This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
Although French couple Manon and Bastien Allano admit they were concerned about everything from language barriers to being “ready on time” to open their first EstheClinic in Singapore in April 2015, they’ve managed to “create a brand identity attractive for both locals and expats”.
They now operate three branches of this thoroughly modern aesthetic clinic, which provides beauty solutions such as permanent hair removal and skincare treatments, founded by Manon’s father 15 years ago in France.
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In Singapore, they like to follow local traditions. “For every branch opening, we roll a pineapple through the main door to bring prosperity to our company.” (Pineapple is “Ong Lai” in the Hokkien dialect, which is the homonym for “welcoming prosperity”.)
P.S. Take note of where the pineapple stops – it’s said to be your fortune position!
What’s their best tip for other would-be expatpreneurs? “Try to meet the most people and entrepreneurs you can meet when you arrive in Singapore. It’s very helpful to understand the country and its rules and regulations in business,” recommends the pair, who adds that sharing their companies’ success is “great for [their] relationship.”
Plus, “Singapore is great for entrepreneurs!” they share. “Laws are easier than in France.”
Back there, Bastien was a Microsoft engineer, while Manon joined her family’s business “fresh out of business school.”
The couple make time for family and leisure activities in their expat life in Singapore, too.
New mum Manon says she enjoys sewing for their little girl, Charlie. Bastien is an aviation buff.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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