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Why Start a Business in Singapore?
Singapore is often regarded as the bridge between the East and the West. Quite the burden, you'd think, but nothing deftly exemplifies this adage more than Singapore's business culture. Eastern substance is still very much a staple of society, but business is commonly conducted with Western style.
Singapore's major exports are petroleum products, electronic and electrical components and equipment, and radio and television receivers and parts. Chief imports are crude petroleum, machinery and transport equipment, and industrial inputs such as electronic components, iron and steel. Crude rubber remains the largest re-export item. However, with the industrial development of the neighbouring countries, re-exports of capital goods, industrial products/components and consumer goods are increasing in importance.
Singapore's well-developed and efficient infrastructure is reputed to be one of the best in the region. The country's airport, seaport, road transport, industrial estates, telecommunications network, business and financial centre and convention facilities are the result of long range vision and careful planning.
Singapore has made convincing strides in her economic success. It has no natural resources but with its strategic location and versatile population, supported by political stability and sound economic policies, Singapore has been transformed into an industrial and financial centre. Like many other developing countries, the country is heavily dependent on foreign capital inflows. To encourage these inflows, Singapore provides a comprehensive programme of incentives based primarily on considerations such as total investment involved, technical input, export potential, employment opportunities and conduciveness to the development of industrial and financial activity. The central purpose in providing the various concessions and incentives is to broaden the industrial and financial base of Singapore.
What's the currency and exchange rate?
The currency in Singapore is the Singaporean dollar. This is represented by the symbol S$ or SGD.
What's the climate and weather like?
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate, with no distinct seasons. There are similar temperatures and pressures all year round, high levels of humidity and plenty of rainfall. Temperatures range from 22C to 34C. June and July are usually the hottest months, with November and December forming the main part of the wetter monsoon season.
What's the population?
Government statistics showed that the population is 4.59 million, of whom 3.58 million were Singaporean citizens and permanent residents.
Singapore has no natural resources other than her harbour and her people. In order to achieve the desired economic advancement, the government has put an emphasis on the development of capital intensive, high skill and export orientated manufacturing industries. The government's policy is to welcome foreign investment, particularly in capital intensive manufacturing and high technology industries.
Singapore has a very robust, progressing economy. Some of the main industries are electronics manufacturing, petrochemicals, tourism, financial services and traditional entrept trade - where merchandise can be imported and exported without paying import duties. These open up great business opportunities.
Imports and exports
The main industries are electronics manufacturing, petrochemicals, tourism, financial services and entrept trade.
Singapore's exports value at $313 billion of petroleum products, food/beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, industrial machinery and equipment, electronic components, telecommunication apparatus and transport equipment.
Its imports value at $275 billion of aircraft, crude oil and petroleum products, electronic components, radio and television receivers/parts, vehicles, chemicals, food/beverages, iron/steel and electricity generators.
What are the essentials to know?
Labour and workforce
The unemployment rate is distinctly low. Employment continues to grow strongly as the economy maintains its rapid expansion.
Organisations that can assist with Starting a Business
PEO Worldwide is an international PEO offering employer of record, payroll, employee benefits management, HR and compliance services throughout the world.
Sovereign offers a range of advisory and support services to assist companies of all sizes to establish successful business operations in foreign markets.
Simplified Global Payroll Companies with global employees often find that managing payroll in multiple countries is complicated - different systems, laws, and languages in each country, lack of reporting, and constantly changing laws and regulations each year. Trying to manage global payroll via fax and email with excel spreadsheets leads to data security issues, fines, and penalties for non-compliance. Blue Marble has solved global payroll challenges with cloud-based technology, aggregated reporting, and a hybrid service model in 135+ countries around the world.
Finding office space abroad poses one of the most difficult changes that many start-ups face. Location, costs, and transport all need to be considered. And, more crucially of all, what office will allow a new business to attract and retain the best staff?
GTP cross cultural trainings and intercultural workshops help global companies in improving their communication, efficiency and profitability when doing business across cultures.
Setting Up in Singapore Are you a foreign company thinking of setting up a presence in Singapore? You have chosen an ideal location as Singapore is known to be one of the easiest places to do business. Bestar will guide and help bring your business to Singapore.