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SPRING is calling for joint proposals from TACs that combine resources and expertise to drive capability upgrading for their SME members. Such partnerships can be through intra-industry collaboration, across multiple industries, or via a consortium where a larger TAC provides guidance and support to smaller TACs.

The Call-for-Proposal (CFP) has been extended to 30 November 2017. For more information, please click the Apply tab below.

Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) and LEAD+ Programme

The Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) and LEAD+ Programme enhances industry- and enterprise-competitiveness through Government partnerships with trade associations and chambers.

Jointly administered by SPRING Singapore and IE Singapore, the Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) programme is an industry development initiative aimed at improving industry competence and internationalisation. It achieves this through partnerships with trade associations and chambers (TACs) which are willing to take the lead in industry development and drive initiatives to improve the overall capabilities of local enterprises in their industries and capture opportunities overseas.

Under the LEAD programme, the Government supports TACs in their industry capability building and internationalisation efforts. Willing TACs that are ready to drive industry transformation are also supported in their internal upgrading needs through the Local Enterprise and Association Development Plus (LEAD+) programme.

Trade associations and chambers (TACs) can receive LEAD-support for industry development projects in areas such as:

  • Technology & Infrastructure: Initiatives that encourage enterprises to improve their capabilities and productivity by leveraging enterprise applications and relevant technology infrastructure to innovate and enhance their business operations. It includes the adoption of info-communication technology, development of technical standards and establishment of industry-wide infrastructure.
  • Expertise & Managerial Competence: Initiatives that develop overall industry expertise through training, learning circles and industry-wide certification. It will also cover development of the internal competencies of enterprises by upgrading manpower capabilities and developing managerial competence.
  • Business Collaboration: Initiatives that encourage associations and businesses to forge alliances and leverage mutual strengths through joint procurement, shared services and creation of joint market access.
  • Intelligence & Research: Initiatives that provide enterprises a deeper understanding of industry trends and requirements, so as to develop industry-specific solutions through comprehensive research based on sound market intelligence.
  • Advisory & Consultancy: Initiatives that promote industry-wide best practices and competence through industry-specific advisory clinics or industry sharing activities.

Click here for more information on TAC projects awarded LEAD funding in 2016.

Expansion of LEAD Programme


SPRING and IE will be expanding the LEAD Programme1 on two fronts:

Increasing Support for High Impact TAC Projects


An enhanced support level of up to 90% could be provided for cross industry collaboration projects involving several TACs from different industries, or consortium models where larger TACs step up to take the initiative to engage and support smaller TACs to work towards common outcomes. Support will be extended to projects that

(i) exhibit outcomes such as clear productivity enhancements to SMEs; (ii) are beneficial to a sizeable number of SMEs; or (iii) are innovative and able to transform sectors under the TACs.

TACs which are new to LEAD will be supported in internal capability upgrading projects, and at least one industry-level upgrading project for their industries.

Expanding our Reach to Engage More TACs


TACs that support key initiatives of the sectors under the 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) will be supported to drive industry upgrading and internationalisation efforts, as well as strengthen their secretariat capabilities.

Trade & Sub-Trade associations which are involved in industry development but may not fall under the ITM clusters, will be supported in productivity and internationalisation projects, strengthening basic secretariat processes and systems, and collaborating with larger TACs for relevant projects.

Precinct or community-based TACs will be supported for collaboration with partners, to enhance the impact of enterprise upgrading projects. This will enable them to aggregate and provide simple solutions for easy adoption by their members.

1 Announced as part of MTI-SPRING’s initiatives at the Committee of Supply (COS) 2017. For more information, click here for the factsheet.

Eligibility

LEAD is only applicable to Singapore industry associations, business associations and chambers of commerce, collectively known as trade association and chambers (TACs).

These TACs must also meet the following criteria:

  • Represent a key industry (i.e. an industry that contributes significantly to the economy, has good export potential and strong employment size)
  • Have a sizeable membership representing the industry
  • Have a strong track record in helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • The project(s) to be undertaken must not have commenced at the time of the application

With effect from 1 January 2017, TACs seeking LEAD support for consultancy-related costs under their industry development projects will have to engage management consultants who possess SPRING-recognised certification.

Click here for more information on SPRING-recognised certification for consultants.

Supportable Costs

Project costs eligible for LEAD funding support include:

  • Manpower-related costs: project members’ salaries, economy airfare and cost of living allowances
  • Equipment and materials: industrial equipment, materials and consumables, hardware and technical software required for the project
  • Professional services: consultancy and sub-contracting
  • Business development costs: participation or organisation of industry conferences
  • Intellectual property costs: licensing, royalties and technology acquisition costs

The LEAD+ programme aims to raise the competencies of trade associations and chambers (TACs) that are playing, or would like to play a significant role in sector transformation. Through LEAD+, these TACs may receive support for internal upgrading initiatives that would boost their capabilities to drive sector level upgrading projects more effectively.

The programme supports TACs’ internal upgrading initiatives in four areas that will enhance their capability to lead industry development efforts more effectively:

  • Strengthening TAC leadership (i.e. volunteer leadership)
  • Strengthening TAC management (i.e. full time secretariat)
  • Strengthening TAC processes
  • Creating new TAC services for higher value

Eligibility

LEAD+ supports TACs that are involved in driving sector-wide initiatives and plan to do even more, thereby requiring to build in-house capacity to take on the additional work.

Interested TACs would be required to demonstrate the leadership they play in leading industry transformation. Additionally, LEAD-Plus TACs would need to support SMEs to build capabilities and lead the development of industry-wide solutions for common challenges.

With effect from 1 January 2017, TACs seeking LEAD+ support for consultancy-related costs under their upgrading projects will have to engage management consultants who possess SPRING-recognised certification.

Click here for more information on SPRING-recognised certification for consultants.

Supportable Costs

LEAD+ provides support of up to 70% of qualifying cost on a reimbursement basis.

TACs may submit their LEAD proposal for industry capability building projects to SPRING Singapore, before embarking on the project. Project(s) to be undertaken must not have commenced at time of application.

A LEAD proposal should:

  • Exhibit a well-conceived industry roadmap and translation of this roadmap into projects for implementation
  • Detail the project’s contribution to the sector, such as potential revenue creation (local or overseas), value-add contribution to industry, job creation or the number of SMEs that will benefit
  • Indicate a willingness to co-share project costs
  • Explore opportunities for development and creation of markets and business opportunities
  • Comprise programmes to develop industry competence
  • Be open for participation by SMEs, including non-association members
  • Set out an implementation period not exceeding three years
 

Call-for-Proposal (CFP) for Multi-TAC projects

This CFP aims to invite joint proposals from TACs that combine resources and expertise to drive capability upgrading for their SME members. Such partnerships can be through intra-industry collaboration, across multiple industries, or via a consortium where a larger TAC provides guidance and support to smaller associations.

The Call-for-Proposal (CFP) has been extended to 30 November 2017.

Such proposals should:

  1. Demonstrate clear cross-TAC collaborative efforts in the co-creation and/ or development of solutions
  2. Result in the development of an industry solution for adoption by at least 200 SMEs
  3. Align to the relevant ITMs (if applicable)
  4. Lead to clear outcomes for SMEs, such as:
    1. Productivity Improvement (eg. time savings, increase in output)
    2. Manpower Savings
    3. Sales Increase (eg. revenue growth, number of new markets)

For full details on the CFP and application requirements, click here to indicate your interest.

Last Updated on : 23 Nov 2017

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