Singapore: Opportunities for entrepreneurs

The British found Singapore port for their trading. Soon Singapore became one of the busiest trading centres around the world. It attracted people from various neighbouring countries as well as Europe to come and settled down there. Citizens of Singapore have been almost from all cities. However in the mid 20th century Singapore also developed a lot of unemployment as well as labour unrest. Around this time Economic Development Board (EDB) was set up with an objective of developing business in Singapore. In 1965 Singapore became an independent nation. Since then successive governments over the years started several initiatives to develop business conducive environment in Singapore. Initially Singapore was a trading centre. Then it developed manufacturing industries which was followed by technology development. Now the present focus of government on research and development, innovation, knowledge intensive industries.
Entrepreneurship requires access to capital, skilled labour, and markets for finished goods. It also needs conducive government policies. Singapore seems to have always provided all of these to the businesses. It has always supported the various entrepreneurship initiatives through EDB also. Singapore University also works towards creating the required talent pool and knowledge base. In fact it has developed an entrepreneurship centre to promote the entrepreneurship. Citizens of Singapore are also increasingly becoming interested to start new small scale or big scale business and become entrepreneurs. With the government support number of entrepreneurs is increased day by day. Numbers of people who start their own business are also increasing. After recession Singapore government form a special committee to figure out the ways to avoid the affects of recession in future.

Rise in property prices in Singapore

Singapore is one of the rapidly growing countries across the world. Singapore is financially very strong. Singapore government itself takes an initiative to develop strong entrepreneurship and promotes the entrepreneurs as well. This attracts a lot of people to this island nation. Naturally, the property prices in this city nation are on the rise.

Singapore government and other related institutes are liable to pay taxes on their properties which are under their respective authorities. If the property prices rise up they have to pay the taxes accordingly. If the prices go down, the prices of assets will also go down. The property tax revenue of Singapore government is dependent on its property prices. Singapore government is very active in checking the market rates related to the housing. Due to the rapid financial growth and low interest rates, common people are unable to buy property. As per the economists, people have to keep in mind and be ready on financial basis to handle the situation of rising property prices. Agents, sellers and banks will gain profit with the rising property prices.

Singapore government is continuously focused on making Singapore as the best place to live in across the world. Due to the strong Singaporean economy investors are always interested to invest their money in property as well as business in Singapore. This makes Singapore one of the most expensive countries in the world. With the demand from international buyers for houses the property rates in Singapore has been ever increasing.

Building Brands- These firms have made it

Following the gradual ‘value shift’ in companies’ focus on labor-intensive production and manufacturing to improving their design, marketing and distribution efforts, and providing better service to their consumers, companies which had done the latter are taking a bigger slice out of the profit pie in the market.

Most of these firms which had not responded fast enough to this shift are however, with the exception of Japan and Korea, Asian firms. This could be due to Asia’s roots in manufacturing and hence low-margin profit. A general unwillingness to aspire to be brand-owners also deters the efforts of Asian firms. In addition, the managerial style of ‘top-down’ system of many Asian companies do not promote new ideas coming from the lower management levels of the company, which may be deemed useful for its branding purpose.

As much as these Asian firms want to ride on this shift, they face much difficulty, as branding is an ongoing process and change would not be fast.

Asian firms could learn more from its Western counterparts, examples of successful companies as follows:

Apple, stresses on a thorough customer end-to-end service experience- a step more than just being a service provider. This enabled it to create a unique branding and hence excel. Therefore, there is a need for Asian firms to learn on this attribute which Apple possess.

On the other hand, some firms improve on its reputation by taking over other brands to enhance its own. For example, Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s personal computer division, Tata Motors’ acquisition of British automotive icons Jaguar and Land Rover, and Geely’s recent take over of Swedish Volvo from Ford.
However, Samsung, an Asian firm, had successfully branded itself after having gone through a long process of research and development to find out its consumers’ needs and wants. This shows that with enough time and resources, Asian firms can actually learn from their Western counterparts to build powerful brands.