New year, new career goals?

IT was during my year-end vacation that I received the news that an ex-colleague - let's call him A - had passed away on New Year's Eve...

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, and giving broad-based support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so they can ride out this...
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Business as usual, for now

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder

Most of us have only heard of big overseas brands when it comes to beauty products, but Karine Estelle Cheong, founder of local skincare range Klarity, intends to change this.

It may have been a bad year, but it's not a bad life

THERE'S something about the passage from one year to the next that leads people to think about their lives. In the midst of all the festivities and revelry, it's also a time where we finally look at ourselves in the mirror and make decisions on what we really want...

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, and the reverberating effects of the oil-and-gas downturn.

Putting the common back into wealth

MENTION 'Commonwealth' and chances are, the most immediate links Singaporeans would make will be to the Games every four years, or recognise it simply as one of the MRT stations in the local transport system. ...

'Tis the season to take a break

IN every company, there will always be those few who seem to keep accumulating their leave as if it's gold. That would make some sense if the leave can be rolled over to the next year or if you actually can cash out the unused days. But it is completely mind-boggling to me that some people...

No second chance at a first impression

SEVERAL years ago when I was fresh out of university and looking for a job, I managed to land an interview for an editorial position that I was extremely keen on.

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.

Celebrating the E50 Awards in style

IT WAS a night of glitz and glamour as the Singapore business community came together to celebrate the top 50 privately-held companies at the Enterprise 50 (E50) Awards gala dinner on Nov 15. The occasion is regarded as one of the most prestigious on the business calendar and the attendees were all...

Govt help schemes reaching more SMEs during this tough period, says Tharman

DEPUTY Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, acknowledging that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore are going through a tough period now, said on Friday that he was heartened that more SMEs have been coming forward to take advantage of government schemes.

The Curious Case Of The Singapore Worker

SINGAPORE workers are caught between their cubicle and a hard place. They work among the longest hours in the world, and in return, they are described as ''not hungry'' and lacking ''fire in the belly''. Not to mix the two metaphors or anything, but it's...

Return of the ex-employee

SO it seems that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

iSprint scheme helping SMEs: MTI study

THE iSprint scheme, which helps local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) defray costs of automating their business functions through information technology, has been found to be effective in helping firms raise their revenue, according to a study by two economists in the Ministry of Trade...