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Furniture cleaners come calling

WHEN it comes to cleaning, people generally tend to overlook the importance of frequent, thorough cleaning of furniture which are more prone to trap dust and dirt, such as mattresses, sofas and chairs as well as carpets.

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Swiss & affordable

Swiss-made timepieces are no longer priced out of bound unlike previously. Three watchmakers — Claude Bernard, Luminox and Edox — show off their latest affordable watches.

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A good way to benchmark

SOBA, in its seventh year, is proving to be a good way for small businesses to measure their achievement, as well as learn from the other companies taking part in the awards. JOY LEE reports.

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China’s latest e-car maker Singulato revs up

New startup Singulato zips into a fairly crowded scene, easily raising lots of funds as China makes smart, connected cars a priority. The government clearly sees the sector as a way to challenge established global automakers.

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The art of fine printing

The world has embraced digital in everything for its great convenience. Against this, the people at The Alphabet Press, who specialise in stationery paper products, offer the alluring, old-fashioned craftsmanship and tactile feel of letterpress printing.

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Your credit score’s out there

Credit reporting agency CTOS has made its consumer credit score report available via phone apps. Your ‘credit-bility’ is now in the public realm, with the agency saying this may encourage people to be more aware and to take charge of their credit health. MEK ZHIN reports.

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Hot number plates for trade

Never mind gold, forget property... It would seem unique licence plates are the premium commodity to invest in. Urban Paradigm’s Khoo Boo Soon, who operates a digital platform for the buying and selling of licence plates, explains the draw to DAVID TAN.

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When a tile’s not just a tile

Feruni Ceramiche says their new ActiveSurface tile is a real breakthrough as it mitigates against toxic emissions, is anti-microbial and has ionising effects too. MEK ZHIN reports.

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Budget a nudge in right direction

The recently unveiled Budget 2017 encourages small businesses to grow bigger and to look overseas in line with the integration of the Asean market and the coming global challenges. JOY LEE and LIM WING HOOI report.

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Young & on fire

At 19, he was a pasar malam trader. At 29, he’s running a health and beauty company with 100 products, 30,000 agents, a factory and a chain of 45 stores in the country. Meet Allif Syukri, the founder of D’Herbs Holdings.