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-Higher SMEs engagement could lift Singapore’s economical growth

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — A new survey conducted by SME Magazine, reveals that boosting the engagement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore could increase the country’s economic growth. SMEs in Singapore continue to grow, notwithstanding global economic uncertainties and a more challenging marketplace.

Featured Winners of the SME100 Awards Singapore Chapter at Marina Bay Sands
Featured Winners of the SME100 Awards Singapore Chapter at Marina Bay Sands

“While the records set by the top 100 may not be representative of all SMEs, it dispels the myth that business has been bad for SMEs in general in Singapore,” says William Ng, group publisher and editor-in-chief of SME Magazine during the announcement of the survey results cum SME100 awards ceremony.

Among the top 100 companies, revenue grew 21.3 percent to an average of S$ 27.2 million, while profit grew by 63.5% to an average of S$ 2.3 million on the back of a recovery from the global financial crisis of 2011-2013. This is especially impressive given the projected 1 to 3 percent GDP growth for the whole country in 2016.

The SME100 surveyed 2,000 top SMEs in Singapore between February and April this year. A total of 292 companies responded to the programme, with the top 100 selected among the respondents based on quantitative criteria such as revenue growth and profit, and qualitative criteria such as business outlook, investment in training, and R&D efforts, to receive the SME100 Awards. Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau provided the data on the participating companies while Nexis TS were the official auditors.

Among the award recipients are CHASSasia (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Conergy Asia & ME Pte Ltd, IIA Technologies Pte Ltd, Sauter Singapore Pte Ltd, Sozoluz Clinique, Trendmaker Pte Ltd, Vanguard Fire Systems Pte Ltd and Yang Kee Logistics Pte Ltd.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, BUSINESS SERVICES CONTINUE TO LEAD GROWTH

This year’s list is dominated by industrial and commercial products manufacturers, and professional and business services providers, representing 21 and 20 percent of the awards recipients respectively.

Ng said, “It is clear that even as we shift our focus to higher-valued production and research-driven industries, at the core of our economy is our industrial products sector. This, together with a strong showing by professional and business services providers, helped to keep the country’s above the water.”

AEC A MAJOR CONCERN FOR SMES

SMEs participating in the survey are both optimistic and cautious over the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC.

“Many SMEs see the potential in being part of a larger economic community. This is less about the business regulations and tariff than it is about of the ‘softening’ of the regional markets due to greater awareness regionally for AEC. At the same time, many SMEs are concerned about the increased competition, and the associated risks of regionalisation,” Ng said.

CHART 1: SME 100 IN BRIEF

Number of Nominees

292

Number of Industries

20

Average Revenue

S$ 27.2 million

Average Revenue Growth (YoY)

21.3%

Average Profit Before Tax (PBT)

S$ 2.3 million

Average PBT Growth (YoY):

63.5%

CHART 2: SME100 AWARD WINNERS (BY INDUSTRY)

Industry

Quantity

Industrial & Commercial Products

21

Professional & Business Services

20

Telecommunications & ICT

9

Transportation & Logistics

8

Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology

6

Oil & Gas, Mining and Energy

6

Retail

6

Constructions / Engineering, Property Development, Building Materials

5

Consumer Goods

4

Education & Training

4

Chemical and Plastics

3

Food & Beverage

3

Financial Services

2

Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism

2

Electrical & Electronics

1

Agriculture, Livestock, Plantations & Commodities

0

Automotive

0

Furniture & Woodbased Manufacturing

0

Personal Services

0

Trading & Wholesaling

0

Total

100

About Business Media International

Business Media International (BMI) is one of Asia’s leading business-to-business publishers. Some of our media properties include SME Magazine, HR Asia, Capital Asia, and World Halal Business. As owners of some of the region’s largest B2B media and events properties, BMI is uniquely positioned to offer business owners and senior business executives up-to-date business intelligence across the region.

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20160614/8521603882

Source: SME Magazine

Written by asiafreshnews

June 15, 2016 at 11:44 am

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