Singapore

Singapore is a beautiful and diverse city-state in South East Asia. Although quite small in area, it is considered a global economic giant. An excellent business destination; Singapore is home to a large number of global organisations, as well as many thriving start-ups. Additionally, it is culturally diverse with plenty of things to see and do, including the famous Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island and Gardens by the Bay.

Key factors

  1. Known as the financial, shipping and trade hub for the Asia Pacific region
  2. The Singapore Government has a pro-business economic and trade policy.
  3. Ranked by the World Bank as the easiest place in the world to start, run and do business.
  4. 50% of the world’s population can be reached within 6 hours flight
  5. Located where the major east and west shipping lanes converge

Singapore is extremely well connected, with a large number of different countries just a 6 hour flight away, making it an ideal location for businesses that need to be within easy reach of the Asia Pacific region. The impressive and award winning Changi Airport is undergoing further development with an additional terminal (terminal 5) being built, not to mention the arrival of Jewel at Changi Airport due in 2019, an exciting new mixed used development set across an impressive 10 storey complex that includes a canopy park with sky nets, discovery slides and canopy mazes. 

CBD

The Central Business District is unsurprisingly known as the prime area for businesses in Singapore. This area consists of Raffles Place, Collyer Quay, Clifford Pier, Cecil Street and Shenton Way. The CBD is a lively and modern area of the city, with various landmark skyscrapers and a wide array of restaurants, hotels and cafes. There is also an abundance of great spots for after work drinks, for example Kinki bar, Wine Connection and the Lantern. 

At the very heart of the CBD is Raffles Place, which is historically known as the 'Golden triangle' and particularly popular with the banking and finance sectors. Raffles place is home to a number of landmark skyscrapers, such as Six Battery Road and Capita Green. Numerous large corporates are based here, for example, Robert Walters, Standard Chartered Bank and the law firm Watson, Farley and Williams LLP. The CBD is also becoming increasingly popular with SME’s, start-ups and businesses that have recently expanded into Asia and are looking to be in Singapore’s business centre. 

There are plenty of great lunch spots and also bars, for example, One Altitude, the highest alfresco bar in the world at 282 metres above sea level. This area is extremely well connected, with regular bus services and MRT stations Raffles Place and Marina Bay Sands providing quick links to the rest of the city.

 

Marina Bay

Home to numerous famous Singapore landmarks, such as Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore flyer and Gardens by the bay, Marina Bay is a prestigious location to have your office in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands itself houses a hotel, casino, theatres, exhibition space, and an impressive shopping centre with numerous restaurants.

For a lunchtime stroll, you can walk along the riverside or head to the impressive (and air-conditioned!) shopping centre at Marina Bay Sands, as well as a wide range of other amenities.

The area is extremely well connected and is adjacent to the Central Business Disctrict.

Tanjong Pagar

Tanjong Pagar is set between the main financial district and Chinatown, and is an established office location for businesses looking for lower rents, but also wanting to be in the business district. As a result, there are plenty of new high-rise residential and also office developments in the area.

Tanjong Pagar is particularly popular with shipping and trading companies due to its proximity to the city terminal posts, as well as various insurance and professional services companies.

It is a stone’s throw from the lively Club Street and Amoy street, which have plenty of trendy bars and restaurants, and are very popular for after work drinks or dinner. The nearby La Pa Sat, a famous hawker market, is a great place to sample some local food for budget friendly prices.

Orchard

Orchard Road is a buzzy 2.2 kilometre long boulevard that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore. It is a major tourist attraction due to the premium shops and selection of hotels. As a result, this area is particularly popular with retail, marketing and events companies.

The area also has excellent transport links, plenty of hotels and restaurants.

City Hall

City Hall is a prime city fringe location for businesses, and offers larger floor plates which are scare in the heart of the CBD, for example Raffles Place.

There is plenty to do in this area, with the shopping centre, Raffles City, the famous Raffles Hotel (where you can get the famous Singapore Sling), and Chijmes, a former 19th century convent that houses a range of restaurants, bars and an event space. There is a great selection of hotels and also the International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

City Hall is well connected with the City Hall MRT, as well as bus links, providing easy access across the city.

Suntec City

Suntec City is a key development in the heart of Singapore, that is next to City Hall and Bugis. It has five offices towers, providing a massive 2.3 million square feet of office space., aswell as the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Suntec City is home to many marketing, media and IT companies.

There is plenty to do with a large shopping mall, providing numerous lunch spots and great places for after work drinks. There are also numerous landmark hotels here, such as the Pan Pacific Singapore and Conrad Centennial Singapore.

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