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SPH launches bilingual portal for local SMEs

Singapore, 10 April 2017 – Starting Tuesday 11 April, Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) will launchsgsme.sg (www.sgsme.sg) – a bilingual portal built for Singapore’s SME owners and entrepreneurs.

Curating content from across the group’s English and Chinese publications and portals, 
sgsme.sg aims to be a news-driven repository of information and knowledge for local SMEs; a single site serving up a spread of SME-related news, analyses, features and interviews from The Business Times, The SME Magazine (distributed every two months with The Business Times), The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, zaobao.sg, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News.

SMEs contribute about half of Singapore’s GDP growth and two-thirds of employment, and will be a key engine of future growth and competitiveness. Hence, beyond the news, 
sgsme.sg aims to build a community of SMEs.

To that end, 
sgsme.sg presents Just Ask 敢敢问 as a unique platform for all in Singapore’s SME community to ask questions and offer responses on any topic of relevance to their businesses. Its goal is to connect SME owners and entrepreneurs to specialised service providers, government agencies, trade associations and all others with an interest in the SME scene.

Those with questions can expect the wisdom of the crowd to be supplemented with credible responses from a panel of experts across accounting, legal, banking, regulatory and other business fields. By linking those in need of knowledge to those who have it, Just Ask 敢敢问 aims to become a vibrant marketplace of ideas, insights and information on Singapore’s small businesses landscape. Questions and responses may be posted in English or Chinese, and will be reviewed for relevance and accuracy.


To keep up-to-date with the latest SME news, events and what’s happening on Just Ask 敢敢问, users can sign up for
sgsme.sg Digest – a free email newsletter that will be sent out twice a week. Subscribers will also be the first to know about the launch of sgsme.sg’s SME Club  – which will offer paid membership for privileges such as invitations to exclusive events.

Alternatively, users can follow 
sgsme.sg on Facebook (@sgsme.sg) and Twitter (@sgsmesg) for regular updates.

"SMEs constantly seek information and knowledge to get ahead, but are often pressed for time. With 
sgsme.sg, content relevant to local SMEs from seven English and Chinese editorial products, is pulled into a single website. We hope this gives SMEs easy access to policy announcements, business trends, interviews, expert commentaries, videos and other insights, that will help them grow their businesses," said sgsme.sg Editor (Chinese) Shen Yue of the Chinese Media Group Digital.

"sgsme.sg also aims to build an online community of local SMEs and the entrepreneurs behind them. The Just Ask discussion board will be a starting point for this, as business owners share knowledge, and hear from experts, service providers, policymakers and others. Such a community, we hope, will empower SMEs to collaborate and pursue bolder growth ambitions, to the benefit of the wider Singapore economy," said sgsme.sg Editor (English) Teh Shi Ning of The Business Times.

The portal’s fully responsive design allows for easy reading on all web browsers and devices (desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones).


The main English sections of the site are:

- News - News updates, analysis, features and interviews that are relevant to SMEs
- Money - Content on SME banking and financing, new products on the market targeted at SMEs, and other money matters
- Government - All changes in government policies that might affect SMEs, including grants, loans and other schemes.
- SME Interviews - Profiles and features of SME owners and entrepreneurs.

- Awards - Business awards such as the Emerging Enterprise Award
- Events - Listing of SME-related events
- Just Ask - Q&A board

The main Chinese sections of the site are:

- 最新消息 - Latest news
- SME专访 - SME Interviews
- 老板生意经 - Towkay Interviews
- 专家讲堂 - Expert views
- SME百宝箱 - SME Treasure Chest
- 奖项 - Awards

- 活动 - Events
敢敢问 - Q&A board

Enclosed - Chinese version of the media release


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E


Yeo Siew Chi (Mr) 
Corporate Communications & CSR Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1586
Email: 
yeosc@sph.com.sg


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd


Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor;
 the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3 and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd). 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, 
zaobao.sgzaobao.com and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. 
(
* Nielsen Media Index 2016, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like 
hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format digital screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.


Other Businesses

Online Classifieds

SPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds, Trezo), sgCarMart and StreetSine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classifieds business has a number of leading online classifieds sites in the region.


Events and Exhibitions

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 


Education

SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg.