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Honouring towkays that aspire to inspire

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 05:50
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Coming together to celebrate SMEs which are, in many ways, the lifeblood of Singapore's economy. Front row, eighth from left: Guest-of-honour Chee Hong Tat, flanked by BT editor Alvin Tay and OCBC head of global commercial banking Linus Goh.
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From left: Alvin Tay, editor, The Business Times; Sam Goi, executive chairman, Tee Yih Jia Food Manufacturing Pte Ltd; Linus Goh, head of global commercial banking, OCBC Bank.
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Minister of State for Health and Communications & Information Chee Hong Tat delivering a Teresa Teng song in Mandarin, English and Hokkien.
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Ellen Lee, team head of Integrated Sales (Banking, Finance & Insurance), Singapore Press Holdings.
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The Select Group enjoying the night.
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Singapore vocal band MICappella.
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Mr Chee with the emcees of the night, DJs Glenn Ong of SPH Radio's ONE FM 91.3 and Christie Ng of UFM 100.3.
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Melvin HJ Tan, director, LAUD Architects Pte Ltd.
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George Budiman, group chief creative officer, Cynosure Design Pte Ltd.
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Cheah Bee Chew (third from left), managing director of Bee Choo Origin, and her guests.

A TOTAL of 31 businesses were serenaded and celebrated at the BT Salutes Enterprise gala dinner on July 28.

On a night with the theme, Aspire to Inspire, towkays came decked out for the gala dinner that was held at the Shangri-La Hotel. The guest-of-honour, Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State for Communications & Information and Health, almost stole the show when he regaled the 400-strong party with a song sung in English, Mandarin and Hokkien. For the rest of the evening, the guests were entertained by MIcapella, a local acapella singing group.

SMEs are, in many ways, the lifeblood of Singapore's economy. They make up 99 per cent of all businesses in Singapore, employ 70 per cent of the country's total workforce and account for nearly half of our gross domestic product.

It is for this reason that The Business Times, together with partners OCBC Bank and Mastercard, decided to celebrate the contributions and growth of these businesses with BT Salutes Enterprise - a series of interviews with leaders from a wide range of enterprises from all industries, ranging from architecture to food and beverage (F&B), and from travel to law firms. The series ran from July 19 to July 22 and shared stories of expansion, leaders being strategic and forward looking, and businesses taking the bull by the horns.

Alvin Tay, BT editor, and Linus Goh, head of global commercial banking at OCBC, handed out certificates of appreciation to the 31 businesses that participated in the night's festivities.