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Thursday September 21st 2017

Bak Kut Teh owner looking for partnership from Singaporeans

Hi Gilbert,

I applaud you for your effort to help the unemployed and underemployed Singaporeans with your support site. I am a Singaporean and I will like to help fellow Singaporeans.

A quick background, we have been hawkers since 1989 and our specialty is Bak Kut Teh. Recently, we have started to consider ways to expand our business.

The obvious way is for us to employ “foreign talents” to run stalls for us all over Singapore. However, we realized that the existing policies do not allow us to take this route.

We understand this could be the government’s aim to offer such employment opportunities to Singaporeans first.

From our many years of hiring experience having employed both local and foreign helpers, we have observed that local helpers either tend to lack motivation or that the motivated ones tend to want to venture out on their own after a while.

From a business owner’s point of view, this poses great challenges in attracting and retaining talented local helpers.

After some deliberation, we came up with a collaborative arrangement which we think is a win-win situation for everyone.

Running a hawker food stall is one of many small businesses a Singaporean can do, and like any business, carries a fair amount of risk. We also understand that not many Singaporeans would have the adequate skills and experience to ensure that their stall will take off right from the start.

Our aim is to empower individual Singaporeans to start their own stalls and improve their likelihood of success in such a way that they would be able to make a profit from the first month to feed their family.

Instead of going to an academy to learn how to cook and pouring a huge amount of capital to set up a stall, we will help potential candidates set up a stall in a place of their choice, and provide all necessary fittings like stall furniture, signboard and utensils.

One condition is that the candidate must buy all the raw ingredients from us and we will train the candidate to cook and sell BKT. Effectively, the candidate is running his/her own stall and has full ownership of the business.

He/She will take the full profit from the stall and the cost to them is only a small markup on the price of the raw ingredients, which we charge for processing of the raw ingredients, e.g. chopping the meat into pieces suitable for sale, mixing the necessary sauces, etc.

An email is not enough to fully explained our idea.

I hope to reach out to Singaporeans who have lost their jobs and are interested to start a small business of their own. I understand that you are in contact with your readers who are struggling to get a job. I hope you can help to pass this message of opportunity to those that you think are suitable.

If you or any of your readers need further clarification, I will be glad to meet up and discuss further.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,
Koon

Editor’s note: I have met up with the business owner and interested parties can email gilbert@transitioning.org so I can register your interest with Mr Koon. Transitioning.org has no business interest in this laision and our role is merely as middleman. Interested parties also need to do their own due diligence when going into the partnership deal and we are not responsible for any complication in any business dealings.

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One Response to “Bak Kut Teh owner looking for partnership from Singaporeans”

  1. mark says:

    Interesting concept. I’ve been learning more and more about singapore the more I read in blogs like this one.

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