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- 20th March, Thursday
- 9:00am to 5:00pm
- MAX ATRIA, SINGAPORE EXPO
The inaugural SME Conference was held on 20 March 2014 at Singapore Expo, Max Atria. Previously named the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) Conference, the conference has a history which dates back to 2009. Following the enhancements of the EDCs to the SME Centres in 2013, this year’s SME Centre Conference themed “Innovate to Stay Ahead” aimed to provide a conducive platform for micro and small enterprises to learn and network.
The SME Centre Conference is an annual event jointly organised by the SME Centres. Every year, the SME Centre Conference engages well-respected business leaders and knowledge experts to share on their insights and experiences. Supported by SPRING Singapore, the conference seeks to expose SMEs to fresh business ideas and management models. The SME Centre Conference is also a valuable channel to provide practical and valuable information about the upcoming financial year’s business outlook and trends. Further, conference participants are provided with an excellent platform to network with some 600 SME CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
2014 SME Centre Conference focused on the need for SMEs to constantly explore and discover alternative ways to breakthrough into new frontiers. With today’s rapidly changing business climate, SMEs will undoubtedly need to be highly adaptable, creative and in tune with the latest market trends. Companies will also be forced to challenge conventional business management mind-set and business models in order to keep pace with the competition.
Opening Address by Host SME Centre, Mr Lau Tai San, Chairman, SME Centre@SCCCI
Mr Lau Tai San, Chairman, SME Centre@SCCCI kick-started the conference by giving an opening address. “SME Centres play a crucial role in cultivating awareness on relevant government schemes in advising SMEs. The micro enterprises are also an integral part in the business eco-landscape. Companies need a push in productivity exposure to innovate and stay ahead. SME Centre will continue to reach out businesses. The various SME Centres will work closely with chambers and associations and advise companies specific to their industrial needs. Today’s conference would address how to help SMEs stay ahead. Our distinguish speakers will share their experience on creative thinking and innovative ideas in the transformation of businesses,” he commented.
Guest-of-Honour Opening Address, Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry
“We hope productivity comes from innovation. The government has introduced schemes so enterprises can have larger investment in Information Technology. The Innovation & Capability Voucher (ICV) include eight vouchers, which two of the vouchers are catered for the investment in equipment which could bring about higher productivity. The SME Centres play an important role. Our advisors are well-trained to provide assistance to SMEs. SME Centres also provide workshops and seminars which are relevant and beneficial for SMEs. Most importantly, we need SMEs to step forward, implement the necessary changes for future survival,” share Minister Teo.
The conference was followed by a series of distinguish speakers who shared they experiences. The focus topics included, the changing of mindset in the business process, Innovation – Something different that creates value, finding the right business strategies, integration of information technology into business models.
Mr. Tay Woon Teck, Executive Director, Stone Forest Corporate Advisory Pte Ltd
Mr. Scott D. Anthony, Managing Director, Innosight
Mr. Sheldon Anthony Fernandez, General Manager (Singapore and Malaysia), jobsDB Singapore
Mr. Peter Lim, Chairman & Founder, Soo Kee Group and MoneyMax Financial Services
Mr. Vikram Rupani, Co-Founder, RedMart.com
Panel Discussion: “From conception to action, where do I start with innovation?”
(L – R) Moderated by Mr Chia Kim Huat, Head of Corporate & Transactional Practice, Rajah & Tann LLP. Panellists:- Mr Vikram Rupani, Co-Founder, RedMart.com, Mr Peter Lim, Chairman & Founder, Soo Kee Group and MoneyMax Financial Services, Mr Scott D. Anthony, Managing Director, Innosight
“It is always a learning experience at conference. In the SME Conference, I learned that innovation could be further enhanced with Information Technology. The schemes provided by the Singapore government allow businesses to explore further in innovation which would bring about higher productivity,” shared Mr. Goh Hung Kwang, Chairman, GHK Holdings Pte Ltd.
“Our company has embarked on various productivity toolkits, SMART Assessment, 5S and 7W. We have started working with the consultants from SME Centre@SMF since two years ago. We are constantly looking at improving our business model to stay relevant and productive,” Ms. Claire Ariela Shen, Director, Cooking Art Industries.
Programme is tentative and is subject to change at the sole discretion of Singapore Manufacturing Federation.
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