Qualitative considerations include management and marketing strategies, such as the applicant’s business model and innovations, management ideals and governance, market branding and overall potential. This year, the judges also looked at the company’s commitment to improving productivity and an applicant’s processes of encouraging innovation.
Mr Tham added: “The quantitative and qualitative criteria in this year’s judging are good indicators of a company’s ability to develop a sustainable business. As enterprises start to focus on growth, those with a strong emphasis on encouraging innovation and increasing productivity are better poised for growth. This has allowed them to cut through the clutter of an increasingly complex business environment, and position themselves for growth in a recovering economy.”
The judges were particularly impressed this year with the strong showing among enterprises despite the economic uncertainty. This pays tribute to the resilience of Singapore’s enterprises and how many have embraced innovation in positioning themselves for growth.
This year’s list comprises organisations from industries such as business services, information technology, engineering services, logistics, real estate and construction, wholesale, distribution and retail, as well as manufacturing. The largest proportion of industries represented were manufacturing (28 percent) and wholesale, distribution and retail (20 percent).
The judging panel comprised senior management representatives from KPMG in Singapore, The Business Times, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), SPRING Singapore and OCBC bank is the sponsor.
SPRING Singapore Chief Executive Mr Png Cheong Boon applauded the resilience of local enterprises: "Our SMEs have emerged stronger from the economic crisis and prepared themselves well for the next phase of growth. They are building internal competencies by attracting talent, training staff and investing in technology innovation. The E50 brand has definitely gained more prominence, having reached out to a wider group of SMEs. I am encouraged that the companies participating in the E50 Awards this year are showing a commitment to improving productivity and adopting innovation to create a competitive edge."
In addition to the E50 Awards, one winner was also honoured with the E50 Special Award. The recipient this year was Xin Ming Hua Pte Ltd. The E50 special awards are for companies that have been on the E50 list for five consecutive years.
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About the Enterprise 50 Awards
The Enterprise 50 Awards, now in its 16th year, was created in 1995 to identify, support, recognise and reward enterprising privately-owned, local companies across all sectors. It has become a definitive list of the fifty most enterprising, privately-held local companies in Singapore.
It is jointly organised by The Business Times and KPMG in Singapore, and sponsored by OCBC Bank. Supporters of the awards are the Singapore Business Federation, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, International Enterprise Singapore and SPRING Singapore.
About The Business Times
The Business Times (BT), a member of the Singapore Press Holdings group, is South-east Asia's leading business daily. It is Singapore’s only financial daily and provides a complete guide on the local, regional and international business scene.
BT brings to its readers each day a comprehensive and concise package of corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary. BT also carries features and the latest lifestyle trends in food, entertainment, shopping, arts, health, travel and design. In June 1995, BT became the first English-language newspaper in Asia to go on the World Wide Web. Since January 2000, BT Online started to be available from 4am Singapore time (GMT +0800) and to offer news updates throughout the day.
About KPMG in Singapore
KPMG in Singapore is part of a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. The independent member firms of the KPMG network operate in 146 countries and have more than 140,000 professionals worldwide.
Our professionals can help growing enterprises cut through the complexity in doing business across a broad range of business issues facing them in their growth, performance, governance, and compliance objectives. These include audit, tax, business planning, and advice on fundraising, acquisitions, process improvements, and risk management. KPMG’s website is located at kpmg.com.sg
About OCBC Bank
OCBC Bank, established in 1912, is the second largest financial services group in Southeast Asia by assets. It is among the world's highest rated banks, with a long term credit rating of Aa1 from Moody's. OCBC Bank and its subsidiaries offer a broad array of specialist financial services, ranging from consumer, corporate, investment, private and transaction banking to treasury, insurance, asset management and stockbroking services.
OCBC Bank’s key markets are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Greater China. It has a network of more than 500 branches and representative offices in 15 countries and territories, including 400 branches and offices in Indonesia operated by its subsidiary, Bank OCBC NISP.
OCBC Bank's insurance subsidiary, Great Eastern Holdings, is the largest insurance group in Singapore and Malaysia by assets, and its asset management subsidiary, Lion Global Investors, is one of the largest private sector asset management companies in Southeast Asia.
About the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. It works closely with various stakeholders across sectors like education, healthcare, finance, transport, logistics, interactive and digital media, hospitality and retail to leverage infocomm for its economic and social development. The initiative, Infocomm@SME Programme offers Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) a series of initiatives and resources in speeding up their infocomm transformation. This is
part of the nation’s iN2015 masterplan to develop Singapore into an intelligent nation, global city powered by infocomm.
About International Enterprise Singapore
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry spearheading the development of Singapore’s external economic wing. Our mission is to promote the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and international trade. With a global network in over 30 locations and our 3C framework of assistance – Connections, Competency, Capital, we offer services to help enterprises export, develop business capabilities, find overseas partners and enter new markets. At the same time, we work to position Singapore as a base for foreign businesses to expand into the region in partnership with Singapore-based companies.
About SPRING Singapore
SPRING Singapore is the enterprise development agency for growing innovative companies and fostering a competitive SME sector. We work with partners to help enterprises in financing, capabilities and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING also develops and promotes internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance to enhance competitiveness and facilitate trade.
About Singapore Business Federation (新加坡工商联合总会)
As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore, in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking.