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Honouring towkays that aspire to inspire
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.