Friday, 24 June 2016

TelBru to upgrade RBC’s human resource management system

2016-06-24 ROYAL Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd (RBC) has hired Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) to upgrade the catering company’s human resource management system. TelBru, in a statement, said that the new Human Resource Management System (HRMS) will replace RBC’s...

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Getting health certification too complicated

2016-06-23 VENDORS renting cubes are facing difficulties in doing business as they find health requirements for cosmetic products and food items too complicated to follow. Several vendors interviewed by The Brunei Times said getting a permit can be time...

Homegrown fastfood chain helps boost tourism sector

2016-06-23 HOMEGROWN fastfood chain Ideal Café and Grill’s collaboration with a local travel operator has helped bring in more tourists to the sultanate. Ideal’s General Manager Norizmah Yang Berhormat Haji Awang Ahmad Morshidi said Anthony Tours and Travel...

May CPI up by 0.3% on higher prices of textile, home appliances

2016-06-23 BRUNEI’S consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.3 per cent in May compared to the previous month owing to higher prices of textiles and home appliances, the Department of Economic Planning and Development reported (JPKE) yesterday. In its monthly...

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Local biz finds GMP certification costly

2016-06-22 THE HIGH cost of obtaining international food safety certification remains a barrier for local food businesses wanting to penetrate overseas markets. A number of homegrown businesses and food manufacturers told The Brunei Times recently that their...

Follow health guidelines, cube store owners told

2016-06-22 CUBE store operators in Brunei were told to be vigilant on their vendors’ products, particularly food and cosmetics, and ensure that they are safe for public consumption. Yesterday, a Public Health Officer from the Food Safety and Quality Control...

SME development crucial in diversifying local economy

2016-06-22 THE need for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to grow out of the local markets into the international arena is more urgent than ever before. SME development is part of the national agenda to diversify its economy away from the oil and gas...

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Malaysian street food franchise expands into Belait

2016-06-21 MALAYSIAN food franchise Roti Bakar Teloq Meleleh (RBTM) has recently expanded to Belait, with a 22-year-old Lumut resident the latest to invest in the low cost pop-up kiosk. Abdul Baqi Ezam Hj Abd Rahim spent $2,500 to register as a RBTM seller...

Student-run startup eyes partnership with tour operators

2016-06-21 A STUDENT-RUN tour startup is seeking collaboration with Brunei tour operators to help promote its geological site tour services. Neogene Geotourism, a travel firm specialising in educational tours to the country’s geologicial sites, is currently...

Ramadhan stalls organiser wants to run first Jerudong beach night market

2016-06-21 A RAMADHAN bazaar organiser expressed interest to upgrade the venue at Jerudong beach into a daily night market if there is good reception from customers during the fasting month. “Hopefully the plan to set up a night market here pulls through as...

BruneiHalal seeks tie-up with more local SMEs

2016-06-21 LOCAL brand BruneiHalal is looking to partner up with more Bruneian small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to expand the variety of products under the brand. Dr Nur Rahman, CEO of Ghanim International Corporation, said BruneiHalal has other companies in...

Monday, 20 June 2016

How to prepare financially for your retirement

2016-06-20 FOR the most of us with working lives, we generally have aspirations and goals with regards to our personal financial goals which includes retirement. Perhaps, you may have even envisioned the freedom that comes in the post-working world whether...

From banking to barbershop

2016-06-20 AZHAR Ahmadkhan took a huge leap of faith by leaving the banking profession to pursue his dream of having his own business. The former banker, who now owns ‘modern classic’ themed barbershop Chaps & Rebels, had many failed attempts before he...

Hotels’ take on improving tourism in Brunei

2016-06-20 HOTELS play a significant role in the development of the tourism industry. However, a low occupancy rate can hurt the hotel business, and this has been the case for Brunei where tourist arrivals are not among the highest in the region. Recently...

Customers glam up ahead of Hari Raya

2016-06-20 ONLINE personal shoppers are enjoying brisk business as customers rush to buy their cosmetics ahead of the Hari Raya festivities. Norhamizah Zaiman, owner of Luscious.Zlicious on Instagram, said orders have been rising in recent weeks, with...

Malaysian fashion entrepreneurs keen to tap Brunei market

2016-06-20 SEVERAL Malaysian fashion entrepreneurs are keen to tap the growing market for Muslim wear in the sultanate. These entrepreneurs were in Brunei recently to join the Kuala Lumpur International Hijab Fair (KLIHF) 2016 and look for local distributors...

New agreement to streamline food testing process in ASEAN

2016-06-20 THE ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA) is hoping the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on food hygiene system among ASEAN countries will streamline the testing process for food exports. Dr Siti N Abdul Malek (pictured), director at the AFBA...

Orchid Garden Hotel eyes long-term tenants

2016-06-20 ORCHID Garden Hotel (OGH) plans to convert some of its floors into rental apartments to increase occupancy. OGH’s General Manager Shamsul Bahrin Pehin Dato Hj Ahmad said they will convert the upscale hotel’s third and fourth floors into rental...

The Capital Residence Suites charts out expansion plans

2016-06-20 THE Capital Residence Suites, one of Brunei’s pioneer hotels, is expanding its premises to accommodate the growing number of foreign guests. Abd Rani Siteh, the hotel’s general manager, said the new nine-storey building, which will be constructed...

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Startup promotes local geological sites

2016-06-18 LOCAL travel startup Neogene Geotourism is keen on tapping Brunei’s unexplored geographical landscapes to boost the local tourism industry. Neogene’s Chief Executive Officer Aishah Helena Sharif said the startup is developing educational tours for...