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Country pavilions from Japan and Taiwan to make inaugural appearance at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2012!

Singapore, 29 October 2012 – Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia) 2012, Asia’s most international event for Entrepreneurship, Business Opportunities & Intellectual Property Rights,will take place from 1 to 3 November at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands. Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of National Development, will be gracing the opening ceremony of the exhibition on 1 November. 

Into its seventh edition, FLAsia 2012 will welcome two first ever country pavilions from Japan and Taiwan, with exhibit profiles ranging from Franchise Suppliers/ Retail Equipment & Technologies to Real Estate/ Shopping Malls and Food & Beverages. Other country pavilions from Korea, United States of America and Singapore are also set to shine, housing world renowned promising brands and business concepts.

In total, FLAsia 2012 will welcome 217 international exhibitors and brands (a 17% increase from last year) from Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam, amongst others, representing a diverse range of industries such as Senior Care Services/ Homecare Services, Food & Beverages, Health & Wellness, Adult/ Children Education, Cleaning & Environmental Services/ Maintenance Services.
 
Mr. Winston Lim, General Manager, BizLink Exhibition Services, said: “International exhibitors have been widely-received by visitors looking for investment opportunities and is a strong testament to the growth of FLAsia – which prides itself on being the most international and successful franchising and licensing trade exhibition in Asia. This year, we are excited to welcome the inaugural Japan and Taiwan pavilions, providing visitors with even more entrepreneurship and business opportunities."
 
Visitors will also benefit from insightful and informative sessions conducted by exhibitors at the complimentary on-floor sessions of Educational Talks and Hot-Match Presentations. Schedules for these sessions are available at http://franchiselicenseasia.com/educational-talks.htmland http://franchiselicenseasia.com/hot-match.html
 
Running in conjunction with the main FLAsia event is the one-and-a-half-day FLAsia International Conference and Workshop. Aspiring franchisees will learn about the world of franchising, with a focus on the Asian market. Industry experts representing brands like Subway, Delifrance, CrestClean and la Tagliatella will give an overview on today's franchise market and opportunities in the region. The full programme details are available athttp://franchiselicenseasia.com/international-conference-overview.html
 
To register for a free entry trade pass to FLAsia 2012 Exhibition, please visithttp://franchiselicenseasia.com/visitor-registration.php
 
For a full list of participating exhibitors and brands at FLAsia 2012, visit http://www.franchiselicenseasia.com/list-of-exhibitors-brands.html

Media Invitation


We cordially invite you and your photographer / videographer to cover the opening ceremony of the FLAsia 2012.

Date: 
1 Nov, Thursday
Time:
 9.30am - 11.30am
Venue:
 Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall B
Guest-of-Honour: 
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of National Development

Programme


9.45am Guests to be seated

10.00am Arrival of Guest-of-Honour

10.10am Welcome remarks by Ms Karen Eidsvik, Chairman, Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore)

10.20am Opening address by Guest-of-Honour

10.30am Official opening

10.40am Tour of exhibition, followed by tea reception

11.25am End of event

To RSVP, please contact Mr Gary Yeo at garyyeo@sph.com.sg or 6319 1225 latest byWednesday, 31 Oct, 4pm.


For more information, please contact:


Mr Glendon Cheok
Executive Director
Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore)
DID: 6333 0281 
Email: glendon@flasingapore.org

Ms Melissa Teo
Marketing Executive
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd 
DID: 6848 5936 / 9233 4926
Email: melissa@bizlink.com.sg

Mr Gary Yeo
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1225
Email: garyyeo@sph.com.sg
 
About Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) (FLA)
Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) (FLA), started as Singapore's national franchise body. It was one of the founding members of the World Franchise Council. FLA, formerly known as Singapore International Franchise Association (SIFA), was established in 1993 with the mission to nurture and develop Singapore's franchise industry.
Heeding the Singapore Government's call to move towards a knowledge- based economy; coupled with the increasing synergy between Franchising, Branding and Technology Licensing, the Association has taken the initiative of enlarging the membership representation and scope of the Association to include companies engaged in Branding and Technology Licensing.
Promoting Singapore as a franchise hub and coupled with members' common objective of business growth and expansion through franchising and licensing formats, the Association seeks to continually promote the platforms of Entrepreneurship and Internationalism in the industry.
 
Promoting the use of franchising, licensing and branding as a growth strategy for Singapore enterprises, FLA works with its members to upgrade professionalism and self-regulate, thus enhancing and protecting the image of franchising, branding and licensing. This is achieved through education programmes as well as platforms for exchanging ideas & exploring areas for co-operation.
 
FLA through its partnership with government agencies and national franchise and licensing bodies in other countries also assist members in their international marketing programs.
 
About BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd is Singapore’s leading exhibition organiser in the fields of gifts and premiums, stationery and office supplies, and also in the sector of franchising and licensing.
A forward-thinking organisation with a dynamic team having over 30 years of collective experience in exhibition organising and management, BizLink Exhibition Services works in tandem with its clients and is fully committed to providing utmost quality services to its exhibitors, delivering exceptional results.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd


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

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting

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. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.

Properties

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.