Overcoming challenges to set up novel businesses

Move over bowling, axe throwing is the new sport in town. Singapore's first axe-throwing range opened at Turf City, now known as The Grandstand, on Sept 15.
Mr Samuel Tey , who runs Singapore’s first axe-throwing range, and Mr Royce Tan (Above), who owns the first rage room here, each looked at about five places a day for two months before finding a location for their businesses. Mr Tey finally settled on The
Mr Samuel Tey , who runs Singapore’s first axe-throwing range, and Mr Royce Tan (Above), who owns the first rage room here, each looked at about five places a day for two months before finding a location for their businesses. Mr Tey finally settled on The Grandstand in Bukit Timah and Mr Tan found a place in Balestier.JST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN
Mr Samuel Tey(Above) , who runs Singapore’s first axe-throwing range, and Mr Royce Tan , who owns the first rage room here, each looked at about five places a day for two months before finding a location for their businesses. Mr Tey finally settled on The
Mr Samuel Tey(Above) , who runs Singapore’s first axe-throwing range, and Mr Royce Tan , who owns the first rage room here, each looked at about five places a day for two months before finding a location for their businesses. Mr Tey finally settled on The Grandstand in Bukit Timah and Mr Tan found a place in Balestier.JST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

Obstacles include rigid landlords, uncharted territory in regulations and insurance policies

When Mr Royce Tan was looking to set up Singapore's first "rage room" - where customers can have a safe space to vent and wreck items - he spent each day visiting about five locations.

He initially had his eye set on a shophouse in Thomson, but landlords there told him they wanted to rent their premises to only tuition centres or hair salons.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2018, with the headline 'Overcoming challenges to set up novel businesses'. Print Edition | Subscribe