Minister Tonio Fenech during his visit to St Anthony Woodworks

Finance Minister Tonio Fenech during his visit to St Anthony Woodworks.Quality certification could increase international business opportunities for local enterprises and the new Quality scheme could allow businesses to be refunded for expenses incurred after investing in certification.

St Anthony Woodworks is one of the local companies which has already taken the initiative and achieved the ISO 9001:2008 quality certification after implementing several procedures for quality administration.

The company’s accounts and administration executive, Brian Zammit said: “Our products are all for the local market and although we were faced with challenges when entering the EU, the Malta Enterprise ERDF grant scheme has improved our services and efficiency.”

With every new machine purchased for the company, Zammit said in-house training was provided for different persons to operate each machine.

Zammit added that the company was MSA certified for quality management and while it was not easy to achieve, the investment and certification improved their business opportunities.