Supporting Organisations

ASIA-PACIFIC FRANCHISE CONFEDERATION (APFC)

The Asia-Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC) is an amicable, non-political association of National Franchise Associations around Asia Pacific region. The objectives are to provide a forum with properly constituted National Franchise Associations in the Asia Pacific region where they can share experience, information and technical “know-how” on franchising, including the establishment of better communication channels among members. It is also to encourage further development of properly constituted National Franchise Associations in all countries within the Asia Pacific region in order to strengthen the industry networking regionally and to present regional information in franchising and the common views of National Franchise Associations within the region to international bodies.

EUROPEAN FRANCHISE FEDERATION (EFF)

The European Franchise Federation (EFF) is the leading advocate for the franchise industry in Europe, notably to the European institutions and all relevant instances.

The EFF is the single European membership platform of and for national franchise associations committed both to accredit franchise businesses on the basis of self-regulatory principles of ethical behaviour between franchiser & franchisee and also to share best practice between its accredited franchise associations .

EUROPEAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (EUROCHAM)

The European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, known as EuroCham, was established in 2001 and is composed of the European National Business Groups in Singapore as well direct corporate members. It is an independent, non-profit organisation governed by its members.

Mission

To represent the common interests of European businesses in promoting bilateral trade, services and investments between the countries of Europe, Singapore and the region.

To provide European business with a communication and lobbying channel to Singaporean and European political and economic circles and is the sole European representative at the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) council.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF SINGAPORE (IPOS)

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Law. IPOS is an innovation agency that uses IP expertise and networks to drive Singapore’s future growth. Its focus is on helping enterprises grow through IP and innovation strategies, developing skills and expertise in these areas, and creating a vibrant ecosystem where today’s ideas become tomorrow’s assets. More information on IPOS can be found at www.ipos.gov.sg.

SINGAPORE EXHIBITION & CONVENTION BUREAU™ (SECB)

The Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau™ (SECB) has a mission to champion business travel and business events as key drivers of the tourism sector and enablers for industry growth in Singapore. It aims to establish Singapore as a dynamic business events destination where people, technology and ideas converge to create great value for customers. As the leading government agency for the business events sector in Singapore, the Bureau works with stakeholders to create, attract, and grow business events, as well as ensuring exceptional experiences in the delivery of these events. The Bureau also develops partnerships with international organisations and alliances.

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (SICC)

The Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) is Singapore’s most established and independent voluntary business association. Founded here in 1837, its mission is to represent business interests to help maintain a vibrant economy. SICC creates value for its members in a wide range of content-rich events featuring policy makers, public intellectuals and business people. Value is also created in committee work which brings members together to share concerns, expertise and solutions. SICC’s members represent the diversity of the Singapore business community: foreign and local MNCs and SMEs. With members from 40 nationalities and over 20 industry sectors, SICC remains the inclusive voice of international business in Singapore. Visit http://www.sicc.com.sg/for more information.

SPRING SINGAPORE

SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore. Please visit www.spring.gov.sg for more information about SPRING Singapore.

WORLD FRANCHISE COUNCIL (WFC)

The World Franchise Council (WFC) is a non-political Federation of 43 national franchise associations from around the world, together with two supra national bodies – the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation and the European Franchise Federation.

Formed in 1994, it aims to promote the growth of franchising internationally, and facilitate best practice in franchise association management among its members. It also aims to foster and encourage the development of franchise associations in nations where such an association does not currently exist.