Helping service firms boost business

(From left) Manpower Minister Josephine Teo chatting with Madam Ong Poh Kee, 57, and Madam Chua Cher Kee, 75, both cleaning ambassadors at Fei Siong, about an eco-digester that turns food waste into water and carbon dioxide and helps lighten cleaning
(From left) Manpower Minister Josephine Teo chatting with Madam Ong Poh Kee, 57, and Madam Chua Cher Kee, 75, both cleaning ambassadors at Fei Siong, about an eco-digester that turns food waste into water and carbon dioxide and helps lighten cleaning workers' load, at the conference yesterday.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Companies in the service industry, which includes retailers and food operators, can now get more help to transform their businesses.

A new scheme will allow these companies to tap government subsidies and professional guidance to improve the way they serve customers, streamline and digitalise operations, and redesign jobs to attract workers.

The Service Industry Transformation Programme aims to support close to 180 companies and 1,100 workers over two years.

This comes ahead of upcoming reductions in the foreign worker quota for the service sector over the next two years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Helping service firms boost business'. Print Edition | Subscribe