Don't mistake narcissism for competence

FOR better or worse, I grew up hearing my misanthrope dad - I say this in the most affectionate way possible - rant about how you cannot trust people in this world.

Singapore non-oil exports extend double-digit drop for 2nd straight month in April; confounding expectations

SINGAPORE’S exports extended its double-digit decline for the second straight month in April, surprising economists who had expected a milder drop.


Singapore firms scramble to mitigate trade war fallout as orders dive

SINGAPORE businesses across various sectors from manufacturing to trading to services are feeling the heat from the extended US-China trade war as new orders dive - with some bracing for a decline in revenue this year.


Businesses need to prepare themselves for US-China trade war fallout: Minister Chan

SINGAPORE is not immune to the fallout from the US-China trade war, although it is still too early for the government to assess its economic impact, said Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing late on Monday.

Championing SME interests 'is about doing, not talking'

KURT Wee may be the voice for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) here, but he would much rather be judged by his actions instead.

Samsonite's Changi Airport outlet will be its Jewel in the crown

GLOBAL travel luggage company Samsonite has picked Changi Airport's Jewel mall to launch its first ultra-premium store, the highlight of a planned four-store expansion in Singapore.


Taking on the world

SMEs need not fear going it alone. They can receive support for their internationalisation endeavours either directly from government agency Enterprise Singapore or indirectly through the many free trade agreements signed.


More than skin deep

While home-grown beauty and spa brand Porcelain may be best known for its facials, it also has a range of skincare products - and is now using technology to ramp up the customer experience.


Tailored solutions

The co-founders of A Gentleman's Tale, Lyn Chan and Kenneth Chia, share why they decided to offer a mobile menswear service that brings tailoring services to the doorstep of time-starved clients.

Sparking joy at work

RUGBY may be the best sport in the world, but consulting is the ultimate team sport, declares Alex Liu.


March output dive dashes hopes of manufacturing recovery

A SHARP plunge in March factory output dashed hopes of a recovery for the lacklustre manufacturing sector, with the gloomy spell set to continue for the rest of the year as global business uncertainty remains.

Singapore factory output reverses into negative territory in March

SINGAPORE factory output went back into negative territory in March, dashing hopes of a recovery for the lacklustre manufacturing sector.


Building maintenance and construction main sectors: CPIB

THE construction and building maintenance sectors were flagged as the two main culprits that form the bulk of corruption cases in 2018, according to the latest annual statistics by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Corruption cases up slightly in 2018; private sector still dominates: CPIB

THE number of cases probed by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) inched up last year after hitting an all-time low in 2017, according to its freshly released statistics on Thursday.


Is the '996' work culture the way to go in Singapore?

CHINESE billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba Group Jack Ma faced a backlash when he voiced support for the infamous "996". No, it is not a symbol of the end times, but refers instead to the infamous 12-hours a day, six-days-a-week work culture rampant in China's tech sector.


Going islandwide is key to tourism sustainability

NORTH, south, east, west - it seems that the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is certainly spreading its eggs out with prominent large-scale projects across the island.


7-ha Jurong tourism playground among moves to fend off rivals

SINGAPORE is revamping its attractions and offerings with major projects spread out across the island, in efforts to buttress its position as a prime tourist destination on the back of keen competition in the region.

STB partners Alibaba, Indonesia tech unicorn Traveloka to woo China, Asean visitors

EFFORTS to woo South-east Asian and China visitors to Singapore get a boost with two agreements signed on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Tourism Industry Conference 2019.

STB to launch expression of interest exercise for Jurong Lake District integrated tourism project

A NEW integrated tourism development with attractions, hotel and other complementary lifestyle offerings such as food and beverage (F&B) and retail could soon be a reality at the Jurong Lake District.

Singapore firms to trial ideas at Sentosa with launch of enterprise scheme

A NEW initiative for Singapore enterprises to trial new ideas, concepts and technologies at Sentosa was launched on Tuesday, as part of efforts to drive innovation and enhance the island’s leisure offerings.

Singapore retail sales sink 10% in February after earlier Chinese New Year

RETAIL sales in Singapore fell 10 per cent year on year in February, reversing sharply from a 7.6 per cent growth in January, according to the latest data from the Department of Statistics (Singstat) on Friday.

My SME Story Ep 6: Seng Hua Hng Foodstuff

In this week's final episode of My SME Story, we feature Seng Hua Hng Foodstuff, the homegrown SME is better known as the manufacturer of popular nuts brand Camel Nuts.


Sorry is the hardest word in the office

"I'VE never made a mistake at work in my entire life," declared no one ever. Not to be dismissive, but the only way one can say that is if one doesn't actually do anything.

Casino tax rates to rise; entry levies up by 50%

THE government will be introducing a tiered casino tax structure with higher tax rates effective in March 2022, on the back of additional gaming provisions for Singapore's two integrated resorts (IRs) as they commit to a S$9 billion investment to ramp up facilities and attractions over the...

New award to honour foreign brands in Singapore

A NEW award category was launched on Tuesday to honour foreign brands that have been growing their presence in Singapore, as part of the Singapore Prestige Brand Awards (SPBA).