Due to its position on the equator, Singapore is hot and humid all year round.

Dress codes in business reflect the climatic conditions and tend to be more informal than in many Western countries or even other Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.

Thus men will often wear shirt and trousers with no tie (jackets are not usually worn.) Colours can be lighter than the dark blues and greys of the UK and Japan.

Women tend to wear lightweight business suits. Accessories should be of good quality but not overly ostentatious.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Singapore

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Singapore. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Singapore and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips