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Apparel-maker to build brand presence in the market

A promising bet on athleisure

WHEN ViQ Apparel first came onto the scene, there weren’t many other local players offering athleisure products. The company can be considered one of the pioneers in the industry.

Make use of technology in accounting for SMEs

THE use of technology in accounting for small and medium sized enterprises proffers huge opportunities for both the service providers and users.





Tech touch: Technology can help SMEs that are underserved by the accounting fraternity, says Chong.

Chinese bike-sharing firms increase rental fares

CHINESE bike-sharing companies have recently raised their bike rental prices, a key step necessary to support a sustainable business, said industry experts.

Online lenders reduce risk on recession worries

US ONLINE lenders such as LendingClub Corp, Kabbage Inc and Avant LLC are scrutinising loan quality, securing long-term financing and cutting costs, as executives prepare for what they fear could be the sector’s first economic downturn.

New fund to back early-stage SMEs

TO SUPPORT the growth of local SMEs, private investment firm RHL Ventures has launched a RM100mil fund, in which SME Corp Malaysia has made a significant investment.

Not just another coat

Demand for nano-coatings to be buoyed by the construction sector.





Significant contributor: Ng shows off Tevo Creations’ range of nano-coating products.

Digital lenders lure unbanked Argentines out of shadow economy

MARIA Rosales, 39, is one of millions of less affluent Argentines locked out of the traditional financial sector. The former cruise ship worker lost her job in 2015 and has relied on her family for financial support to stay afloat since.

Social entrepreneurs struggle to strike a balance

FROM tackling pollution to improving access to healthcare, social entrepreneurs try to use businesses to help solve some of the world’s greatest problems but many agree the magnitude of doing so with limited means can take a personal toll.





Working with the system: Social entrepreneurs need to recognise that they cannot solve every problem on          their own. — Reuters

Flowering prosperity in Yunnan

TWENTY years ago, the farmers around Yunnan’s Dianchi Lake mostly grew vegetables for sale in local village markets.





Floral display: A florist arranges bouquets at the Dounan market. — China Daily