SME Central

Prime Movers

Superman, Yoda, change crusader: GIC's Lim Siong Guan

Founder of Honour (Singapore) takes the MRT to his GIC office and does not get his secretary to run personal errands for him. -ST

No more hang-up over handbags

Elite police officer quit his job to help wife run handbag business. -ST

Lam Soon Group's Whang Shang Ying, the master grocer

Lam Soon Group's executive director Whang Shang Ying is the force propelling the company's brands into households. -ST

He is 20, going on millions

He runs his own company with a team of seven. -My Paper

Dollars and Sense

Keeping a good cause afloat

Rental costs, manpower expenses and lack of demand for products and services can break a social enterprise. -ST

Great deals from The Luxe Nomad

The site has since raised more than $1 million from investors and partners, and works with over 400 Asian and European hotels and resorts to offer flash-sale deals on top of their best available rates. -BT

SingTel to give 10,000 SMEs free ad space

For a month, 10,000 SMEs here will garner a higher profile for their advertisements beamed out on an electronic billboard in Raffles Place, and all for free. -BT

Baby worth millions but parting is such sweet sorrow

Mech-Power Generator's MD hopes sale will secure its future. - ST

Talking Points

So you want to be a start-up boss

Have a clear business plan and a strong team in place from the get-go, experts advise. -ST

How hard disk drive sector lost its mojo

A small nation with no natural resources seeking compatible new industries for a long-term relationship and a cutting-edge technology looking for hard-working, reliable partners to help it take the next step forward. -ST

Nurturing the next leaders

Singapore companies should be more forward-looking and transparent about succession planning, as this will help them retain and attract talent amid the labour crunch. -ST

Breaking through cultural boundaries of overseas business

Global leadership expert Professor Erin Meyer from business school Insead has identified eight critical dimensions of multi-cultural business practice

Brand Me!

Straight from the heart

BT Weekend talks to local designers who are putting their ideas on Singapore life and culture into their designs. -BT

Taking local designs global

BT Weekend talks to some local makers who get international exposure for their products and designs through online retail platforms such as Etsy and Naiise. -BT

Courts, Gong Cha among Singapore's most influential brands

Consumers in Singapore value convenience and price the most when it comes to giving support to a brand of products, a new survey has found. -AsiaOne

2 out of 3 experienced bad service in the past 6 months

At least half of all negative experiences have gone unnoticed by organisations. -AsiaOne

eBiz hub

Duo turn fashion hobby into online business

Self-taught fashionistas Gerald Shen and Diana Chan owns Vanda Fine Clothing, which sells pocket squares and neckties. -ST

How to look like an expert in your industry

Becoming the expert is a combination of having the correct image and doing the right things. Here are some tips from Pam Siow, the founder of Internet Biz Owners Club. -AsiaOne

Mums click with online trade

Some stay-home parents are doing online businesses related to the needs of their own children. -ST

3 in 4 banks and finance companies outsource functions overseas

A shortage of skilled workers and cost savings have led a majority of banks and finance companies in Singapore to turn to outsourcing some of their business functions overseas.

Tete-a-tech

The human factor in innovation

DBS' innovation honcho wants to build systems to fit the individual. -ST

The language conundrum in Chinese travel

For Singapore hotels, being able to communicate effectively with their Chinese guests is vital if they are to provide a high level of service.

Apple buys music star Beats for US$3 billion

Apple announced plans on Wednesday to buy Beats Music and Beats Electronics -AFP

The big data crunch

And what it can reveal about the health of your company. -ST