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SPH Magazines Awarded New Contract To Publish BiZQ

Singapore,15 May 2009 - SPH Magazines Pte Ltd ("SPH Magazines") has once again been appointed the publishing agent for BiZQ (Business Quotient), the magazine for the Singapore Business Federation ("SBF").

The new three-year contract began in April 2009. SPH Magazines’ Custom Publishing unit has been publishing BiZQ on behalf of SBF since the magazine's inception in July 2004.

BiZQ is the official publication of the SBF - the country’s apex business chamber and champion of the business community’s interests in trade, investment and industrial relations. The quarterly publication keeps members of SBF informed and up to date on business opportunities, emerging issues and SBF’s events and initiatives. BiZQ is targeted at Chief Executive Officers, managing directors, entrepreneurs and captains of industry.

Mr Dennis Pua, Managing Director, SPH Magazines says, “Despite strong competition from other publishers during the tender, we are very pleased to be awarded the publishing contract for a new term. It’s certainly a vote of confidence in SPH Magazine’s ability to produce quality publications and shows satisfaction at our level of service.”

In 2007, on the heels of a revamp, BiZQ’s April-June 2007 issue clinched a Gold for Best Cover in the digital imagery category; the same issue also received Honourable Mention in the Best Single Issue category in the 2008 Tabbie Awards. BiZQ competed with over 700 entries worldwide from the US, United Kingdom, Australia, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. The Awards is an international editorial and design competition dedicated exclusively to trade association and business publications in recognition of editorial and creative excellence. “Gaining recognition through these awards are a validation of our ongoing commitment to produce sterling content and engaging designs,” said Joanna Lee-Miller, Group Editor, SPH Magazines.

Says Mr Teng Theng Dar, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Business Federation, "The Singapore Business Federation is very pleased with the collaborative efforts of the Custom Publishing team at SPH Magazines and for constantly striving to raise the bar. BiZQ has been and will continue to be an important and effective communication medium to reach out to our members, keeping them well informed of government policies, business issues and opportunities in Singapore and internationally.”

Mr Loh Yew Seng, SPH Magazines’ Chief Executive Officer,says, “We are grateful for ongoing support from the Singapore Business Federation and I am confident that our Custom Publishing team will continue to deliver according to expectations. Being appointed as their publishing agent yet again proves that SPH Magazines’ is on track with our aim of being the publisher of choice.”

SPH Magazines is the appointed publishing agent for a diverse range of companies and organisations in the private and public sectors. Its Custom Publishing unit offers expertise in all areas of publishing, from developing editorial content and design concepts to advertising sales, printing and distribution, and new media.

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For more information, please contact:

Pearly Mak
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID : 6319 1225
Mobile: 9765 6704
Email : pearlym@sph.com.sg

About SPH Magazines

A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of media giant Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content & award-winning designs, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic magazine publisher. In its stable are over 100 titles in English and Chinese, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, movies, automobile, parenting, décor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other well-known titles such as Female, The Peak, Home and Décor, Nuyou, Torque, HWM and GameAxis are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle category.

SPH Magazines' established editorial unit provides excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and other collateral to meet their business needs. In addition, its regional IT portal,
www.hardwarezone.com®, is consistently the No.1 online portal as attested by the Hitwise awards over the last 2 years. Its subsidiary, clickTRUE Pte Ltd, is a Pay Per Performance online marketing company specialising in Online Media Planning, Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Web Analytics Consultancy and Landing Page Optimisation.

With a vision to continue growth regionally, SPH Magazines is set to become Asia's publishing powerhouse, with operations in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Phillippines and Vietnam. Magazines in its fold have achieved strong market presence in their respective sectors, as well as distinguished track records and solid reputations.

At SPH Magazines, the promise is to deliver its best to meet the diverse needs and interests of readers and advertisers.

Visit
www.sphmagazines.com.sg for more information.


About BiZQ
BiZQ is the official publication of the Singapore Business Federation, the country’s apex business chamber. With a circulation of 20,000 copies, this quarterly magazine is distributed to the Federation’s members, professional associations and overseas business chambers and is aimed at keeping companies and businesses up-to-date on the latest economic trends, industry news and trade and investment opportunities in Singapore and around the world.


About Singapore Business Federation
As the APEX business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore, in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and the businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional, multilateral fora for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking. For more information, please visit www.sbf.org.sg