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SPH TO TRAIN STAFF IN INNOVATION SKILLS, HOLDS FIRST-EVER INNOVATION DAY

●     Media giant holds first-ever company-wide Innovation Day as transformation drive kicks into higher gear

●     Event is the culmination of a 100-day accelerated innovation programme that sets the blueprint for future innovation training

 

Singapore, 4 July 2018 - Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (“SPH”) will train a critical mass of its employees in innovation skills such as design thinking, customer-centricity and digital proficiency, as it steps up its transformation into a future-ready organisation.

 

The media giant held its first-ever group-wide Innovation Day today, marking the culmination of a 100-day intensive innovation project involving employees from across the 4,000-strong company. The project was aimed at spurring a more entrepreneurial culture within the company and was facilitated by SPH’s innovation partner Venturetec, a consultancy that has worked with various organisations across the Asia-Pacific.

 

As part of the project, employees formed cross-functional teams to undergo an accelerated innovation training programme, which will form a blueprint for future employee training in innovation skills. The teams then pitched their new product ideas on Innovation Day to an executive panel comprising the media company’s senior management - including CEO Ng Yat Chung and deputy CEO Anthony Tan - for the opportunity to further develop their concepts and bring them to market.

 

The event also showcased designs for SPH’s new dedicated innovation spaces, which SPH employees and a Singapore Polytechnic team had worked on during three design workshops.

 

Staff visiting the event, held at the SPH auditorium, interacted with SPH teams working on new products, such as freelancer platform Zomwork and jobs portal Fastjobs. They also had the chance to vote on their favourite product ideas proposed by SPH’s senior management, offer their own suggestions for new projects and products, and learn from the experiences of the employees who had participated in the 100-day innovation project.

 

Deputy CEO Mr Tan said: “Innovation is an often-used buzzword, but what it means in SPH’s context is to become more customer-focused and develop a deeper understanding of our audiences, so we can offer them more engaging content and products. Our employees are an essential part of our journey to become a tomorrow-ready media business and they are extremely motivated to be part of this exciting transformation.”



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For more information, please contact:


Andrew Lum

Assistant Manager

Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: +65 6319 1982
Email: alum@sph.com.sg
 

Elaine Chrysta Tan

Executive

Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: +65 6319 1613
Email: elainect@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. 

 

SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media. 

 

On the property front, SPH owns 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall.  It is developing a new commercial cum residential site at Woodleigh. It also has a stake in Chinatown Point.

 

It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator. 

 

SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets.  It also invested in the education business.

 

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