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Four businesses receive President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award

Published on Dec 15, 2012 2:30 PM
(From left) Mr Joshua Johannes, 40, operations supervisor; Mr Jabez William Tan, 38, co-founder and operations director; Mr Caleb Tan, 50, chef; Mr Jacob Ong, 39, operations supervisor; and Mr Elias Singh, 43, operations supervisor at New Soon Huat Pte Ltd at 257 Jalan Kayu on Dec 04, 2012. The business won the social enterprise startup of the year in the inaugural President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award. New Soon Huat Pte Ltd was launched in 2011 and it already has two outlets, an additional outlet will open in 2013. It was started by ex-offenders, with about 70 per cent of the staff are ex-offenders. Ten per cent of its profits will fund the needs of its beneficiaries. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

They hire ex-convicts, delinquents and disadvantaged women.

And for their efforts to make society better, four businesses here were presented with trophies and cash awards between $10,000 and $15,000 at the inaugural President's Challenge Social Enterprise Award last week on Dec 6.

Garment alteration business A-Changin, which has two outlets in Chevron House and Mandarin Gallery, and western food chain Eighteen Chefs, which has three outlets in Simei, Fusionopolis and Tiong Bahru, were both given the Social Enterprise Of The Year Award.

And bak kut teh chain New Soon Huat, with two outlets in Jalan Kayu and Ang Mo Kio, was named Social Enterprise Start-Up Of The Year.

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