NTUC opens new centres in the CBD

NTUC is reaching out to white-collar workers in the central business district with the opening of two new centres there.

NTUC Income's Raffles Client Advisory Centre at Collyer Quay will help customers with financial planning and protection needs.

And NTUC Foodfare @ Clifford Centre, it's 16th Foodfare outlet, was officially opened on Wednesday. It has 16 stalls and a drink counter selling items at prices comparable with those at hawker centres and foodcourts.

Speaking at the opening of both outlets, NTUC Enterprise chairman Lim Boon Heng said cost of living issues were a major concern for white-collar workers.

"They refer to themselves as the sandwiched class, trapped between the wealthier group that have the means to meet their needs, and their lower-wage counterparts, who are helped by Workface Income Supplement and other assistance programmes."

The latest Raffles Client Advisory Centre is the sixth client advisory centre set up so far, and the first in the CBD. Other centres are in Jurong, Woodlands, Tampines, Ang Mo Kio and Bras Basah.

NTUC Income chief executive Ken Ng said it is already serving the heartland well, with each centre seeing about 200 to 300 customers daily.

He said there was no distinct difference between the needs of white-collar workers and those served in the heartland. "All people need to protect their families; they need to save for retirement, or for a rainy day. We also provide motor insurance and travel insurance. Generally, we see that needs are the same."

NTUC Foodfare is expected to open three more outlets this year, at the Sports Hub, the future FairPrice Hub in Benoi Road and The Seletar Mall in Sengkang.

On NTUC Enterprise's aim to be sustainable while pumping profits back into business, Mr Lim said it will have to be efficient, raise productivity and have scale.

NTUC Income customer Tan Chye Eng, 68, who was at the Raffles centre on Wednesday, said she had insurance queries regarding her children and grandchildren. Her 38-year-old son, who works in Raffles Place as an IT manager, is due to visit the outlet today, she said, adding: "This place is convenient for us."


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