KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 (Bernama) — United Overseas Bank Malaysia Bhd (UOB Malaysia) has launched the Business Circle in Malaysia to help prepare the next generation leaders of Asia’s family-led firms to run their businesses and fast track growth.

The bank said the Business Circle now has a community of more than a thousand family-run businesses, from large corporates to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the region, including Malaysia. The initiative was first introduced in Singapore in 2019 and Thailand in 2023. 

UOB Malaysia chief executive officer Ng Wei Wei said family businesses constitute over 60 per cent of publicly listed companies and an even larger share of private companies in ASEAN, and they play a pivotal role in driving Malaysia’s and the region’s continued economic growth.

“As members of the Business Circle, participants will gain exclusive access to knowledge exchange, region-wide networking opportunities for potential collaborations, and tailor-made financial support from the bank,” she said in a statement today.

“With the Business Circle, we aim to leverage UOB’s extensive regional footprint and expertise to provide Malaysia’s next generation leaders of family-led firms with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking across borders and industries.

“This is to ensure that the younger generations have the right knowledge, capabilities and connections to bring their businesses to greater heights,” she added.

Ng said the heads or founders of family businesses want to ensure that their successors are equipped to drive growth and sustainability, navigate challenges while maintaining the legacy of the business.

“The Business Circle initiative gives their next generation leaders the exclusive opportunity to learn from successful business leaders as well as to connect with local and regional peers who are on the same path as them,” she added.




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