News Details | 10-May-2012

SCCCI partners NTC to gauge the pulse of local enterprises

The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) and Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC), a multi-disciplinary centre focusing on entrepreneurship and technology innovation in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), are embarking on a new joint project to gauge the pulse of local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). 

The “2012 SMEs Survey – Increasing Productivity and Innovation Capabilities” will take a close look into the experiences of these local businesses, particularly in the areas of technological innovation, restructuring of business operations, increasing productivity, applying for government grants and manpower training.  The goal of the survey is to provide inputs to the government in policy implementation by undertaking a comprehensive and realistic analysis of the needs and challenges faced by SMEs.

The survey is conducted annually by SCCCI, a leading organisation for the local Chinese business community, to provide an effective channel of communication between the government and the private sector.  This is the first time that the SCCCI is collaborating with the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center. For this particular survey, specialists in areas such as innovation management, technological innovation and innovation culture from NTC will partner the Chamber for a comprehensive study of the SMEs.  The study will also provide strategic suggestions for SMEs to increase productivity through a combination of theoretical and practical analyses.

The survey is expected to be completed by this July and its findings will be shared in August 2012 at SCCCI's Annual SMEs Conference, where industry experts, academics and business leaders in Singapore and the region come together to exchange insights, network and address issues faced by the SMEs. 

Local SMEs that would like to share their experiences in the areas of innovation and productivity can e-mail the Chamber at:

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Media contacts:

Miss Fiona Hu
Senior Director
Communications, Research & Publications
Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tel: 63378381   Ext 128

Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687 

About Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Established in 1906, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) is an internationally renowned business organisation and the apex body of the Chinese business community in Singapore. It is the founder of the biennial World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention and the World Chinese Business Network (, a global online business information portal. It plays a key and pro-active role in representing the interests of the local business community. In its continued drive for service excellence, the SCCCI has become the first business chamber in the region that has been awarded ISO 9001-2000 certification since 1995. In 2009, the Chamber successfully upgraded its ISO certification to ISO 9001-2008.

The SCCCI has a membership network of 145 trade associations and 4,000 corporate entities including large financial and business organisations, multinational corporations, government-linked companies, small and medium enterprises from a wide spectrum of trades and industries. Together, they provide the business community with vast resources and an influential global Chinese business network for business, culture and education.

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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About Nanyang Technopreneurship Center

The Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC), a multi-disciplinary university-level centre in the Nanyang Technological University, was established in January 2001 with seed funding from the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore.  It is committed to fostering, promoting and nurturing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship endeavours through technology entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship development initiatives. 
As part of its mission to deliver a holistic entrepreneurship education, the NTC encourages passion as a key motivator for dreams to be realized; inculcates an entrepreneurial mindset to initiate innovative changes wherever possible; harnesses technology as an enabling tool for learning and business; and stresses the importance of developing responsible and ethical entrepreneurs who are committed to using their entrepreneurial expertise and resources to bring about significant economic and social development in the communities in which they operate.  Entire communities stand to benefit over the long term when livelihoods and lives are uplifted in this way, and this is in essence, the ethos of the NTC’s philosophy in inspiring and developing entrepreneurs with the heart, will and capability to make a positive and meaningful difference to society.
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