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Vietnam’s Inaugural International Franchise & Business Opportunities Exhibition Opens in 2 Weeks

Singapore, 20 August 2014 – International Franchise & Business Opportunities (IFBO Vietnam), the much awaited first and only franchise and business opportunities trade exhibition in Vietnam, is opening in two weeks' time from 4 - 6 September at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Binh Exhibition & Convention Centre. The event is duly supported by Local Organiser, VCCI One Member Trade & Service Co. Ltd. 

Organised by BizLink Exhibition Services, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), IFBO Vietnam is conceptualised to place emphasis on bringing in quality brands and concepts for entrepreneurs, investors and franchising experts across various industries to forge new partnerships and seal business deals.
 
With brands and concepts from eleven countries (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Latvia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, Vietnam), many of which are entering the local Vietnamese market for the first time, this inaugural event is expected to draw entrepreneurs and investors looking to discover new business opportunities.
 
Internationally Renowned Brands at IFBO Vietnam

The exhibition will also act as the platform for internationally renowned brands such as SUBWAY®, ActionCOACH, etc. to expand their market share in Vietnam.  
 
According to Mr Ho Khai Weng, Franchise Sales Manager (Asia) for SUBWAY®, the brand is optimistic and is adopting a methodical approach towards the dynamic Food & Beverage industry in Vietnam. He said: “With decades of experience in franchising and F&B, and as the number one QSR brand in terms of locations, the company studies every market from a holistic viewpoint. We are very excited about the opportunities yet at the same time, prefer a well mapped-out and sustainable approach when entering the market.”
 
Other established brands from the region who will be participating include:
· Adam Khoo Learning Centre Pte Ltd
· Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd
· Best Fortune Co., Ltd
· Brainchecker Global Group Sdn Bhd
· Capital Strategic Group LLP
· Coffee Nowhere
· List Premier Education
· Q-dees 
· SoulKids®
· Spectos Asia Ltd
· SugarBun
· Sun Spark Group
· The Chicken Rice Shop
· The Manhattan Pizza Co.
· Thumbtech Marketing Pte Ltd
· TMJ Technical Pte. Ltd.
· U-WIN
· Vietnam Franchises Ltd
· World Franchise Associates
· and many others.

 Please refer to Annex A for details on selected participating brands.
 
Featuring Free Franchise Educational Talks

The exhibition will feature free seminars on franchising and legal aspects of doing business in Vietnam, with various experts sharing insights into their field of expertise, and providing a platform for knowledge exchange. 
 
The list of quality speakers includes:
· Mr Albert Kong, CFE, CMC, PMC; Chairman / CEO, Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd with more than 20 years of franchise experience.
· Mr Tuan Phung, Managing Partner, VCI Legal with over 20 years of experience, one of Vietnam’s renowned corporate lawyers. 
· Mr Troy Franklin, Chief Operating Officer (SEA), World Franchise Associates Ltd with more than 25 years of experience in senior executive positions in international franchising and business development.
· Mr Quach Minh Tri, Special Counsel, BMVN International LLC who assists multinational and local clients on executing franchising related matters in Vietnam.
 
The complete list of speakers and topics can be found at www.IFBO-Vietnam.com/educational-talks.  
 
In Singapore, BizLink Exhibition Services organises Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia), bringing together some 250 international brands and 10,000 potential investors annually.
 
Visitors looking to register for a free entry trade pass to IFBO 2014 Exhibition can visit www.IFBO-Vietnam.com/visitor-registration before 28 August 2014.



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


For more information, please contact: 


Melissa Teo (Ms)
Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd 
DID: 6848 5936 
HP: 9233 4926
Email: 
melissa@bizlink.com.sg

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1226 
Email: 
derorw@sph.com.sg

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 Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. 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.

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