The SME Magazine (November/December 2014)

TOP STORY

Making the leap

University graduates used to shy away from working for an SME but are now more aware of the benefits of being employed by one

THE labour situation in Singapore forces local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to be "creative" – that is how Heatwave's managing director, Elizabeth Tan, puts it. And that also aptly sums up what the SMEs that we spoke to say.

EDITOR'S LETTER

THE labour situation in Singapore forces local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to be "creative" – that is how Heatwave's managing director, Elizabeth Tan, puts it. And that also aptly sums up what the SMEs that we spoke to say.

TOWKAYS

Right from the start, Heatwave's second generation towkay knew that she had to venture beyond Singapore

MANAGING TALENT

SMES can only succeed by differentiating themselves through offering services of the highest quality

BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS

The founders of culinary school Food Playground draw their inspiration from stay-at-home-mums and active seniors who are passionate about cooking and sharing their local heritage recipes.

SPACE

Operating a business from home under the Home Office Scheme eliminates the financial outlay of setting up a business in a conventional office space.

SPACE

A list of asking rents for office and industrial space, and sales caveats.

CUTTING EDGE

Two very different SMEs have managed to work around the labour crunch by tapping into less conventional resources.

LEGAL ADVISOR

Under the Protection from Harassment Act 2014, employees will get statutory protection from harassment in the workplace.

SMART CAPITAL

The ability to upset and disorganise the existing way of doing things will help SMEs survive the ongoing productivity drive in Singapore.

MARKET INSIGHT

Q&A with Benjamin Yap, group director for South Asia at International Enterprise Singapore.

CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

Mechanisation has allowed workers in the construction industry to complete their tasks efficiently

LIFESTYLE

Vulcain has been around since 1858; its new owner has brought back the women's line and plans to make a big push for its Anniversary Heart watch.

LIFESTYLE

Black is the first of the new colours that luxury watches now come in.

LIFESTYLE

Blue timepieces are as cool as, if not cooler than, black ones.