As part of our pro-enterprise and one-stop business facilitation initiative, ACRA has worked with various parties to provide integrated service for newly registered business entities. These business related services are available online via BizFile+. Some of these services include:
Application of licences
After successfully registering your business entity with ACRA, you may need to apply for a licence or permit before commencing business. You can apply for new licences through the GoBusiness Licensing portal (formerly known as the LicenceOne portal), a one-stop portal that allows business owners to apply for multiple licences simultaneously in a simplified application and payment process. Simply select the "Self-Service" feature to apply to the relevant authority.
If you are planning to start a business in the food and beverage sector, GoBusiness Licensing has launched a new Guided Journey feature, to guide you in identifying and applying for the required licences.
Visit GoBusiness Portal for more information.
Start Digital Pack
SMEs that are newly incorporated can subscribe to any two digital solutions at no cost under these categories – Accounting, HR Management System & Payroll, Digital Marketing, Digital Transactions and Cybersecurity – for a minimum of six months, with a contract period of at least 18 months. The Start Digital Pack is a joint initiative by IMDA and Enterprise Singapore under the SMEs Go Digital Programme.
DashBod by SMECEN
DashBod is a cloud-based integrated software that provides Accounting with Statutory Reporting features and Human Resources modules. With built-in regulatory compliance features, SMEs can easily prepare and file on time with ACRA, IRAS and CPF. Dashbod is a PEPPOL Access Point and can issue Peppol invoices, the national e-invoicing framework that can increase productivity and improve cash flow for SMEs. DashBod HR features a full suite of epayroll, eleave, eclaims.
DashBod is developed by SMECEN, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME). Visit the DashBod website for more information.
Activation of Customs account
ACRA has collaborated with Singapore Customs to make it easier for business entities that wish to engage in trading activities to activate their Customs Account. New traders can use the UEN Custom Accounts to apply for import, export, or trans-shipment permits or certificates through TradeNet®.
You can register for Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) via BizFile+. In most cases, registering for GST is compulsory if the turnover of an entity exceeds $1 million for a continuous period of 12 months OR when the person operating the business reasonably expects the turnover to exceed $1 million for the next 12 months.
Registration of SMS Sender ID
Organisations that wish to send SMS messages with alphanumeric Sender IDs to Singapore mobile subscribers must first register their Sender IDs with the SMS Sender ID Registry (SSIR). This is to protect Singapore mobile subscribers from fraudulent SMS messages that spoof organisations' Sender IDs. All non-registered Sender IDs will be replaced with the label "Likely-SCAM", so as to alert the recipient to be more vigilant of the SMS message.
If your company is currently sending SMS messages with alphanumeric Sender IDs to Singapore mobile subscribers, please register your Sender ID(s) at https://smsregistry.sg to avoid any disruption to your SMS communications with your customers.
For more information on SMS Sender ID registration, please contact the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) at email@example.com or visit its website at https://www.sgnic.sg.
Registration of trade mark
You can register for a trade mark with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) via BizFile+. A trade mark is a sign that you can use to distinguish your business’ goods or services from those of other traders.
It can be represented graphically in the form of your company’s name or logo.
Application of Central Provident Fund Submission Number
If you intend to hire employees, you will require a CPF Submission Number (CSN) to make monthly Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions for them. You can apply for a CSN with the CPF Board via BizFile+.
Subscription to GeBIZ Alerts
You can sign up for the GeBIZ Alerts service via BizFile+. GeBIZ Alerts is an e-service offered by Enterprise Singapore which updates subscribers on the latest Government procurement opportunities posted on the Government Electronic (GeBIZ) portal, based on their preferences.
Subscription to SME Portal Newsletter
The SME Portal is the first stop for Singapore SME owners and aspiring entrepreneurs looking for information, tools and services that can help them build sustainable and competitive businesses. It is a multi-agency initiative managed by Enterprise Singapore. You can subscribe to the SME Portal Newsletter via BizFile+ to get updates on the latest business insights.
Opening a corporate bank account
You can apply for a corporate bank account with ANEXT Bank, Bank of China, CIMB, DBS Bank, Maybank, OCBC Bank, State Bank of India or UOB via BizFile+ immediately after registration.