The Singapore Prize and SME Branding Awards

The Singapore prize is a set of awards given to individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the city-state. The award is presented annually by the Singapore government and is accompanied by a medal bearing the state emblem. The prize is open to both local and foreign residents of Singapore, as well as companies that are headquartered in the country. The medal is made of silver and features the state emblem on its obverse. The inscription reads “Singapore Prize”.

The SME Branding Awards, previously known as the SG 50 Branding Excellence Awards, is an annual competition that recognises small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore for their outstanding achievements in branding. This is done by evaluating their branding efforts, including their products and services, as well as the way they engage with consumers, and also examining how they are leveraging trends like digitalisation and generative artificial intelligence.

This year, the competition received more than 500 nominations. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony in May, and they will be presented with the prestigious Presidential Medal. The medal is made of silver and features a stylised roseette of undulating folds topped by a crescent and five stars on the obverse, with the State Arms on the reverse.

Britain’s Prince William took to the waters for a morning of dragon boating in Singapore on Monday ahead of activities for the annual Earthshot Prize awards, which promote solutions to the planet’s environmental threats. The Prince, who is in Singapore for the event, rowed along with athletes from the British Dragons club on Kallang river as he rowed to a beat. He was joined by other guests, such as entrepreneur and sports personality Vivian Chan, who is a co-founder of the event.

Prof Miksic was awarded the Singapore History Prize on Thursday, which is administered by the NUS Department of History. The award was introduced in 2014 as part of the SG50 programmes to celebrate Singapore’s anniversary, and is the first prize here that is devoted to the nation’s history. The panel of judges, which included NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow Kishore Mahbubani and historians Associate Professor Ian Gordon and Seng Guo Quan, selected Prof Miksic’s book over five others. Their decision was based on his work’s contribution to a “fundamental reinterpretation of Singapore’s pre-colonial history and its place in the Asian world”.