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Doing business in Singapore

Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in Singapore to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Singapore
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Singapore company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Singapore
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

International Business Guide: Singapore
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.

Doing business in Singapore
Guide produced by Grant Thornton offering a profile of Singapore and covering regulatory environment, finance, conducting business, labour, financial reporting and audit, and tax. Published in August 2018.

Doing Business in Asia Pacific
Guide prepared by Moore Stephens member firms on doing business with or in this region, covering Singapore. It also provides useful information for those living and working in Singapore either temporarily or permanently. Published in May 2018.

Doing Business in Singapore
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of Singapore. Published in 2017.

Doing Business in Singapore
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. Published in December 2017.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Singapore page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

Singapore Business Federation
National organisation supporting trade, investment and industrial relations.

British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain and Singapore.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Singapore
Analysis of the business environment in Singapore, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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