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Online furniture shop Castlery finds niche between mass market and luxury offerings

Looking back on Mr Declan Ee's pursuits, the 34-year-old's career trajectory has hardly been predictable.

Ricky Ng: striking out at 40 to grow Blue Lotus

Ricky Ng was practically born into the food and beverage (F&B) and hospitality industry. His grandfather was a chef in Hong Kong, whose six out of seven children ended up working in F&B-...

Working the wok as heat dies down on char kway teow

He is a familiar face in the coffee shop at Block 132, Jalan Bukit Merah, and part of a shrinking group of masters skilled in whipping up char kway teow.

Baby bottle-maker growing bigger and healthier day by day

Small and medium-sized enterprises are planting the Singapore flag in distant markets around the world. In the first instalment of a four-part series, Annabeth Leow looks at home-grown baby bottle...

Interior design firm's boss learns business lessons the hard way

IF anyone has experienced the struggles of starting up, it is Mr Terence Neo. The 33-year-old is the design director of eightytwo, a local interior design boutique. While he now has a sizeable...

LiHO boss Rodney Tang sold his flat to start first Gong Cha outlet

There was no escaping the spotlight for Mr Rodney Tang, 46, over the exit of well-loved bubble tea chain Gong Cha, which he had brought in 2009, from Singapore. Under him, Gong Cha earned $30...

Bynd Artisan founders Winnie Chan and James Quan detail the bookbinding atelier’s success

The scented candle on their bedroom balcony is lit. Their whiskies of choice – Lagavulin on the rocks for him and a Japanese highball for her –...

Building a thoughtful business

The Thought Collective, says co-founder Kuik Shiao-yin, is a for-profit organisation where the profit is a means of achieving its vision of an emotionally and socially stronger Singapore.

Retail logistics firm fills warehousing and delivery gaps for e-commerce SMEs

With Singapore’s e-commerce industry set to be worth S$7.45 billion by 2025, Prashant Dadlani, CEO of retail logistics company blu, is headed in the right direction.

Eco-friendly journey of heart and sole for Singapore distributor of Melissa shoes

SINGAPORE firm Enviably Me, originally a multi-brand retailer selling eco-friendly designer products, revamped its core product offerings when its founder, Terence Yow, learnt of a Brazilian brand...

Independent cinema The Projector: born of a desire to rejuvenate old spaces

When Karen Tan went to look at a derelict cinema on the fifth floor of a forgotten 1970s building on Beach Road, she knew right away that the space had potential: she had an idea to spruce it up...

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