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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 dressed to impress at the annual black-tie event held at Resorts World Sentosa.
The E50 Awards - jointly organised by KPMG and The Business Times - is now in its 22nd year. It was graced by Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office who is also the deputy chairman of the Committee on the Future Economy.
Top honours went to homegrown shipping firm BLPL Singapore, which managed to thrive in spite of the downturn affecting the maritime sector. Internet company Garena clinched second place while UEMS, a service provider for hospitals and government buildings, came in third.
An inaugural award was launched this year to recognise excellence in a company's expansion overseas. The prize went to Linnhoff Technologies, a German manufacturer of asphalt mixing plants.
Six companies also received the five-year award, which goes to those that have been on the E50 list for five years. They are BLPL Singapore, Linnhoff Technologies, CAD-IT Consultants (Asia), Indoguna Singapore, Wiselink Technology and ITCAN.
This year saw 23 new winners which spanned diverse industries.
OCBC Bank returned as the sponsor for the 11th year. International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the Singapore Business Federation, SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) were supporters of the event.
EVENT MANAGER: MLA SPECIAL EVENTS; PHOTOS BY GARY GOH AND KELVIN CHNG