The Times Business Directory is a comprehensive compilation of key businesses including Singapore 1000 and SME 1000 companies.


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Admaterials Technologies R&D efforts pay off with increase in revenues


HOMEGROWN Admaterials Technologies has shown that investments in research and development (R&D) can reap monetary benefits for businesses, regardless of the company's size.

A materials testing firm specialising in construction of materials, Admaterials has been collaborating with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) through A*Star's Technology for Enterprise ...more

EU, Singapore a step closer to signing free trade agreement


IN the first step towards signing and concluding the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), the European Commission has presented the outcome of the negotiations to the European Council.

The initialled agreement now needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers and ratified by the European Parliament.

The aim is for the EUSFTA to come into force ...more

Asia infrastructure development needs coordinated approach to tap growing opportunities

IN the world of infrastructure, the funding deficit is a well-established fact. Asia needs US$26 trillion by 2030 for new buildouts, and Africa requires US$93 million a year to scale up projects. Much of the money has so far come from direct government financing or funding support from development banks. Infrastructure projects often have social benefits which are not priced into project revenues, ...more

Bridging the SME talent gap

SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a significant role in Singapore's economy. As 99 per cent of all enterprises are within the definition of SMEs, they are a vast majority of the business entities in Singapore. With a dynamic job landscape, organisations need to evaluate their talent management strategies regularly in order to stay competitive in the rapidly changing environment.

Given ...more

MNC, bank recruiters go all out to woo young talent away from startups


MULTINATIONAL corporations and banks are changing tack in their hiring strategies, as they increasingly find themselves in competition with startups and the gig economy for young talent.

For one, they are adding more entrepreneurial elements into their recruitment processes in order to appeal to a growing pool of millennials, who hold different attitudes towards work compared ...more

Singapore Prestige Brand Awards 2018 launched


THE Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA) 2018 was officially launched on Thursday, now in its 17th year of honouring the best of local brands.

Jointly organised by the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) and Lianhe Zaobao, the awards give recognition to homegrown brands that are innovative, transformative and well-poised to achieve greater growth in Singapore ...more

UOB JV accelerator to give seven SMEs digital makeovers


SEVEN small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will each get a digital makeover under a business transformation programme, the organiser of which says is the first such programme targeted at SMEs in Singapore.

The programme is run by The FinLab, an accelerator that is a joint venture between United Overseas Bank (UOB) and SGInnovate, a government-owned innovation platform.

The ...more

Shanghai seeks greater cooperation with Singapore, city's top leader tells PM Lee


SHANGHAI, the economic heart of China, wants to learn from Singapore as it continues to reform itself and open up, the city's new party secretary Li Qiang told Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday.

Mr Li outlined four areas in which he hoped to see greater cooperation between the two cities as he briefed Mr Lee on developments in Shanghai.

These are people-to-people ...more

Government monitoring trade spat; Singapore, KL may gain from trade diversion


THE escalating trade tensions between China and the US have sparked concerns among the business community here over the potential impact on global growth.

The "tit-for-tat" protectionism measures announced by the two global superpowers are fuelling fears of a protracted trade war, which would be bad news for Singapore's small, open economy.

A spokesman from Singapore's ...more

French giant Vinci buys majority stake in Singapore engineering firm for S$250m


HOMEGROWN mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering solutions provider Wah Loon Engineering has sold its majority stake for an undisclosed sum to Vinci Energies Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Euronext Paris-listed infrastructure and construction giant Vinci SA.

The deal is estimated to be worth about S$250 million for an approximate 80 per cent stake in Wah Loon Engineering, ...more
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