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Upskilling for All! - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #222

Join us for a fireside chat on 24 January 2019 with Mr. Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore when he will share his perspectives on people and skills development.

11 Dec 2018

Previous Issues

And the finalists are… – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #221

I am delighted to announce the finalists of the 2019 SICC Awards: Celebrating Collaborative Innovation who will be presenting to the Judging Panel in January 2019!

4 Dec 2018

Membership Renewal – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #220

Here are reasons why you are a Chamber member, and for non-member friends, why you should join us!

27 Nov 2018

Post ASEAN Summits – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #219

The global economic power has moved east and this makes understanding and navigating ASEAN better vital for your businesses’ continued success. What are your thoughts on the ASEAN Summits?

20 Nov 2018

Showtime – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #218

As my team and I plan next year’s calendar of events, we invite you to share with us your wish lists. Write to my colleague Sharon at sharon@sicc.com.sg.

13 Nov 2018

Let there be light! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #217

This week sees the celebration of Deepavali – bring light to darkness and celebrate the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

5 Nov 2018

Take action! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #216

Many businesses experience unacceptable behaviour from prospective job candidates. Seek help from our tripartite partners, SNEF, MOM and NTUC – they could provide businesses with mediation as a cost effective alternative to expensive ligation.

30 Oct 2018

Another First Achieved – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #215

Your Chamber achieved another first with its inaugural Circular Economy Forum – “Commercial Opportunities in Sustainability” which took place on 17 October 2018.

23 Oct 2018

CNA 7 Nov – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #214

Our very first televised forum on collaborative innovation will be screened by CNA on 7 Nov 2018 at 9.30pm.

16 Oct 2018

Engage! Engage! Engage! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #213

Your Chamber’s website is now relaunched with a brand-new look and feel, designed with you in mind.

9 Oct 2018

The clock is ticking! – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #212

The deadline for the submission of your nominations for the 2019 SICC Awards is 31 October 2018.

2 Oct 2018

Revolution 5.0 – SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #211

Business people need to realize that they can grow and sustain profitable businesses while doing right by our planet and our species. Find out more at your Chamber’s inaugural Circular Economy Forum on 17 Oct.

25 Sep 2018

Differently Abled Talent - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #210

This week I bring a message from our partner SPD which does great work to place differently abled people in purposeful jobs.

18 Sep 2018

Workplace Safety - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #209

The level 1 Workplace Safety and Health Council’s (WSHC’s) bizSAFE capability programme will be held on 20 Sep and WSHC is offering the workshop to all Chamber members free of charge.

11 Sep 2018

Developing Talent - SICC MemberCONNECT Issue #208

There is never enough talent especially when you are expanding and need trusted talent to manage overseas offices. Join us on 8 Oct to learn more about the SEA Talent Development Programmes by Enterprise Singapore.

4 Sep 2018

Increased Visibility – SICC MemberCONNECT #207

I am delighted to announce that MediaCorp’s Channel NewsAsia is the Official Media Partner for the Chamber’s 2019 SICC Awards.

28 Aug 2018

Transform & Thrive – SICC MemberCONNECT #206

In partnership with Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), your Chamber will hold an introductory session on the Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) on 26 September 2018.

21 Aug 2018

FLAME – SICC MemberCONNECT #205

Selfless and fearless leadership are not for the faint hearted but they are for you. Read on to find out more about a leadership course: FLAME – Fearless Leadership and Mindful Enterprise.

14 Aug 2018

53 – SICC MemberCONNECT #204

As we celebrate National Day this week, let’s also celebrate and practise inclusion every day of the year, always remembering: “We are Singapore!”

7 Aug 2018

Mutual Assured Survival – SICC MemberCONNECT #203

Join us at the inaugural SICC Circular Economy Forum on 17 October to discuss, debate and share creative solutions on how we can create a practical, commercial roadmap to achieve a circular economy.

31 July 2018

Navigating ITMs – SICC MemberCONNECT #202

Transforming a business is never easy. Check out the SICC Starters’ Guide to ITMs your Chamber has put together to help companies navigate the ITMs.

24 July 2018

2019 SICC Awards – SICC MemberCONNECT #201

The 2019 SICC Awards for Collaborative Innovation is now launched and we are delighted to invite you to submit your nominations. The SICC Awards are open to both members and non-members.

17 July 2018

Competition & Regulation – SICC MemberCONNECT #200

Your Chamber celebrates the 200th issue of MemberCONNECT today! This week we bring you the topic on competition and consumer law enforcement; hear from the experts from Ashurst their perspectives on 18 July.

10 July 2018

Inclusive Integration – SICC MemberCONNECT #199

This 199th issue of our weekly e-newsletter brings you a topic close to my heart: making sure all companies integrate their local and foreign employees.

3 July 2018

New Term – SICC MemberCONNECT #198

Many thanks to those of you who attended the Chamber’s 2018 AGM and the AGM Reception that followed it on 20 June 2018 at the Pan Pacific Singapore.

26 June 2018

Export Outlook – SICC MemberCONNECT #197

How can businesses better assess volatile economic situations to reposition themselves during challenging times? Mahamoud Islam, Senior Economist, Euler Hermes Asia Pacific, will share insights on the economic outlook for Singapore’s exports on 5 Jul.

19 June 2018

Building Resilience – SICC MemberCONNECT #196

There’s lots of talk about how we all need to build resilience. This week fellow member Vadivu of Joy Works shares some research-backed tips for us to implement.

12 June 2018

Honour Due – SICC MemberCONNECT #195

Mark your calendars – the annual SAF Day Combined Rededication Ceremony, a ceremony that gives our NSmen the opportunity to publicly re-affirm their dedication to the SAF and the Nation, will be held on 2 July 2018.

5 June 2018

Culture rules! – SICC MemberCONNECT #194

What is a positive workplace culture and why is it important? Ms Andrea Della Mattea, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, will share the failures and successes of Microsoft’s cultural transformation journey at your Chamber’s AGM Reception on 20 June.

30 May 2018

Sell. Sell. Sell. – SICC MemberCONNECT #193

Those of you who are active on the LinkedIn platform will know that last week we launched our collaboration with Chris J. Reed’s Black Marketing company. Chris will chair the Chamber’s new Marketing Committee.

22 May 2018

And the winners are… – SICC MemberCONNECT #192

Showtime! What a great evening we had on 9 May! It was a triumph!

15 May 2018

Announcement tomorrow – SICC MemberCONNECT #191

Tomorrow will be your Chamber’s 2018 SICC Awards Gala Dinner. Winners will be announced during dinner and they will receive their awards from our Guest of Honour, Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education.

8 May 2018

More inclusivity please! – SICC MemberCONNECT #190

This week we hear from our friends at SG Enable which champions the cause of integrating people with disabilities into the workforce.

2 May 2018

Only Connect! – SICC MemberCONNECT #189

Connect with the Best of Corporate Singapore – here’s how!

24 April 2018

Social Selling 101 – SICC MemberCONNECT #188

Connect with your Chamber at our LinkedIn page!

17 April 2018

Effective Networking – SICC MemberCONNECT #187

I invite more members to co-host your Chamber’s networking sessions to enhance your brands and reach a diverse demographic. Your Chamber has one of the best platforms to showcase your business and create value for your fellow members.

10 April 2018

Giving back – SICC MemberCONNECT #186

It is a pleasure to invite all members to attend your Chamber’s AGM on 20 Jun at the Pan Pacific Singapore. While the AGM is strictly for members only, the networking reception at 6.45pm is open to all members, friends and prospective members alike.

3 April 2018

Your Say – SICC MemberCONNECT #185

How do you think your Chamber can be more effective and useful for you and your business? We’d love to hear your views.

27 Mar 2018

Revolutionising Recruitment – SICC MemberCONNECT #184

It is very encouraging that more companies, just like your Chamber, practise competency-based recruitment, because it is the fair and just way to recruit.

20 Mar 2018

Strategy Execution – SICC MemberCONNECT #183

Your Chamber’s first Leadership Series in 2018 will focus on effective strategy execution, one of the most important abilities of a successful business leader. On 4 April, Mr Robin Speculand will share his views on this topic.

13 Mar 2018

Manpower – SICC MemberCONNECT #182

Can Singapore really have a sustainably vibrant and innovative economy with lean manpower? Let us know what your thoughts are.

6 Mar 2018

Premium Relaunch! – SICC MemberCONNECT #181

Your Chamber is relaunching our Premium Membership; it now provides a suite of exclusive benefits to facilitate each Premium Member’s outreach to the SICC and wider business community. Read on to find out more.

27 Feb 2018

Budget 2018 – SICC MemberCONNECT #180

What did you make of yesterday’s budget announcement? Read on for your Chamber’s views on Budget 2018.

20 Feb 2018

Lunar New Year – SICC MemberCONNECT #179

As we celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog with family and friends later this week my team and I want to wish you, your families and businesses every success.

13 Feb 2018

Differently Abled Talent – SICC MemberCONNECT #178

This week we feature a piece from Disabled Peoples’ Association Singapore which reminds us of a differently abled local talent pool we should not ignore. Read on for more.

6 Feb 2018

Membership Counts – SICC MemberCONNECT #177

With 660 company members your Chamber is no minnow. But, I want to increase our membership to enhance our voice. I’d like to ask for your help in two ways.

30 Jan 2018

Selfless Leadership – SICC MemberCONNECT #176

The secret sauce in innovation, memorable service and teamwork is…

23 Jan 2018

Committees Revamp – SICC MemberCONNECT #175

Rather than have committees on specific industries or sectors, your Chamber Committees have been revamped to concentrate our collective efforts on issues and topics which affect all businesses whatever their size or sector.

16 Jan 2018

Awards Finalists – SICC MemberCONNECT #174

Congratulations to all finalists of the 2018 SICC Awards; I wish them well when they present their collaborations to our panel of judges on 30 January. Read on to find out who the finalists are.

9 Jan 2018

Millennials – SICC MemberCONNECT #173

“I want to work for a company that appreciates my worth.” – Is this evidence of an entitlement mindset among young people or is it a problem of a mismatch of communications? Read on for more…

2 Jan 2018

Happy New Year – SICC MemberCONNECT #172

It is with much pleasure that my team and I wish you, your families, colleagues and businesses a very happy New Year!

26 Dec 2017

Festive Greetings! – SICC MemberCONNECT #171

My team and I wish each of you, your families, colleagues and businesses the very best compliments of the Season, happy holidays and, to all who celebrate it, a happy Christmas!

19 Dec 2017

St. Gallen – SICC MemberCONNECT #170

The 48th St. Gallen Symposium will be held on the campus of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland from 2–4 May 2018. Read on to find out why you should attend and support it.

12 Dec 2017

Putting ourselves first – SICC MemberCONNECT #169

Mental Health – the greatest taboo, and the illness that dares not speak its name.

5 Dec 2017

Tax Talk – SICC MemberCONNECT #168

The recent media coverage on the possibility of tax increases tells us that the run up to Budget 2018 is well and truly underway. Read on for your Chamber’s view on tax increases on the current taxplayer base.

28 Nov 2017

Avoid excessive regulation. Go for increased education. – SICC MemberCONNECT #167

We had an excellent session on intellectual property and brand protection last Friday. Read on to find out what the key learning points are.

21 Nov 2017

bizzi again – SICC MemberCONNECT #166

Collaborating is second nature to me and my team at your Chamber, and it needs to be for all SMEs too. Your fellow member bizzi.co has some thoughts to share on this topic.

14 Nov 2017

Myanmar Opportunities – SICC MemberCONNECT #165

How can you best navigate and focus on the right business opportunities in Myanmar? Read on for a message from a fellow member with a particular passion for helping you navigate this frontier market.

7 Nov 2017

Fearless Leadership – SICC MemberCONNECT #164

A new Chamber collaborator – but not new to several of you – is Cranfield School of Management. Read on to find out why and how you need to change your leadership mindset.

31 Oct 2017

Ticking Clock – SICC MemberCONNECT #163

The clock is indeed ticking. Submit a nomination for the 2018 SICC Awards which celebrate collaborative innovation. The SICC Awards are open to members and non-members alike. Nominations close on 30 November 2017.

24 Oct 2017

Presidential Dinner – SICC MemberCONNECT #162

Your Chamber is supporting a dinner organised by SBF in honour of Her Excellency President Halimah Yacob on 3 November 2017. Email Sopia at sopia@sicc.com.sg to register.

17 Oct 2017

Planet Sea – SICC MemberCONNECT #161

Our planet sea is under threat. 8 million tons of plastics are dumped, or end up, in our oceans every year. SICC is supporting a conference: “Towards plastic free oceans” on 25 Oct organised by The European Union Delegation to Singapore.

10 Oct 2017

Shred it! – SICC MemberCONNECT #160

Just like cyber security risks are applicable to all companies whatever their size, disposing of paper waste is a business risk that needs managing. Read on for practical tips to do just that from your fellow member, Shred-it.

3 Oct 2017

Chamber defined – SICC MemberCONNECT #159

Why should one join SICC? Reasons: we focus on 3 main topics that’s directly linked to sustaining Singapore’s economy & relevant to all members irrespective of company size/sector: Human Capital, Collaborative Innovation & Circular Economy.

26 Sep 2017

Execute! – SICC MemberCONNECT #158

Formulating a business strategy is easy but executing it is not and yet it is key for a business to move forward and to sustain its growth. Join us on 3 Oct for the first of two deep dives into the art of strategy execution.

19 Sep 2017

bizzi collaborating – SICC MemberCONNECT #157

You know your Chamber stands for collaboration as the fastest way to innovate. Read on to hear from your fellow member bizzi about its approach to SME collaboration.

12 Sep 2017

Collaboration News – SICC MemberCONNECT #156

Minister Ong Ye Kung, will be our GOH for the 2018 SICC Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner to be held on 9 May 18. As part of lead up to 2018 Awards, a panel discussion with our 2017 SICC Award winners will be held on Fri, 8 Sep.

5 Sep 2017

Good Game! – SICC MemberCONNECT #155

The weather was kinder for this year’s golf tournament at the Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course on 24 Aug. Members and their guests played a full round of 18 holes.

29 Aug 2017

Standards for all – SICC MemberCONNECT #154

This week we share with you the latest Tripartite Standards for companies from TAFEP. You are encouraged to sign up.

22 Aug 2017

Collaborative Learning – SICC MemberCONNECT #153

Join us on 8 Sep for a panel discussion with our 2017 Award winners which is also part of the lead-up to the 2018 SICC Awards. Nominations are open from now until 27 Oct 2017. More details are available at www.siccawards.com.sg.

15 Aug 2017

With Thanks – SICC MemberCONNECT #152

As Singapore celebrates the 52nd anniversary of its independence this week, it is time, once again, to give thanks. Happy Birthday Singapore! Majulah Singapura!

8 Aug 2017

Active Value – SICC MemberCONNECT #151

Several of you have recently commented just how active your Chamber is. The next couple of months will be especially busy with a wide variety of thought provoking & enriching events. Visit our events calendar at www.sicc.com.sg for more details.

1 Aug 2017

Digital Focus – SICC MemberCONNECT #150

Join us on 3 Aug where Mr Leslie Loh, serial entrepreneur, principal & founder of Lithan will use his business as a case study of how digital transformation can leverage SkillsFuture to advance change management and achieve positive results.

25 July 2017

SICC@SICC! – SICC MemberCONNECT #149

This is the final call for your Chamber’s 2017 Golf Tournament which will be held on 24 August at the Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course, SICC@SICC! Registration closes on 28 July so email events@sicc.com.sg to register today.

18 July 2017

Trust – SICC MemberCONNECT #148

When you sell your products and services pay attention to establishing and maintaining trust. If trust is lost, the deal is off.

11 July 2017

Tax Certainty – SICC MemberCONNECT #147

Last week, your Chamber’s Tax Policy Committee held its annual dialogue with officers from MOF to discuss the annual budget wish list. Please send your views to victor@sicc.com.sg by 21 July 2017.

4 July 2017

AGM 2017? Check! – SICC MemberCONNECT #146

Many thanks to each of you who attended AGM 2017 on 21 June and the very enjoyable reception which followed it at Conrad Centennial Singapore.

27 June 2017

Judging Panel – SICC MemberCONNECT #145

Delighted to announce and thank the judging panel for the Chamber’s 2018 SICC Awards which celebrate collaborative innovation. The SICC Awards are open to members and non-members. Submit your nomination early.

20 June 2017

Evangelise! – SICC MemberCONNECT #144

Over the course of this year, many of you have told me & my colleagues that you really enjoy the warm welcome at SICC. This is very encouraging as this is what we work to achieve for you. Tell your friends & business contacts to apply for membership.

13 June 2017

Top 5 Global Risks – SICC MemberCONNECT #143

Company boards need to understand key risks in order to manage them. Here are the top 5 global risks shared by our collaborator the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

6 June 2017

Membership has its Benefits – SICC MemberCONNECT #142

One way Members create value for their fellow members is through the Membership Benefits Scheme. It is an initiative that is very much in line with one of the Chamber’s core objectives: to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes between members.

30 May 2017

Fore! – SICC MemberCONNECT #141

Your Chamber’s 2017 golf tournament will be held on 24 August at the Singapore Island Country Club’s New Course. Our Guest of Honour will be Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport.

23 May 2017

Skills for the Future II – SICC MemberCONNECT #140

Last week, we talked about the need to build and use a set of core, transferable skills to survive in today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. This week is about the vital role employers need to play.

16 May 2017

Skills for the Future I – SICC MemberCONNECT #139

There is so much debate these days about what key skills we all need to have to help us move from job to job in the new digital economy. Practising core transferable skills is paramount to success. They won’t change. What are they?

9 May 2017

Cyber Insurance – SICC MemberCONNECT #138

It is just not possible to guarantee the safety of computer systems 100% of the time. Insurance can help protect consumers and service providers. Read on for information from your fellow member Chubb on cyber insurance.

3 May 2017

Lift Off – SICC MemberCONNECT #137

Having announced the winners of your Chamber’s 2017 Awards just over a month ago, we’re delighted to launch the 2018 SICC Awards today! As before, our Awards celebrate, learn from and recognise collaborative innovations. Submit your nominations early.

25 April 2017

AGM 2017 – SICC MemberCONNECT #136

It is a pleasure to invite all members to attend your Chamber’s AGM on 21 Jun at 5.15pm at the Conrad. While the AGM is strictly for members only the networking reception at 6.30pm is open to all members, friends and prospective members alike.

18 April 2017

Community Innovation – SICC MemberCONNECT #135

Continual innovation is the heartbeat of every successful business which is why it is at the top of your Chamber’s list of priorities. Join us on 23 May to hear from Ascendas-Singbridge and come away with learning points for you to adapt and adopt.

11 April 2017

You + NS – SICC MemberCONNECT #134

Every company knows why it is vital to support National Service (NS) and their employees who are NSmen. Show your support by participating in this year’s SAF Day Combined Rededication Ceremonies (CRCs) on Friday, 30 June 2017.

4 April 2017

Good Job! – SICC MemberCONNECT #133

If you were one of the 700+ people who attended your Chamber’s 180th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony last Friday, you will know the evening was a great success.

28 Mar 2017

Countdown – SICC MemberCONNECT #132

As you can imagine, my team and I are counting down to the Chamber’s 180th Anniversary Gala Dinner. It’s been a year in the planning and will take place this Friday, 24 March 2017.

21 Mar 2017

Only re-use – SICC MemberCONNECT #131

It won’t be long before we have more plastics than fish in the world’s oceans unless we radically re-think waste management. Join us at our 6 April 2017 event entitled: “Can Singapore do for Waste what it has done for Water?” to learn more.

14 Mar 2017

Plugging the gaps – SICC MemberCONNECT #130

In the Budget Statement there’s talk about the role which TACs should play. What practical assistance do you need from SICC to help in your restructuring/transformation journey? What should SICC be looking at/delivering that it is not already doing?

7 Mar 2017

ROI – SICC MemberCONNECT #129

This week I want to salute all members who serve on the many Chamber committees. Committees are a key mechanism for members to network, share expertise, learn from each other, etc. I encourage all members who do not yet serve on committees to join.

28 Feb 2017

Post Budget – SICC MemberCONNECT #128

What is your company’s response to Budget 2017? We thought it was as expected: targeted short term measures and a focus on implementing the Committee for the Future Economy’s (CFE’s) recommendations.

21 Feb 2017

In Good Company – SICC MemberCONNECT #127

Here’s a message on doing good for the best of commercial reasons from our collaborator the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).

14 Feb 2017

Milestone Birthday! – SICC MemberCONNECT #126

Today, your Chamber celebrates 180 years in Singapore. I want to use this milestone birthday to pay tribute to all our members who collectively contribute not only to Singapore’s business community but also to Singapore.

8 Feb 2017

NS Mark – SICC MemberCONNECT #125

GONG XI FA CAI! I hope you all have had an enjoyable start to The Year of the Rooster! In addition to being a big year for your Chamber, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of National Service (NS).

1 Feb 2017

Gong Xi Fa Cai – SICC MemberCONNECT #124

It is a real pleasure for me and my team to wish you and yours good health, continued prosperity and success in the Year of the Rooster! GONG XI FA CAI!

24 Jan 2017

National Trade Platform – SICC MemberCONNECT #123

As part of the Chamber’s support for the collaborative development of the National Trade Platform, it is a pleasure to bring you the progress report from their project team on their collaboration with industry partners.

17 Jan 2017

Gala Update – SICC MemberCONNECT #122

Even the best-laid plans sometimes meet with the unexpected. PM’s schedule has changed and he is no longer able to be our GOH for the Chamber’s 180th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Instead Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy PM will grace our Gala Dinner as GOH.

10 Jan 2017

Back to work! – SICC MemberCONNECT #121

2017 will be another action-packed year. All the more so, because in 2017 we celebrate 180 years of service. All the January and February events are now open for registration except for Post-Budget event which we are finalising.

4 Jan 2017