Shireburn Bake Sale for a Good Cause

After a week of enthusiastic menu planning, the day finally arrived for Shireburn staff to bring homemade sweet and savory goodies to work, baked by themselves.

Bake Sale 2017 - 1We’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to a very special little boy, currently awaiting a heart transplant overseas. All proceeds from this bake sale will be going towards helping him and his family to get through this very difficult time. We send out our love to this courageous boy and his family and wish them a speedy return back home!

The variety at this year’s bake sale proved that Shireburn’s team are not only great at all that is tech, but they’re also masters in the kitchen! The yummy delights ranged from Peanut Butter Cake to Cinnamon Roll Cookies, Bolognese and Salami Stromboli and Cheese Muffins just to name a few.

Bake Sale 2017 - 2A huge well done to all the staff who dedicated their time to baking these treats, and an even bigger well done to all those who bought these goodies, enabling us to raise funds for a super good cause.


Shireburn Staff Sicily Trip 2017

Catania 2017
Catania, Sicily

Shireburn Software treated its team to a one-day road trip in Sicily, last Saturday 17th July.

The growing team of 47 has achieved some remarkable milestones over recent months, so it was time for a rewarding team-building trip.

The plan: A full day of sightseeing, good food and wine, and lots of laughter, the Sicilian way.

The day started off as early as 5:50am, with a flight to Catania.

Once our feet were on the ground, we kicked off with a typical Sicilian breakfast consisting of coffee and croissants in the main square of Catania.

Next, we headed to the baroque city of Noto and after a brief talk about its history by our tour guide, we indulged in some local granita and brioche.

Planeta Winery 2017
Planeta Winery

For lunch, the group visited the famous Planeta Winery for a tour around the winery and its vineyards, and a wine tasting session, accompanied by an amazing buffet of typical Sicilian food. The team got to enjoy an outdoor lunch in the picturesque Sicilian countryside.

Siracusa was next on the list, with visits to the Greek theatre and Ortigia island.

The day finished off with a boat tour around the harbour at sunset, accompanied by a typical ‘aperitivo’ on board.

Boat Trip 2017
Siracusa Sunset Tour

More photos can be found on our Facebook Page Album here.


Blood Donation Drive – World Blood Donor Day

Blood-Drive-June-2017Shireburn employees participated and donated blood during the 7th bi-annual blood donation drive held last Wednesday 14th June, at SkyParks Business Centre, Malta International Airport, for World Blood Donor Day.

All employees within the SkyParks and Malta International Airport facilities, as well as the general public, were invited to donate.

The event is organised bi-annually by a number of tenants and stakeholders within the SkyParks Business Centre, namely Shireburn Software, CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics, Evolution Gaming, Talbot & Bons as well as SkyParks and the National Blood Transfusion Unit.

CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics provided the use of their premises for the blood donation drive, whilst Talbot&Bons provided refreshments.

The World Blood Donor Day campaign was adapted by the Concept Stadium, who also donated their services for the good cause.

This initiative falls part of Shireburn’s ongoing corporate social responsibility programme, encouraging employees and the general public to donate blood and give back to the community.

Employees Donating Blood

The management of Shireburn Software thanked staff members for potentially saving lives today.








Shireburn sponsors Entrepreneurship Workshop by Rotaract Malta

Image may contain: textShireburn is proud to be supporting an entrepreneurship workshop being organised by Rotaract Malta.

Work Hard Play Hard,’ is an entrepreneurship workshop being held on Saturday 17th June at the Santana Hotel, Qawra, led by seasoned professionals in the field, aimed at gaining insight into innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics such as the validation of business ideas, leadership and the entrepreneur, born global entrepreneurs and more will be explored.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation. Bookings can be done via the Google Form here.

Visit www.rotaractmalta.org/seminardetails or the Facebook Event for more information. If you have any queries or need any help, please contact Rotaract Malta on events@rotaractmalta.org.


Shireburn supports ICT Student Association (ICTSA)

Shireburn Software is proud to announce its renewed support of the ICT Student Association (ICTSA), signing a one year agreement as a gold sponsor. The association represents both University of Malta and MCAST Students following various ICT related courses of study.

Through this agreement, Shireburn will support ICTSA in reaching its objectives as a focal student body in the future of the ICT industry in Malta, seeking to attract more students to this sector, and connect them with the ICT industry.

ICTSA Executive Committee
ICTSA Executive Committee 2017

The collaboration between Shireburn and ICTSA will also ensure that students benefit from excellent career opportunities and industry exposure, both throughout their formal studies, but also beyond.

This initiative forms part of Shireburn’s ongoing commitment to support the IT professionals of the future. Shireburn has in fact continued to promote its student internship programme, as well as holding regular student visits to the company premises for both information sessions on the IT industry, as well as week-long career exposure initiatives.

ICTSA is a faculty-based student organisation that represents all students reading any degree in some way associated with information and communications technology.

ICTSA Industry Expo
Shireburn at the ICTSA Industry Expo 2016

They strive to improve student-faculty relations by immediately responding to student feedback. Furthermore, they also organise social and academic events to enrich students’ life on campus. More on ICTSA can be found on www.ictsamalta.org

Current Career Opportunities at Shireburn Software

Visit careers.shireburn.com for the latest job openings and apply online today.

  • Trainee .NET Web Developer
  • .NET Web Developer
  • Support & Implementation Agent
  • Technical Services Specialist

About Shireburn Software

Shireburn Software is a software products company, specialising in the development of business software solutions and their support, both locally and overseas. Solutions include accounting, payroll and HR, inventory and retail, eCommerce and document management amongst others. www.shireburn.com


Starting your own Business

Starting your own businessStarting a business is something many people dream about, yet few take the plunge and get their idea off the ground. Opening your own business doesn’t have to be intimidating; indeed there are many resources that those wishing to open a business can avail themselves of. These, along with a few tips to avoid common pitfalls can get you along your way to success in no time.

In our 30+ years helping businesses succeed, we’ve come to understand start-ups and the challenges faced by many entrepreneurs.

In this short article we cover some tips along with ideas from where you can get professional resources and help. Whether it’s the start-up you have always dreamed of opening, or a business in need of a push, these pointers will help you run your business smoother.

  1. Know your Market

The main reason startups fail is due to them creating a product or service for which there is an insufficient market. A study carried out by CB Insights revealed that 42% of start-ups failed because they created something nobody wanted. (http://fortune.com/2014/09/25/why-startups-fail-according-to-their-founders)

Market research should be carried out early in the development process as adjustments or complete revamps might follow unfavourable results. Market research doesn’t have to be complicated and there is a lot you can do from the comfort of your home or office.

Google Trends is a free tool by Google that allows you see how search engine queries are trending; giving you an idea of how much people are looking for your product/service category as well as a forecast for the near future. (https://www.google.com/trends)

The Amazon best-sellers list indexes the most sought items on Amazon, which allows you to view what the (arguably) world’s largest retailer is selling most. Ensure you check localized Amazon versions for a better understanding of markets that are closer to home. (http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers/zgbs)

  1. Marketing

As well as knowing your market you also need to determine how to access your market. Your choices will vary according to the type of product, your sectoral, geographic focus, and more.  Products or services which address a niche market are interesting in that you can normally reach them through specific conferences and exhibitions, trade magazines or websites following that market.  This makes marketing less expensive than in a sector where you have to reach a massive audience to be successful.

  1. Strategize

Building a strategy is one of the key exercises any budding entrepreneur would do well to look into. Developing a strategy ensures all key components and stakeholders have been accounted and catered for ensuring you don’t miss anything. If you are not quite sure on how to get started, check out Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas which can easily be downloaded and printed from here.

  1. Funding

Depending on the nature of the business, funding is an essential component or at least an important catalyst for growth. When looking for funding, ensure a working prototype or an operational service is already available. Many investors would find it very difficult to invest in an idea without seeing or experiencing what they are investing in. It is also a good idea to be generating some sort of revenue before approaching an investor, showing you have what it takes to get a business off the ground and generate returns. Here are some options you may consider for funding:

  • Angel Investors are individual investors that invest early on in the business development process.
  • Venture Capitalists are large firms with larger funds available for investments. Venture Capitalists usually enter into the foray at different stages with the later stages requiring you to give away less equity as the business matures and stabilizes.
  • Crowd Funding is a rather new concept that allows the general public to donate much smaller sums. By collecting from the masses you can expect funding that is smaller in size but bigger in volume. Typically, limited editions or early versions are shipped to those individuals that invest larger sums. ZAAR is a local platform that Maltese entrepreneurs can use to tap into the crowd-funding market. Internationally, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two well-known platforms that have funded some well-known projects across the globe.
  • Government Entities such as Malta Enterprise may also offer support and funding opportunities to help start-ups and businesses achieve success.
  1. Financial Planning

Financial planning might not be the easiest of tasks, especially in the early stages. However, planning out your finances, and adjusting as you go along ensures you can stay operational and is pivotal to success. Financial planning is not a one-time exercise but requires continuous adjustments as the business shifts and grows.

Typically, a start-up will take some time to break even – the point at which revenue covers the costs incurred by the company. Before break-even, the start-up will need cash to pay for its expenses making financial planning not only important but indeed paramount.

Cash Flow is another important aspect to consider when planning your finances. The Death Valley Curve is the initial period until which the business can generate enough income to sustain itself. The point at which income covers all costs is called the break-even point after which the company will hopefully move to profit. As an entrepreneur you need to ensure there are enough cash reserves to cover all expenses until you reach break-even point. Cash flow is more critical in the short term than profit

  1. Writing up a Business Plan

Business Plans are the manifestos by which startups operate their business. Business Plans cover everything a business requires from marketing and operations to ICT and budgeting. Whilst many entrepreneurs seem to think that a business plan is something you write once and then relegate to the back of a shelf, a business plan serves its true purpose when it is kept updated as the business and challenges it faces progress and develop.

There is not one official format in which to write a business plan and this can typically put off those looking at starting a new business. Business Plans should indeed be customized according to your needs and market whilst including everything that needs to be planned.

Business First is a Malta Enterprise service that offers a number of resources to businesses in Malta. You can find the Business Plan format they suggest here.

  1. Community

Malta offers a great entrepreneurship community where like-minded individuals meet to discuss ideas and challenges together in an environment that promotes creativity and growth. A number of centres and events across Malta are designed with the local entrepreneur in mind, offering advice and services that can help get a business off the ground.

Visit the sites below to learn more about communities and events that offer opportunities and resources to those looking to start a business.

Opening a new business requires research and effort. Whilst the points covered here are not all-inclusive, they do offer a general idea of what an entrepreneur typically looks at. If you are thinking about starting up a business, we do encourage you to do your research and use the resources mentioned throughout the article.

You can also get in touch with our business team who have helped hundreds of small businesses in developing the software infrastructure to drive their business forward. Our modular business solutions will enable you to invest in those modules you require, and later plug the rest in as your business grows. Talk to us today.