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Uncover innovative business opportunities at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2011

Singapore, 8 September 2011 – Franchising & Licensing Asia 2011 (FLAsia 2011), the international trade event for franchising and licensing in Asia, opened today at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. The trade fair will be held till 10 September.   
BizLink Exhibition Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), has been in partnership with the Franchising and Licensing Association of Singapore (FLA) for six years to jointly organise this event.
Minister of State for Trade and Industry Mr Teo Ser Luck, who is also the Minister in charge of entrepreneurship, was the Guest-of-Honour at this morning’s opening ceremony. 
FLAsia 2011 is the most successful franchise show in the region, attracting local and overseas company owners as well as budding entrepreneurs. They can network and explore business opportunities with prospective business partners and investors on franchising and licensing deals. Last year’s event attracted more than 9,000 visitors from 39 countries.
This year’s event attracted more than 60 international franchises and brands from South Korea, USA and Hong Kong, covering diverse industries such as adult education, childcare services, food & beverages and health & fitness. There are also 120 brands from Singapore taking part and they include household names such as Chewy Junior and Fig & Olive.  
A list of participating exhibitors can be found in Appendix 1.
Trade visitors to FLAsia 2011 can look forward to learning about new business ventures at the South Korean country pavilion, which showcases popular food & beverage businesses such as Kkongdon Korean BBQ and Caffe Bene.
The Franchise & Retail Technology Zone in FLAsia 2011 this year also brings together solutions providers who play an important role in supporting the growth and start-ups of the franchising and licensing industry. These include related business support services such as technology firms, legal advisors, investors and financiers and consultancy companies. 
There are hot-match sessions where exhibitors present their franchising brands or licensing properties to prospective trade visitors. International speakers and industry practitioners will also speak at a two-day seminar to share the best industry practices in business development, branding and marketing, as well as, safeguarding intellectual property.  
This three-day event facilitates dialogues and exchanges among the exhibitors and participants. Here they can explore new business partnerships, build up their own competencies and adopt best industry practices from one another. 
Hosted here in Singapore which is highly regarded as the strategic business and financial hub to the region, FLAsia 2011 is well-positioned to help companies exploit opportunities in the emerging markets in Asia.
Mr Chua Wee Phong, Executive Director of Sphere Exhibits, said: “FLAsia 2011 is the leading B2B franchising and licensing event for this region. Over the years, it has proven to be a trusted and effective platform for the exhibitors and trade visitors to seek out new business ventures and opportunities. Leveraging on Singapore’s reputation as the business and financial hub for Asia, Sphere Exhibits and FLA will work closely to help these companies garner greater exposure and connect to entrepreneurs and investors on a global scale.”  
Admission to FLAsia 2011 is by registration only. 
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About BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd 
BizLink Exhibition Services Pte Ltd is a dedicated and dynamic Professional Exhibition Organiser in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. Fully committed to providing utmost quality service, BizLink works in tandem with its clients; delivering exceptional results and defining track records.  
Hosting the most established trade fairs of its kind, Singapore Gifts & Premiums Fair and Stationery&OfficeLink, BizLink is also the organiser for Franchising & Licensing Asia, the region’s most widely acclaimed event and significant platform with unlimited business and networking opportunities for the franchising and licensing fraternity.
About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.  
Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy.
Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners. 
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organization, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms including newspapers, with 18 newspaper titles in four languages; 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region; book publishing subsidiaries Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing; internet and mobile portals; stakes in broadcasting companies MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, MediaCorp Press Limited and SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd; events and outdoor advertising through their wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd; and other properties including Paragon, The Clementi Mall, and Sky@eleven, developed by SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd. 
About the Franchising & Licensing Association Singapore (FLA)
FLA (Singapore) is the national franchising body and was one of the founding members of the World Franchise Council. FLA was established in 1993 with the mission of nurturing and developing Singapore’s franchising industry. Heeding the Singapore government’s call to move towards a knowledge-based economy, coupled with the increasing synergy between franchising, branding and technology licensing, FLA has expanded its membership profile and scope to include companies engaged in branding and licensing. FLA aims to assist its members to gain greater exposure locally, regionally and internationally, through networking events, exhibitions and trade missions, and also to upgrade members’ skill and knowledge in franchising, branding and licensing through various education programmes. Visit for more information.