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Kantar opens first Asia R&D hub in Singapore


KANTAR, a WPP-owned global insights consultancy, is collaborating with Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to launch its first research and development hub in Asia.

Kantar Brand Growth Lab will focus on advanced analytics and use big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to help companies grow their brands.

"Businesses are data-rich but insight-poor," ...more

SMEs upbeat about rest of year, but wary of trade tensions

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain upbeat about their prospects for the second half of this year, but caution has crept in as a result of United States-China trade tensions.

The Singapore Business Federation-DP (SBF-DP) SME Index dipped marginally from 51.8 to 51.5 in its latest poll, indicating a slight easing of optimism among smaller businesses. A score of above 50 indicates ...more

Singapore export growth surges in May

Pharmaceutical shipments can be highly volatile but they did the trick last month, driving Singapore export growth to a seven-month high.

Non-oil domestic exports jumped 15.5 per cent over the same month last year, easily trumping economist expectations of a 3 per cent increase, but there are bumps ahead.

Chief among them are trade spats in key markets, while slowing electronics ...more

Clearing up the issues over withdrawal of Sias awards

The Securities and Investors Association of Singapore (Sias) recently withdrew its 2012-2016 transparency awards for China-based rail manufacturer Midas Holdings. This followed an announcement by Midas' external auditors that the company's accounts for 2012-2016 cannot be relied upon, and the shock news that the company is under investigation by white-collar crime-busters, the Commercial Affairs Department.


Can Grab get its hands on more money?


WHAT'S with Grab?

Already South-east Asia's most valuable startup, it announced on Wednesday that Toyota has agreed to pump in an additional US$1 billion into the ride-hailing company.

The investment - said to be the largest by an automaker in the global ride-hailing sector - has raised questions among observers about the endgame for ride-hailing players and automakers.

Grab ...more

New award launched to recognise firms that reinvent, innovate


A NEW award was launched on Wednesday to recognise businesses which managed to transform themselves to become innovative and future-ready.

Known as the Special Recognition Award - Enterprise Transformation, it is part of the Enterprise 50 (E50) Awards lineup for 2018.

Organised by KPMG and The Business Times (BT), the highly coveted E50 Awards have become the authoritative ...more

Service sector to be bigger driver of economy this year: Survey

The service sector is set to become a stronger economic growth engine this year, according to a new survey of private sector economists.

The finance and insurance sector, for instance, is tipped to expand 7 per cent, according to economists surveyed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), up from 4.4 per cent in a previous poll.

Meanwhile, growth in the accommodation and food ...more

Singapore Business Federation and Enterprise S'pore leading mission to East Africa


THE Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) have set off on a business mission to East Africa till June 16, in conjunction with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam's official visit to Kenya and Rwanda.

This is the SBF's Africa Business Group's fourth business mission to Kenya and its third visit to Rwanda. The delegation will visit both ...more

Data management crucial as data becomes critical asset for SMEs

THE move towards the digital economy is not easy, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) given the complexity and knowledge required. In a recent study by UOB on SMEs in Asean, local SMEs ranked 'help for digitisation' as the second-most important item on their wish list.

To help SMEs build their digital capabilities, the government has introduced two initiatives: the SMEs Go Digital ...more

Singapore 'will be top urban real estate market in Asean, regardless of Obor'


THE recent cancellations of several mega-projects in Malaysia, including the high-speed rail connecting Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the China-backed East Coast Rail Link, have not derailed China's One Belt, One Road (Obor) project.

This is according to a research report by Andrew Haskins, Colliers International's executive director of research, released on Thursday.

The ...more
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