Greendot's secret to getting foreign worker quota
One of the biggest problems F&B businesses face is manpower shortage. Hiring foreign workers has become a necessity, but it is increasingly hard to do so because of stricter quotas. How do you ensure you have enough Singaporean employees to hire the foreign staff you need?
Cheryl Tay is the editor and marketer at iCHEF Singapore. She also manages iCHEF Club, a growing community of F&B owners in Singapore – organising events, an online newsletter and the F&B Entrepreneur Bootcamp, the only regular workshop on opening a new restaurant in the country. In her spare time, she attempts to read every book that’s ever won a literary prize and watches cat videos. Like any proper Singaporean, her love for food runs deep – especially spicy food. Chili is life.
Instagram increasingly influences not just menus, but also restaurant design.
Dirty Bones, a London restaurant, designed its fourth outlet with Instagram in mind – both in terms of its menu and decor. There are neon signs with Instagrammable quotes like “Good vibes only”, “Keeping it real” and “It was all a dream”. Diners can even ask the staff for an “Instagram Pack”, which contains a portable LED camera light, a multi-device charger, lip-on wide angle camera lens and a tripod selfie stick.
Just before the conversion to LiHo, Gong Cha Singapore was worth about $30 million in revenue annually – so competition to be the next franchisee of Gong Cha would undoubtedly be fierce. According to the Straits Times, Mr Kim Soomin, a partner at Unison Capital, stated that they have had "multiple enquiries since the news broke, from potential business partners ranging from individuals to food and beverage companies that already have business operations in Singapore and some financial investors too."
The only workshop for F&B in Singapore that will give you an overview of what it takes to get halal certification, and walk you through the steps in the process.
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The menu is your restaurant's spokesperson.
How well can your menu really sell? It's ultimately the key to your restaurant's profitability. Learn the science behind designing your menu to promote the highest sales possible.
Everyone knows that the key to making profit in the F&B business is high revenue while keeping operating costs low. By now you probably already know which costs are fixed (rent, for instance) and which costs you can actually control on a month-to-month basis. These are known as Prime Cost (total cost of goods sold + total labour cost) or variable costs.
Learn why other F&B businesses have made losses in their first few years of operations and how you can prevent it from happening to yours.
Third in our series of bootcamps, this is an advanced version for serious F&B entrepreneurs looking to open their outlet within 6 months. Whether it’s your first time opening an F&B outlet or second, if you want to learn about essential digital marketing for food businesses, this workshop is for you.
If your goal is to expand beyond one outlet, understanding your business’ needs at different points in time is crucial.
The challenges you’ll face at each stage of your business growth are very different. While it is tempting to work on things like optimising workflow or reducing food cost, they may not necessarily be what requires your attention most at that time. This article gives an overview of the problems faced by F&B businesses at each stage and suggestions on the type of POS system that can help to counter them.