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Singapore franchise scene heats up this October

Singapore, 14 October 2014 – Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia) 2014 is the largest showing yet. Held from 16 – 18 October 2014 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 1 Hall B & C, the 9th annual edition is 20 per cent larger in terms of exhibition space, and welcomes a record number of 313 international franchises and brands, from 22 countries all over the world. 

Minister of State Teo Ser Luck will open FLAsia – the International Event for Entrepreneurship, Business Opportunities & Intellectual Property Rights in Asia. FLAsia is presented by Franchising and Licensing Association (FLA) Singapore, and organised by BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

Aptly themed “Entrepreneurship through Franchising”, visitors with an entrepreneurial appetite can make full use of this 3-day event to meet as many leading franchisors as they can, all under one roof.

This tremendous growth and many firsts at FLAsia are aimed at providing an enriching time for individuals seeking business and investment opportunities. Highlights include:


· South Korea will present their largest pavilion to date with 22 Korean franchising brands in the Beauty & Wellness, Education and F&B categories.

· Largest Malaysia Pavilion showcasing 7 brands in the Fashion, Beauty & Wellness and F&B categories, supported by the Malaysia Franchise Association, Franchise Malaysia, and Perbadanan Nasional Berhad.

· First Japan Zone showcasing 12 different high-quality F&B brand concepts (Sushi Chain, Ramen, Yakitori, Tempura, Teppan-yaki, etc.)

· Great interest of Europe brands this year, with 20 brands from Latvia, Portugal, France, UK, etc.

· A book launch and 4 individual Memorandum of Understandings will be signed by exhibitors. See Annex A for details of the MoU Signing Ceremony and Book Launch at FLAsia 2014.


A total of 42 different exhibit categories will be represented, including Education, F&B, Beauty, Health & Wellness, Fashion, Cleaning & Environmental Services, Retail Equipment & Technologies and Gifts & Stationery etc. See Annex B for details interesting brand concepts at FLAsia 2014.

For a wholesome franchising experience, visitors are encouraged to participate in the International Conference & Workshop on 17 & 18 October featuring keynote speaker Joel Silverstein, President of East West Hospitality Group Limited on the topic “Franchising in Asia – Secrets of Success”, Hugh Gyton, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Anytime Fitness on “How to Recruit Solid Franchisees and Continue to Make Them Profitable and Satisfied” and Yew Woon Chooi, Partner of Rodyk & Davidson LLP on “Legal Aspects of Franchising”.

View the schedule at: http://enews.franchiselicenseasia.com/2014/FLAsiaConferenceWorkshop/schedule.html 

Visitors who have only just begun their franchise research will find the free Educational Franchise & Legal Talks conducted on the show floor extremely useful. View the schedule at:http://franchiselicenseasia.com/educational-talks.html

In summary, FLAsia packs knowledge and exciting brands into a 3-day trade event, delivering the best in franchising to Asia, bringing together industry leaders and providing insights on best practices. Potential investors and franchisees can chat directly with brand representatives, and get their questions about franchisee training, franchisor support, potential profits, etc. answered on the spot.

Admission is free, and by registration only at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 1 Hall B & C, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956.

All visitors are requested to be in business shirts or collared t-shirts, paired with appropriate long pants. Jackets are not necessary. Dresses, skirts or trousers are recommended for ladies. Kindly be advised that singlets, shorts, bermudas, sandals and slippers are not permitted in the exhibition.

For a list of participating exhibitors and brands at FLAsia 2014, visit http://www.franchiselicenseasia.com/list-of-exhibitors.php.


Media Invitation

Your journalist and photographer/camera crew are cordially invited to cover the Opening Ceremony of FLAsia 2014 on 16 October. Please RSVP to Deror Wong at 63191226 or email
derorw@sph.com.sg before 4pm, 15 October 2014.

Details for Opening Ceremony of FLAsia 2014

Date: 16 October 2014

Time: 9.45am - 11.30am

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 1 Hall B & C, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Parking Arrangements

Should you be driving on that day, free parking is available to you through the MBS casino valet on 16 October 2014 on a first-come-first-served basis.
Kindly present the 
Valet Receipt to collect your complimentary Valet Parking voucher from Melissa Teo at the media registration counter upon arrival. Your entitlement will be 1 Valet Parking voucher per Media badge.

Alternatively, should you wish to self-park at the public car park at MBS, you can present your Media Badge at MBS Event Services Concierge Counter located at Level 1, diagonally opposite Exhibition Hall A to purchase your concession ticket at 
$6 nett, on 16 & 17 October 2014 (weekdays ONLY) between 0700hrs to 1900hrs.

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, 2.8 million individuals or 69 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. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.

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