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New SPH subsidiary to host premier trade event for gifts and premiums industry

Singapore, 9 July 2010 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will be hosting this year’s Singapore Gifts and Premiums Fair (SGPFair), the signature trade event for the gifts and premiums industry through its newly-acquired subsidiary, Bizlink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd (“Bizlink Exhibition”). Bizlink Exhibition also organises the “Franchising and Licensing Asia”(“FLAsia”) show, which is the most successful international franchise show in the region. FLAsia is a trade event where exhibitors and visitors discover business opportunities with potential franchisees, licensees and investors.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, SPH's Executive Vice-President of Circulation and Director of Bizlink Exhibition, said: “This acquisition strengthens the media group's foray into the MICE sector, especially in the trade exhibitions arena. With SPH’s support, advertisers and trade exhibitors for SGPFair and FLAsia can ride on SPH's multiple media platforms to ensure greater value and stronger mileage for their products and services."

SGPFair was the brainchild of Mr Winston Lim, the Executive Director of Bizlink Exhibition.

Mr Lim said: “I am very pleased that Bizlink Exhibitions has now come under the umbrella of SPH. With the economies of scale and the resources available within SPH, the expansion opportunities would be limitless. I am very excited about SGPFair 2010 which will be our first event to be held under SPH this July. Our exhibitors and clients will immediately experience our value-add services with better exposure through the media.”

Currently in its 11th year and to be held on 28-30 July at Suntec Singapore Level 6, SGPFair is the leading trade event of its kind, attracting the region’s gifts and premiums industry suppliers to showcase their latest product offerings and innovations to trade and corporate buyers. This event also has strong support of the Promotional Products & Giftware Association (PPGA) and its members.

This year’s SGPFair incorporates three events –

  1. "Premiums & Promo Gifts 2010" – for promotional and corporate gifts, premiums, incentives and rewards such as desktop accessories, leather products and timepieces.

  2. "Lifestyle Gifts 2010" - for retail gifts, houseware, arts and crafts, costume jewellery and fashion accessories such as bathroom/bedroom products, tableware, aromatherapy and fragrance products. 

  3. "PrintPack 2010" - for specialty printing and packaging products, services, equipment and technology such as software and hardware and solutions for promotional products, graphic arts, outdoor displays and indoor advertising. 


The SGP Fair is also held in conjunction with the Stationery&OfficeLink (SOLFair) 2010, which showcases the latest in office products and stationery.

This year, it is targeted to attract over 200 exhibitors, providing them with a compelling mix of maximum exposure and sales potential.

More than 8,000 trade and corporate buyers are expected to attend the event. They can look forward to innovations such as paper made of stone, automated mahjong tables and self-inking rubber stamps made of recycled materials.

For more information on SGPFair 2010 and how to take part as an exhibitor or sign up as a trade visitor, please visit www.sgpfair.com or contact Ms Summer Zhuo, Marcom Manager at (Tel) 6467-8385.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1216
Email:
soofang@sph.com.sg

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID – 6319 1586
Email – yeosc@sph.com.sg


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 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.


Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 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; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy.sg, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.


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 Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.


Events and Outdoor 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 largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.


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