Businesses face labour squeeze in festive season
It is the festive season's busiest period, yet Ms Olivia Lim has closed her bakery for two weeks.
Behind My Lovebites' shutters, the 37-year-old and her mother pound dough for 18 hours a day, seven days a week, to fill a long list of Chinese New Year orders.
"I've tried looking for help, but can't find anyone suitable," said Ms Lim, who opened her Joo Chiat Road store in 2011. "We closed temporarily so we didn't have to worry about walk-in orders."
She is not alone.
"I've tried looking for help, but can't find anyone suitable. We closed temporarily so we didn't have to worry about walk-in orders."
MS OLIVIA LIM, who has closed her bakery My Lovebites for two weeks
Help from family
"We're roping in my aunties to help. I have no social life, but at least it's fun to work with the family... Still I don't think I can rely on them much longer - we'll need more proper staff."
MS JACLYN LIM, owner of floral shop The Bloom Room