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SPH Search to offer business database

Island-wide data collection: SPH Search yesterday launched the exercise to compile the information.

By Erica Tay
Jul 11, 2007
The Straits Times

SPH Search, a joint venture between media groups Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Schibsted of Norway, will offer a database of local businesses that the public can access.

SPH Search yesterday launched an island-wide data collection exercise to compile the information.

It has appointed Connect Centre, a contact centre, to collect key information from all companies in Singapore, such as their addresses and the services they offer.

The initial process will take three to six months, said SPH. The database will form a key element of SPH Search's core products at its launch next year.

'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,' SPH added.

Ms Elsie Chua, the chairman of the joint venture, 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.'

Much of the data will be free, and the rest available to subscribers, said SPH Search's director of marketing, Mr Johnson Goh.

Members of the public or companies that wish to verify the calls they receive are from Connect Centre can call 6511-0622 or fax 6511-0636 or e-mail sphsearch@connectcentre.com.sg.