to fight against the ideathat healthy eating is boring.
Water Point Malta’s mission isto provide micro filtrated water which is fresh at a very affordable price. They have set up machines in four strategic locations, that will allow anyone to refill their bottle of water for a few cents. The water is fresh and cold. A litre of still water is only 20 cents.