AX Awards 2022: Recognising service, merit and talent

Over the years, the AX Group’s Annual Long Service Employee Awards Night has become one of the most highly anticipated events as it seeks to recognise employees and show gratitude for their years of unwavering service to the company across all the divisions. AX Group Chairman, Mr Angelo Xuereb, said he was elated that over 40 of the Group’s employees were receiving the recognition for long service ranging between 5 and 30 years, as it not only showcased their loyalty, but positioned AX Group as an employer of choice by retaining employees for decades.

During the event, which was held at AX The Palace’s State Hall and Alexandra Gardens, Chief Executive Officer Mr Michael Warrington stated, “I’m very proud that AX Group has the knowledge, skill and vision to build great teams. You are the cornerstones that make up those successful teams, who strive to train and encourage all our new colleagues who join the Group.” He further commented that the AX Awards Night is a testimony to each member’s unique and priceless contribution.

The ceremony celebrated the long service of employees who were presented with awards. The respective long service awards were presented by Chairman Mr Angelo Xuereb, Chief Executive Officer Mr Michael Warrington, Hospitality and Care Director Ms Claire Zammit Xuereb and Construction, Development and Real Estate Director Ms Denise Micallef Xuereb.

Additionally, ten members of staff were nominated for the Chairman’s Awards, holding management and operative positions. Four winners were announced with pride, to whom Mr Xuereb presented the prestigious awards in recognition for their loyalty, commitment, never ceasing to go above and beyond, as well as portraying AX values in their roles. Furthermore, the night also featured recognition for three retirees who previously formed part of the AX Group family.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021 was awarded to Mr Anthony Schembri who has worked with the company well over retirement age. The award was presented to him in recognition of his hard work and dedication to the company.

The ceremony concluded with a donation presentation of €7,950 from all AX Group employees to Ms Claire Zammit Xuereb, Chairperson of AX Foundation.


Congratulations to all awardees!


Malta Stock Exchange presents Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 to AX Group’s Chairman Angelo Xuereb

Angelo Xuereb, Chairman of the AX Group was recently awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2021’ by Mr Joseph Portelli, Chairman Malta Stock Exchange during the Annual Malta Stock Exchange Awards Dinner organised under the patronage of the Hon. Minister for Finance Employment, Mr Clyde Caruana.

In his speech, Mr Xuereb thanked the Malta Stock Exchange for recognising his lifetime journey and various entrepreneurial successes together with his vital contribution to the local economy. Xuereb said ‘Although I do not intend to retire soon, the succession period is looking bright and promising with my daughters Claire and Denise who are both doing a sterling job and excelling in their own areas of expertise.  With Claire leading the way in the Hospitality Sector, Denise heading the Construction and Development Sectors and the unwavering loyal support of our CEO Michael Warrington and our Top Executives, I am greatly optimistic about AX Group’s future, and I am confident that the company has a strong foundation to build from.’

He continued ‘We will continue to build on our expertise and continue to focus on the sectors where our strengths lie.  We have a number of massive projects in the pipeline, amongst which are – The Verdala development which will see the outstanding site in Rabat redeveloped into one of Malta’s most iconic developments consisting of a hotel and a luxurious residential complex. We’re also making extensive headway on the Suncrest development which will see this 1987 Qawra landmark entirely transformed. Once again, the Suncrest will be pivotal to regenerate Qawra and make it a better holiday destination.’

Xuereb began his professional career as a helper in his father’s construction and property business and quickly found his calling in the construction industry. He set out to forge his own path, by investing a modest sum into his own construction enterprise. Launched in 1977, AX Construction fast became one of Malta’s leading building and civil engineering contractors with operations expanding into a hard rock quarry and the first state of the art pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete factory on the island.

In the ensuing decades, Xuereb took steps to diversify his company, starting with a successful expansion into the hospitality sector. In 1983, he opened the four-star Sunny Coast holiday complex in Qawra, followed in 1988 by the four-star Suncrest Hotel, which was the largest hotel in Malta for over 20 years. AX Group was the first company in the leisure industry to be listed on the Malta Stock Exchange in 1997.

Under the AX Hotels brand, Xuereb has continued to launch many other award-winning hotel properties, including the five-star AX The Palace, the four-star AX The Victoria, as well as Palazzo Capua-a 200-year-old palazzo which Angelo Xuereb meticulously restored to its former glory, inside and out. In 2017, AX Hotels opened the Saint John Boutique Hotel in Valletta followed by the launch of the five-star Rosselli AX Privilege on Merchants Street. Housed in a beautifully restored 17th-century palazzo, this luxury boutique hotel is also home to the Michelin-starred Under Grain, one of the first fine dining restaurants in Malta to achieve this coveted, internationally recognised rating.

Angelo Xuereb has long harboured a vision to restore value to Malta’s capital city of Valletta via ground breaking projects, including the new Parliament House in City Gate, the Old University campus, and the relaunched Is-Suq Tal-Belt (City Market).  He has continued to pursue many other business ventures, ranging from launching restaurants, private health care, and Malta’s first retirement village, to creating the success of the Valletta Cruise Port and the Valletta Waterfront, which received numerous plaudits for its high-quality regeneration.

Together with his wife, he launched the AX Foundation in 2006, which continues to leave a positive impact on Maltese communities through raising funds and awareness in support of various charities, initiatives, and organisations.

The Palace wins best Design Award

Premier Boutique hotel The Palace, Sliema, recently won the Best Design award for five-star hotels with 50-200 rooms at the International Hotel and Property awards 2011 held at L’Hotel hermitage in Monte Carlo. The award was collected by Angelo Xuereb, chairman of AX Holdings, who represented the group and The Palace Hotel.

Ċelebrazzjoni ta’ Imprenditur Malti li għamel Isem għalih u għal Pajjiżna

Il-Grupp tal-kumpanniji Ax Holdings qed jiċċelebra l-35 anniversarju mil-bidu tieghu. Dan il-grup għandu investimenti fil-kostruzzjoni u s-ettur tat-turiżmu.

Angelo Xuereb looks like Winning his Gamble

Despite somewhat widespread misgivings in the financial sector, Angelo Xuereb, owner of the Suncrest Hotel and Chairman of AX Holdings, looks set to win his gamble. The share and bond might be fully subscribed by today, a full two days before the closing of the subscription lists.

AX Holdings’ Companies Receive Top Quality Awards

Two very difficult companies forming part of the AX Holdings group have just received official recognition for their dedication to qualify. The companies are General Precast Concrete Ltd and The Suncrest Hotel.