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Douglas Young aims to bring Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) online and global

FOR two decades now, trained architect-turned-designer Douglas Young has been the face of Hong Kong cult lifestyle brand G.O.D. (Goods of Desire...

The world is their market for eBay sellers

In just 10 years, business partners Jeson Wu and Jason See have turned their store on online marketplace eBay into a $10-million-a-year business...


PayNow to rope in businesses; Singapore plans for payment links abroad

SINGAPORE'S local and overseas payment systems are getting a big boost with a rollout of initiatives to beef up the Republic's cashless efforts,...

PayNow extends to businesses from 2018

THE first peer-to-peer fund-transfer service in Singapore is expected to be extended to corporates and businesses in 2018, as Singapore ramps up its cashless services to bring greater efficiency...

Visa wants to lead S'pore to go cashless

IT took a trip to Sweden for Visa Singapore's country head to confirm that Singapore is a victim of its own success where its cashless pursuit is concerned.

IE SINGAPORE Tariff Finder

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Editor's Pick

How is IE Singapore helping to bridge global businesses where English is limited?

What type of support is available and are there readily available resources we can tap on? I read the recent article on how Ms Christine helped buyers @7-11 to bring in Tao Kai Noi (http://www.sgsme...

Expert’s Take

Wong Choo Sin
Divisional Director, Enterprise Partnership Group, International Enterprise Singapore

When it comes to markets that do not use English as first language, we encourage Singapore companies to consider employing local staff or engage a translator as it’s one of the most effective ways to overcome language barriers. Furthermore, local staff knows the ins and outs of the market, so they can help you understand the business landscape and cultural differences. Those with more resources may want to send their Singapore staff to learn the language.

While IE Singapore does not have a specific assistance programme on language support, our Market Readiness Assistance (MRA) programme covers support for third party advisory or consultancy for overseas market set up, business matching and market promotion, including third party advisory legal and documentation. With this, you can engage an in-market consultant who knows the language and can help you when it comes to your business set up, especially for matters concerning legal and regulatory documentation.


Elixir Technology rides the Smart Nation wave

THE entrepreneurial world has often been described as a jungle gym, where only the fittest and smartest survive.

Building quality with innovation

AS a building façade specialist, Seiko Architectural Wall Systems completes the look of buildings by providing and installing building façade...

The Peak Power List 2017: Rosemary Tan, Veredus Laboratories

Rosemary Tan is not one to keep still. Many were gripped by fear when Zika hit Singapore in May last year, but Tan – who has a PhD in molecular...

Going Global

Shenzhen a good place for Singapore hardware startups: IE Singapore

OPPORTUNITIES abound for Singapore hardware startups in Shenzhen, a metropolis that has in the past few decades incidentally become Guangdong's...

Singapore industrial parks abroad help local SMEs in global drive

SOME 240 Singapore companies, 70 per cent of them small and medium enterprises, have invested in Singapore industrial parks set up in emerging...


Why HistoIndex went to the world first, before coming back to Singapore [VIDEO]

HistoIndex’s CEO Dr Gideon Ho shares why it was key for him to go global first. "As a young startup, we needed to seek international recognition...

The SME Magazine (Nov/Dec 2017)

The fashionista who can

Pek Lay Peng, founder of SocietyA and director of Shingda Group, is a steely woman who cut her teeth in the male-dominated construction industry...

SME Outlook: Smile Inc leans on overseas expansion and innovation amid challenging market

LIKE MANY other small and medium enterprises, dental chain Smile Inc faces multiple challenges in the form of high rental costs, shortage of...

Spreading it out

Instead of cramming all their major new launches for the year at industry mega exhibitions, many of the brands owned by Richemont and Swatch are...


Towards a better customer experience

"CLOSER and further” is what Anthony Poh, managing director of Chee Fatt Co Pte Ltd, wants to achieve with his clients.

How SMEs in Singapore can navigate these common employment law pitfalls

EMPLOYMENT law issues, if handled wrongly or poorly, may cause a business and its owners to suffer a range of unpleasant consequences - from crippling law suits to investigations and sanctions...

Three ways for SMEs to navigate this new era of retail

Solid strategies are required to navigate this new era of retail, given that the challenges and volatility facing retailers are far from over.

Small Caps: Catalist

Japanese restaurant group RE&S to list on Catalist

JAPANESE restaurant group RE&S Holdings has filed a preliminary prospectus for a Catalist listing as it seeks to raise capital for new outlets - in a move that will add to Singapore Exchange's...

Epicentre signs MOU with F&B operator Coterie Dining Concepts

EPICENTRE Holdings has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Coterie Dining Concepts as well as Coterie's shareholders to potentially collaborate, invest in and, or, acquire...

Hot stock: Tung Lok shares fall 11.8% after it warns of H1 2018 loss

SHARES of Tung Lok Group fell 11.8 per cent or three Singapore cents to 22.5 Singapore cents in the morning trade. As at 10.54am, about 154,000 shares changed hands.


Singapore-Sichuan trade meeting: IE Singapore inks MOU with Sichuan govt

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sichuan provincial government to help Singapore...

Singapore embraces fintech to stay ahead

LET it be known that Singapore knows how to get things done.

3 local e-commerce services firms bag S$100,000 deal under IE Singapore initiative

AN alliance of three e-commerce services companies has clinched its first deal in South-east Asia worth S$100,000, as part of a new initiative by IE Singapore to help such companies band together...


Singapore's competitiveness: The good, the bad and the ugly

SINGAPORE remains one of the world's most competitive economies across the board. Period. But if you prefer to nitpick, let's do that (too).