SME help centres to be set up in all five Central Development Council districts

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will now be able to tap on free business advice at satellite help centres across the island, even if the firms are located in the far-flung corners of Singapore.

On Wednesday, an agreement was sealed between the five local trade associations, Spring Singapore and the People's Associaions to set up SME help centres within the five Central Development Council districts.

These new centres will help aid the small and micro businesses that are located deep in the heartlands, said Dr Amy Khor, the chairman of the mayor's committee.

She was speaking at the launch of the second satellite centre located at SouthWest CDC, which will aim to reach out to 600 firms a year. This follows from the first satellite centre.

Overall, the new satellite centres are expected to help 6,000 SMEs annually.