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Relocating a Small Business from UK to Singapore

Post by ChrisITA » Tue, 10 Jan 2012 6:12 pm

Hi Guys

My wife has been offered a job in Singapore and has accepted. Good news!

Apparently as a spouse I have a visa that allows me to work in Singapore. At the moment though I run a small business in the UK. Essentially its a micro-business as I actually spend most of my time looking after our three year old son and run it in my spare time. Its just starting to turn into something quite promising though and I'm loathe to give it up

I need to know:

1. is it possible to relocate a small (pretty much entirely mail order/ online) business to singapore on a spouse visa?

2. I have a reasonable stock of items (which I actually design and manufacture) Where do I need to contact about doing this, and finding out about the import implications/ possible tax breaks?

3. Does anyone know where I can find out about taxes on small businesses?

Essentially I've had a good look at this and that online, but its all phone numbers to contact. Given the amount of info I need I'm looking for enquiries email addresses where I can send these questions for govermnet bodies in Singapore

Many thanks

Chris
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Post by nutnut » Tue, 10 Jan 2012 7:18 pm

In short, you can get a Dependants pass, sponsored by your wives company. You can only work if your employer requests a letter of consent from MOM (ministry of man power) or you get your own employment pass from an employer or you apply for an Entrepass (Entrepreneur pass).

There is plenty of stuff on the forum in regards to this kind of thing, have a read around and look on the mom webpage and you'll find what you need.
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Post by ChrisITA » Tue, 10 Jan 2012 7:24 pm

Thanks for that

However, I don't have an employer, I'm self employed.

Chris

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Post by beppi » Wed, 11 Jan 2012 1:54 am

Being self-employed is only possible on an Entrepass.
Search the forum, but be prepared it'sd not easy to get.

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Post by ChrisITA » Wed, 11 Jan 2012 3:55 am

Thanks guys

I've contacted ACRA and MOM to get the ball rolling

Chris

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 11 Jan 2012 7:54 am

Read the threads in the business forum about starting a business on a dependents pass.

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Post by carteki » Wed, 11 Jan 2012 1:31 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Read the threads in the business forum about starting a business on a dependents pass.
^^^ +1

The topic actually is incorporating a company on a dependents pass.
Beppi wrote:Being self-employed is only possible on an Entrepass.
Search the forum, but be prepared it'sd not easy to get.
This is not the case here.

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Post by Mi Amigo » Thu, 12 Jan 2012 2:38 pm

Perhaps this thread is relevant?

http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic75000.html
Be careful what you wish for

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Post by ChrisITA » Tue, 17 Jan 2012 9:04 pm

Thanks guys!

I have more questions, but perhaps the best person to ask is the now successful Leslie.... :)

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Post by kimito » Sat, 21 Jan 2012 4:33 am

Chris,

Aside from the need to register your business, I can help answer some questions you may have on points 2 &3, if you still need help, you can pm me.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Sat, 21 Jan 2012 6:37 am

kimito wrote:Chris,

Aside from the need to register your business, I can help answer some questions you may have on points 2 &3, if you still need help, you can pm me.
We much prefer that questions and answers be posted on the board for the benefit of all.

And since you have just joined, if you make any attempt to solicit business via your PM's you will be banned.

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