The Business Times salutes 31 SMEs

Thirty-one businesses were honoured at The Business Times’ (BT) gala dinner, the culmination of the four-day long BT Salutes Enterprise series which ran from July 19 to July 22.

The Business Times celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and BT Salutes Enterprise is a way of celebrating the journey taken by small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), with which the newspaper has, over the years, established a special working relationship.

Themed Aspire to Inspire, the gala dinner was held at Shangri-La Hotel, where guest-of-honour, Minister of State Chee Hong Tat, regaled the almost 400-strong audience with a Hokkien song.

Mr Linus Goh, head of global commercial banking at OCBC Bank congratulated the 31 businesses, adding that those who have achieved should indeed aspire to inspire, and in doing so contribute to a growing community of successful businesses.

He said: "As a banker faced with similar challenges in the financial sector, I can say that you are not alone — and more than that, as an SME bank keen to stay relevant to its customers, we will push hard to innovate along with you, to redefine our services to meet your evolving needs, as you build successful and sustainable businesses."

BT editor Alvin Tay and Mr Goh handed out certificates of appreciation to the 31 businesses that participated in the night's festivities.

BT Salutes Enterprise is an initiative by The Business Times. It is presented by OCBC Bank, BT’s partner in this project, to recognise companies that have the courage to act on ideas, embrace new practices and technologies, and persevere in the cut-throat race for excellence. And co-sponsored by MasterCard.

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