UOB economists flag two key challenges for Singapore SMEs

IN A world of increasing uncertainty and protectionism, changes in the digital space and the rise of the Millennials will be key challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) here, said...

Collaborative robots offer future to SMEs

WITH a competitive business environment and unpredictable economy, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore continue to face challenges in the form of manpower and cost constraints.

Panel calls for third growth engine and broad-based support for SMEs

THE recommendations for Budget 2017 proposed by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) fall into two main categories - developing globally competitive companies (GCCs) as a third engine of growth,...

Technologies to keep the customer happy

LAST year saw the rapid evolution of the demanding customer. Technology advancements lead to expectations of shorter timeframes, greater efficiencies and excellent personalised service. Easy access...

SME sentiment sinks past neutral point to all-time low of 49.8

THE latest SBF-DP SME Index, which measures the business sentiment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has dipped to an all-time low of 49.8.

No longer business as usual for SMEs

THE year 2016 has certainly not been kind to many of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore. Many are feeling the triple whammy of weak economic growth, technological disruptions...

Well-capitalised companies outlast tough times

THERE are several business considerations that keep entrepreneurs up at night. Customer service, product quality, talent retention, and competition are but a few of them. But the most critical aspect...

Delinquent debts down but SMEs feel cashflow squeeze

DELINQUENT debts have steadily declined in the last six months, as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) demand faster payment from customers when they agree to do business on credit.

Customer experience: The new paradigm

BEING an SME isn't easy - especially in Singapore where competition is keen. Consumer purchasing tends to be more risk-averse and towards more established brands.

3,000 disadvantaged kids to get free coding lessons from Google

GOOGLE sees a "tremendous opportunity" to grow its business in Singapore and to showcase the city-state as a centre for innovation, according to a top official of the California-based tech giant.