New SPH portal to build SME community

sgsme.sg features content from SPH stable of publications, Q&A platform for firms

Singapore Press Holdings has launched a new bilingual portal aimed at managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The sgsme.sg portal will offer SME-related news, analyses, features and interviews from The Straits Times, The Business Times, The SME Magazine, Lianhe Zaobao, zaobao.sg, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News.

The website also aims to build a community of SMEs, and to that end, one of the portal's key features is "Just Ask", a platform for firms to ask questions and offer responses on any topic of relevance to their businesses.

Its goal is to connect SME owners and entrepreneurs to specialised service providers, government agencies, trade associations and all others with an interest in the SME scene.

Those with questions can expect the wisdom of the crowd to be supplemented with credible responses from a panel of experts across accounting, legal, banking, regulatory and other fields.

"Such a community, we hope, will empower SMEs to collaborate and pursue bolder growth ambitions, to the benefit of the wider Singapore economy," said sgsme.sg editor (English) Teh Shi Ning of The Business Times.

sgsme.sg editor (Chinese) Shen Yue of the Chinese Media Group Digital added: "SMEs constantly seek information and knowledge to get ahead, but are often pressed for time. With sgsme.sg, content relevant to local SMEs from seven English and Chinese editorial products is pulled into a single website."

To keep up to date with the latest SME news, events and what's happening on Just Ask, users can sign up for sgsme.sg Digest - a free e-mail newsletter that will be sent out twice a week.

Subscribers will also be the first to know about the launch of sgsme.sg's SME Club, which will offer paid membership for privileges such as invitations to exclusive events.

Users can also follow sgsme.sg on Facebook (@sgsme.sg) and Twitter (@sgsmesg) for regular updates.

The main English sections of the site are:

• News - News updates, analyses, features and interviews that are relevant to SMEs;

• Money - Content on SME banking and financing, new products on the market targeted at SMEs, and other money matters;

• Government - All changes in government policies that might affect SMEs, including grants, loans and other schemes;

• SME Interviews - Profiles and features of SME owners and entrepreneurs;

• Awards - Business awards such as the Emerging Enterprise Award;

• Events - Listing of SME-related events; and

• Just Ask, a Q&A board.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'New SPH portal to build SME community'. Print Edition | Subscribe