Singapore, 10 July 2007 - SPH Search Pte Ltd (SPH Search)
venture between local media giant Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and
Norway’s leading media group Schibsted ASA (Schibsted), has launched a
nation-wide project to collect business data of all companies here.
SPH Search has appointed Connect Centre to assist it with this project.
Centre, a professional contact centre, will contact all local and
foreign companies and businesses in Singapore to collect key
information on their set-up. The initial data collection process will
take 3 to 6 months.
The business data collection exercise is the
company´s first step towards building and enhancing a comprehensive
database, which it will make available to the public.
The core of this database comes from information
collected over the years from multiple sources by many units within the
Singapore Press Holdings´ group.
This database will form one element of the core products of SPH Search´s offering at launch next year.
SPH Search aims to provide the country´s first online search engine focusing on all things local.
Elsie Chua, Chairman of SPH Search, said: "SPH Search aims to be the
leading local search engine, the first choice for anyone who is
searching for information on Singapore, its people and businesses. This
data collection exercise is key for us to ensure that SPH Search is
able to provide the latest and most relevant information that consumers
"SPH Search´s efforts will build on the set of
business information collected over the years through other SPH
business units," she added.
Mr Paul Jansen, SPH Search’s Chief Executive
Officer, said: ”We picked Connect Centre because we were impressed with
its professionalism. It gives us confidence that the information it
gathers for us will be accurate.
"This is important in order for us to serve our
users well. But it is even more important for the businesses, whose
cooperation we seek, as the information they provide will increase
their transparency and boost their public profile, enabling them to
reach out to more potential customers once we make public our
Mr Johnson Goh, Director of Marketing for SPH Search, says the information in SPH Search will be constantly updated.
can look forward to an easy to use interface that allows them to update
their particulars online in the near future. That service will be made
available on our website soon," he said.
Connect Centre won the Gold Award (Best Outsourced
category) in 2006 for both Singapore as well as Regional Contact Centre
Awards (China/HongKong/Malaysia/Singapore), organised by Contact Centre
Association of Singapore.
Ms Catherine Foo, General Manager of Connect
Centre, said, "Connect Centre hopes to be able to come up with
strategic initiatives to gain greater control over data collation, and
deliver good customer service to nurture long term relationships with
stakeholders. At the same time, we want to provide timely insight for
our client’s planning and decision-making purposes. We are definitely
proud to be collaborating with a premier and forward-looking
organisation like SPH Search in this initiative."
Members of the public or corporate companies who
wish to verify that the calls they received are from Connect Centre can
contact the company at the following numbers:
Tel: 6511 0622
Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E
Fax: 6511 0636
For more information, please contact:
Director of Marketing
SPH Search Pte Ltd
DID: 6319 1638
Chin Soo Fang (Ms)
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1216
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 2261
About SPH Search Pte Ltd
SPH Search was born of a collaboration between two media powerhouses:
the Singapore Press Holdings Group (SPH) Pte Ltd and Schibsted
ASA. The two companies, listed and headquartered in Singapore and
Norway respectively, have long been in the business of giving people
information, and, significantly, the context which makes the information more useful.
Both companies have also established reputations as trusted sources,
each over more than a century, with their continuous delivery of
accurate information speedily. The platforms on which they do this have
changed over the years and have, since the 90s, included the World
Their joint venture, SPH Search, aims to provide the premier online
tool for anyone seeking information about Singapore; its people and its
businesses. It intends to respond to queries with the greatest of
speeds. Most importantly, it plans to make relevance the hallmark of its
The company was incorporated on 13th September 2006.
Located in News Centre, it has just begun a nation-wide exercise to
enhance its already comprehensive databases of information, prior to the
launch of its services. This exercise focuses on its database of businesses.
It has its own technology team. Its developers are working on producing
a system which will allow users of personal computers, PDAs, and
mobile phones, easy access to SPH Search´s search and directories´ tools.
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading
media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through
print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes
14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.7 million individuals or
83 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news
publications. SPH also publishes over 90 magazine titles in Singapore
and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100
million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. Apart
from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH´s other online and new media initiatives
include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service,
ZapCode; recruitment and job search service, ST701; and STOMP (Straits
Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and
interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which
operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent
stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper,
Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH
UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3
in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 in English.
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its
wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s
largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a
35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor
advertising company in China.
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, is also developing
a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson
For more information, please visit the SPH website: www.sph.com.sg
About Schibsted ASA
Schibsted, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, is one of the most
prominent media groups in Scandinavia. Besides key operations in Norway
and Sweden, Schibsted has an extensive European footprint with presence
in Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Slovenia and Latin America. The
group combines experience of traditional media with extensive knowledge
about new media. Over the years, Schibsted has successfully penetrated
the nascent online classified market in Norway, Sweden and subsequently
in other parts of Europe. Schibsted’s recent acquisition of Trader
Classified Media’s Western Europe business has further cemented its
position as Europe’s leading online classified player.
About Connect Centre
Connect Centre is the proud Gold Award Winner in Year 2006 for both
Singapore as well as Regional Contact Centre Awards
(China/HongKong/Malaysia/Singapore) in the Best Outsourced Category
organised by Contact Centre Association of Singapore.
Set up in 2004, the 60 seats 24/7 outsourced contact centre services
clients across broad sectoral industries with very diverse business
With its recent 30 seats business extension and expanded pool of
talents who have in-depth experiences and knowledge garnered from
collaborations with various agencies and companies from private and
public sectors, Connect Centre is now even better geared to take on new
challenges set by customers.
Its customer-centric focus ensures that Connect Centre is ever
attentive to customers’ requirements and constantly on the thrive to
delivering the desired results with innovative solutions.
For more information on Connect Centre, please contact them at 65110622, firstname.lastname@example.org
or via fax at 65110636.