THE ES­TAB­LISHED BUSI­NESS­MAN AND THE START-UP FOUNDER

Low Cheong Yew and Ch­eryl Gan are both en­trepreneurs with suc­cess­ful brands but har­ness dif­fer­ent work­ing styles to build their busi­nesses

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You might say an en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit con­nects the Lows. Husband Low Cheong Yew is co­founder of home im­prove­ment chain Home-Fix DIY while wife Ch­eryl Gan is the founder of aro­mather­apy and spa prod­ucts brand Hysses.

CY, as he is known by his in­ner cir­cle, has been in this tra­di­tional trade for 23 years. Con­versely, Ch­eryl adopts a start-up mind­set to­wards Hysses, which she re­cently re­branded from Mt. Sap­ola. No won­der the cou­ple, who have been mar­ried for 15 years, ap­proach their busi­nesses dif­fer­ently.

How­ever, draw­ing on each other’s strengths has ben­e­fit­ted them both tremen­dously. CY’s years of ex­pe­ri­ence have helped Ch­eryl avoid pit­falls that grow­ing busi­nesses of­ten face. “He has al­ways been the more or­gan­ised and struc­tured one—set­ting up pro­ce­dures and struc­tures can seem so re­dun­dant and time­con­sum­ing in the be­gin­ning! But I’ve come to see the huge value this brings to my busi­ness which has been able to grow quickly as a re­sult.”

Con­versely, CYY takesk in­spi­ra­tioniii ffrom Ch­eryl’s hands-on ap­proach. He says, “Ch­eryl has a strong will­ing­ness to jump in to solve a prob­lem even if she has to roll up her sleeves and pick up some­thing new from scratch. That sense of per­se­ver­ance and de­ter­mi­na­tion in­spires me, and it is some­thing I have in­cor­po­rated into my ap­proach to work.”

Their dif­fer­ences also bring greater tex­ture to their per­sonal time. CY of­ten ac­com­pa­nies Ch­eryl on work trips as he can af­ford time away from the of­fice. He says, “I get to visit outof-the-norm places, such as ru­ral vil­lages and plan­ta­tions, which are in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and even learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for me.”

As for Ch­eryl, she makes the ef­fort to en­sure CY gets to in­dulge in his in­ter­ests when he trav­els with her. “I may not be a foodie, but CY loves eat­ing so our trips al­ways in­clude lots of food-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. Ul­ti­mately, we try to strike a bal­ance to en­sure that we both get to do what we like.”

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