New DBS online portal to set up a business in one day

DBS lets small business owners appoint a company secretary to help them incorporate their business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra), among other things, with its Get Set portal.
DBS lets small business owners appoint a company secretary to help them incorporate their business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra), among other things, with its Get Set portal. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - DBS has launched an online portal to help entrepreneurs set up their business within a day.

The DBS Get Set portal lets small business owners appoint a company secretary to help them incorporate their business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra) and open a banking account at the same time, via a short online application process.

Each year, around 35,000 small businesses are set up here. Acra regulations demand that every company must appoint a company secretary within six months of incorporation.

While company directors can act as company secretary, professional corporate secretarial firms can value-add by providing accounting, business structure and tax advice.

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The company secretary is also responsible for ensuring a firm adheres to the mandatory reporting requirements of the Singapore Companies Act.

The DBS portal allows business owners to compare the services and fees of up to five corporate secretarial firms at a glance.

In addition, SME owners can work with a range of service providers to help them adopt digital technologies easily and at preferential rates.

For example, they can tap on Singtel's Shoptiq e-commerce solution for 99 cents a day to launch an online store. They can get hands-on support to set up their online store and create online content from students of Singapore Polytechnic's Diploma in Media and Communication and Diploma in Business Information Technology.

This is further complemented by online advertising solutions from Singtel's Adtiq, or PurpleClick and Kobe.

Other essential business services SMEs can sign up for include free trials on Xero, a cloud accounting software, as well as mobile phone and human resources software offers from StarHub and Talenox respectively.

"The DBS Get Set portal makes it very easy for small business owners to set up their company. Being able to shorten the time required to start up a business from weeks to hours with only a small capital outlay helps SMEs concentrate on building their customer base," said Ms Joyce Tee, group head of SME banking at DBS.

More information at https://www.dbs.com.sg/sme/business-registration.page.