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6 reasons to join a business chamber

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thinking about joining a chamber?  It makes good business sense – here are 6 reasons why you should make the time…

1. People do business with people they know:  A business chamber’s reason for existence is to connect people and initiate more business activity for its membership base. A chamber of commerce does this most effectively by providing a full calendar of events for networking and connecting professionals.  

2. Information; stay informed; find the answers.  A chamber will keep you informed of changes and issues that may affect your business, news on available grants and tips for doing business in the region or in a specific industry. A chamber is a great place to meet the people who will answer those questions that cannot be found by googling.

3. Credibility is key:  Being a member of a chamber is a very real way of highlighting the credibility of your business.  Research shows that consumers are more likely to engage with a company that is a member of the local chamber of commerce.*

4. Advocacy; the voice of many:  By definition advocacy is the the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal.  A chamber of commerce represent its members through official political channels but also provides opportunities for members to have more direct and less formal dialogue with politicians and policy makers on issues and topics that impact them.

5. Visibility; increase your brand: A chamber of commerce has excellent outreach through e-newsletters, print publications and social media.  By simply being a member you can increase the awareness of your business within the membership base and beyond.  Members also have the option of actively promote your business through advertising and sponsorship.

6. Perks for Members: One way members can promote their business within the chamber is to offer discounts and special offers to members.  In some cases, this can benefit the whole family (restaurant, shopping, services discounts etc).  

A chamber membership may not guarantee your business overnight success in a new market.  However being an active member of a chamber might help you gain credibility, give you access to federal ministers and provide you with a great opportunity in make meaningful business connections.  It is the classic adage - you’ll get out of it what you are willing to put in! 

So...come to events, connect with other members, talk to the Chamber’s team about what you do, update your profile in the database, engage in surveys and read the newsletter.  Make the most of your membership  -  it’s good for business!

Thinking of joining AustCham?  Our six month membership is now open and this represents a 50 per cent saving on the AustCham membership fee.  Visit and contact for all the details.

* When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

Tags:  AustCham Singapore  chamber of commerce  improve your business  network  reasons to join a chamber of commerce 

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5 reasons why Singapore Turf Club is a little piece of Australia

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Tuesday, 2 September 2014

If you head down to Kranji racetrack in Singapore, you’ll more than likely hear a few ocker accents.  Here’s 5 reasons why…

1. Australian racehorses make up 50% of the racing population in Singapore. Group 1 races currently held by Australian-bred horses include the Lion City Cup, Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup.

2. Several Australian jockeys are now riding in Singapore home including Corey Brown, Danny Beasley & John Powell.

3. There are five Australian trainers in Singapore: Michael Freedman, Cliff Brown, Shane Baertschiger, Steven Burridge and Brian Dean.

4. There is an increasing number of Australian owners of Singapore-based horses. Due to the growing numbers of Australians living in Singapore and the good return of investment in the racing scene, Aussies are now more likely to purchase a racehorse in Singapore.

5. The Singapore Turf Club starting gates and racing fences are all Aussie-made supplied by South Australian company,  Steriline Racing. Steriline Racing built a bespoke new starting gate for the club and fitted it out with custom-made padding in Singapore Turf Club purple.  

And if you want some more links visit the Singapore Turf Club Website and search “Australia”. You will get 56 pages of results….

Recommended Reading for you: 5 reasons why Australia and Singapore are closer than you think

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Tags:  Australian horseracing in Singapore  Brian Dean  Cliff Brown  Michael Freedman  Steven Burridge 

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5 reasons why Australia and Singapore are closer than you think

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Australians and Singaporeans enjoy a thriving network of cross-border investments and joint collaborations - here's 5 reasons why...

1. Close Government ties

The bilateral relationship with Singapore is one of Australia's closest and most comprehensive in Southeast Asia.  Ministers for Defence, Trade and Foreign Affairs from both countries will be meeting this month for the eighth edition of the Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC).

2. School buddies
Over 100,000 Singaporeans are alumni of Australian universities, including the President Tony Tan.  Singapore is a participant in the pilot phase of the New Colombo Plan, a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

3. Travel Mates
In 2013, there were 385,300 visitors to Australia from Singapore, an increase of 12.1 per cent on the previous year. Last year more people visited Australia from Singapore than any other country in Southeast Asia and Singaporeans can now use the SmartGate self-processing facilities at Australia's eight major airports.

4. Business Partners
The Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), which came into force on 28 July 2003, has contributed to a strong bilateral economic partnership. Singapore is Australia's largest trade and investment partner in ASEAN and our fifth largest trading partner overall.  Singapore was ranked fourth overall as a source of foreign investment in Australia.

5. Defence Allies
Singapore and Australia have been partners in the Five Power Defence Arrangements since 1971 which also includes Malaysia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The Singapore Armed Forces have access to Australian training areas, including the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland.

Keep connected with Australian Business in Singapore, take a look at the benefits of membership to the chamber and email us if you any questions.

Tags:  Australia  Bilateral relationships  colombo plan  defence  education  SIngapore  singapore and australia relationship 

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The Southern Star Aug/Sep 2014 - Entrepreneurs & fresh ideas

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Monday, 4 August 2014

This issue of the Southern Star is full of Australian entrepreneurs who have brought new ideas to Singapore. Our feature article is on Elena & Roland Scherer from Red Gum who have been bringing Australian produce to Singapore for 25 years.
Download here.

Recommended Reading for you: 6 reasons to join a business chamber

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Tags:  Australin business success stories  Dog Wash Singapore  Entrepreneurs  Entrepreneurship  Failthful+Gould  How to choose an internationl school  OnThe Go  Red gum  Southern Star  William Angliss Institute Singapore 

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Singapore Immigration Briefing: Upcoming Changes to the Fair Consideration Framework

Posted By AustCham Singapore, Monday, 21 July 2014

Event Highlights

This key Immigration briefing session was attended by members of AustCham, the French Chamber of Commerce Singapore and the Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce. The auditorium at ESSEC Business School was at maximum capacity for presentations by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) on the latest changes to the Immigration framework.

The Immigration briefing session was held just a day after new announcements were made by the MOM in relation to the exemptions to the advertising requirement, which will become mandatory from 1 August 2014. Short-term assignments lasting no longer than one month will be exempt from the advertising requirement, but many people in the audience felt that this period would be too short for temporary positions and assignments.

MOM and WDA presentations were followed by a Q&A session, moderated by PwC International Assignment Services (Singapore).  Some members expressed the challenges their organisations are likely to face post- 1 August 2014. During the Q&A, representatives from multi-national corporations to SMEs, made it clear that there will be challenges for organisations trying to attract Singaporeans to fill certain positions, whilst also ensuring that training programmes for overseas staff and attracting the best talent can still be achieved. Watch this space for more updates!

Presentation available for AustCham members.  Click here

For more stories about 'The Singapore Story', click here 

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Tags:  Employment regulation  EP  Foreign worker  MOM 

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