Acquisition expected to create a new global IT supply and services business
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 20 November 2020 – Irish headquartered IT procurement and services company, Arkphire, today announced it is to be fully acquired by Presidio, a leading North American IT solutions provider. The deal represents a further consolidation of scale in the ICT services market creating a global IT supply and services business. Arkphire will support Presidio as a strategic platform to drive business expansion across both Europe and Asia Pacific.
Commenting on the acquisition, Paschal Naylor, chief executive at Arkphire said: “This announcement with Presidio is a hugely positive development for Arkphire, our people and our customers, equipping us with the ability to extend our global reach and further evolve our service offering to customers in response to their changing needs. We are in the business of enablement. Being part of the enlarged Presidio family will open up many new possibilities and provide us with a natural partner to support the IT needs of our customers, regardless of where they want to do business.”
Both Arkphire and Presidio have a shared core business model focused around digital infrastructure, cloud, security and other IT services. Presidio’s $3 billion IT solutions and services business has a local presence in over 57 locations across the United States serving approximately 7,300 middle market, large and government organisations across a diverse range of industries.
Chris Ambler, Head of Asia-Pacific, Arkphire
Commenting on the acquisition, Presidio CEO Bob Cagnazzi said: “Presidio was attracted to Arkphire by the quality of its portfolio of solutions and services, and the customer-centric culture of excellence that characterized the management team. The acquisition is expected to provide Presidio an opportunity to assimilate Arkphire’s best practices into our own in the US, while providing Presidio a platform to scale our ambitions in Europe and Asia Pacific.”
The acquisition will mark another major milestone for the successful Irish technology services company Arkphire. Originally established in 1979, Arkphire has grown to become a €160m business with more than 250 employees and serving customers across more than 90 countries. In 2018, Private Equity firm, Bregal Milestone invested in Arkphire which has enabled Arkphire to further expand its international operations, notably establishing a presence in Asia Pacific through the acquisition of Singapore-based Generic Technologies.
The change in ownership at Arkphire will have no immediate impact on day-to-day business operations. The senior management, including its co-founder and chief executive, Paschal Naylor, will remain in their roles.
Arkphire and Bregal Milestone were advised on the acquisition by William Blair (corporate finance) and Reed Smith (legal). Completion of the transaction is now subject to approval from the European and Irish competition authorities.
Arkphire is a leading IT product procurement and IT services company, serving customers internationally across more than 90 countries. Arkphire provides integrated technology solutions that span desktops, networking, cyber security, cloud and data centre, enabling the digital workspace and supporting businesses on their digital transformation journey.
Following its acquisition of Trilogy Technologies in 2020, Arkphire is now positioned as the largest and fastest growing Irish headquartered IT procurement and IT managed services business.
Arkphire Group has an unrivalled network of partnership accreditations with leading global IT vendors and is a Check Point 4-Star, Cisco Gold, Citrix Platinum, Dell Technologies Titanium, HP Platinum, IBM Gold, Lenovo Platinum and Microsoft Gold Partner. Arkphire is also an Apple Authorised Enterprise Reseller (AAER).
Arkphire group employs over 250 people and generates revenues of over €160m.
For more information visit www.arkphire.com
Presidio is a leading IT services and solutions provider that helps customers connect IT of today to IT of tomorrow. Our deep technology expertise across cloud, security, modern IT infrastructure and networking underpin our ability to help customers accelerate time-to-outcome via agile digital platforms. We deliver this technology expertise through a full life cycle model of professional, managed, and support services including strategy, consulting, implementation and design.
As of June 30, 2020, we served approximately 7,300 middle-market, large, and government organizations across a diverse range of industries. Approximately 2,800 Presidio professionals, including approximately 1,600 technical engineers, are based in over 57 offices across the United States in a unique, local delivery model combined with the national scale of a $2.8 billion-dollar industry leader. We are passionate about driving results for our clients and delivering the highest quality of service in the industry. For more information visit: www.presidio.com
HKGSEO Provides Free Website SEO Analysis and Consulting Services
HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – The COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for nearly a year. The sharp fall in the street traffic has been affecting core shopping districts everywhere. In addition, under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the ” Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme subsidy. Increasing number of large and medium-sized enterprises have turned to the online market, setting up websites and opening online shops, in an effort to open up online sales channels to recover some of their businesses during the epidemic.
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Mobile Version of The Website
The latest personal computer and Internet penetration survey published by the Census and Statistics Department shows that more than 5.97 million people in Hong Kong have mobile phones, and 99.7% of the users access the Internet on smartphones, higher than those connected to computers or other devices. Besides, Google has launched the Mobile-First Indexing mobile version of content priority indexing. If your website does not have a mobile version, the ranking will be poor and a lot of traffic will be lost.
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Suncity Group Announces 2021 Outlook
Striding Towards a Bright Future
MACAU – Media OutReach – 5 January 2021 – Under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a very difficult year for the world. In the face of the severe challenges, Suncity Group has been working hard to achieve its vision of sustainable development in all areas. With its philosophy of “Innovating With Diversity, Striving For Success”, the Group strives to develop its business in the fields of VIP services, entertainment, global tourism, food and beverage, luxury fashion, etc., and is committed to becoming a leading integrated resort operator, with the expansion of its global hotel and resort management business as its core focus. At the same time, as an enterprise rooted in Macao and backed by our motherland, it is one of Suncity Group’s priorities to promote Macao as the “Creative City of Gastronomy”. With this in mind, the Group has actively and successfully expanded its food and beverage business to the Mainland, promoting cooperation between enterprises of Macao and of the Mainland. Also, HOIANA, the Group’s feature project in Vietnam, will serve as a bridge to introduce Vietnam’s culture of gastronomy to the Mainland, in response to national policies of “going global” and “bringing in”.
HOIANA, Suncity Group’s first integrated resort set to open its doors in 2021
Tigre de Cristal will focus on developing local Russian clientele, Japanese and Korean travellers as the target source market
Suncity Group prepares to further expand its food and beverage business in the Mainland
Suncity Group is committed to bringing in the finest food culture to the Mainland
Leveraging on its experience in resort and hotel management, Suncity Group has been actively expanding its global hotel and resort management business and marching towards the goal of becoming an internationally renowned integrated resort operator. Year 2021 will see the grand opening of the Group’s first integrated resort HOIANA, with all facilities set to open their doors at the same time. Among the wide array of facilities included the entertainment facilities of Hoiana Suncity, the golf course of Hoiana Shores designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., and the 4 luxury hotels managed and operated by Rosewood Hotel Group – Hoiana Hotel & Suites, New World Hoiana Hotel & Residences, KHOS Hoiana and Rosewood Hoi An, offering over 1,000 guest rooms.
Located in central Vietnam, the integrated resort HOIANA is only 40 km away from the Da Nang International Airport, with its 3-km coastline and a stunning sea view. The first phase of HOIANA covers an area of over 165 hectares, with the second phase project commencing in 2021. Utilizing its unique coastline, the next phase of the resort will focus on increasing the number of guest rooms as well as the expansion of retail areas, including beach resorts and a Vietnamese Village. Future developments also include facilities such as water and adrenaline park, observation deck, etc., all with the aim to create the finest entertainment hub of Southeast Asia. At the same time, taking advantage of its geographical location, HOIANA will target at bringing in tourists from Southeast Asia as its main source markets in the future. Suncity Group believes that HOIANA will bring significant revenue and sustainable development prospects, and is a demonstration of its determination to gradually evolve into an integrated resort operator and actively expand its resort management business.
In addition, through Suncity Group Holdings Limited (1383.HK), Suncity Group is now the single largest shareholder of Summit Ascent Holdings Limited (102.HK), and participates in both operations of Tigre de Cristal Resort Phase I in Vladivostok, Russia and the development of the resort’s second phase. Currently, Tigre de Cristal Phase I is the largest integrated resort in Russia, with a positive trend in business and revenue growth driven by the local Russian clientele. Set to open for preview in late 2022 and grandly open in 2023, the Phase II development project will also commence in 2021, doubling the number of entertainment facilities as well as tripling the number of guest rooms. The project will also add to the resort 4 new restaurants and bars, premium outlet and duty free shopping, multi-functional area, and a beach club and spa. Thanks to its prime location in Northeast Asia, Tigre de Cristal will be well suited for Japanese and Korean travellers. In the future, the Group will focus on developing local Russian clientele, while introducing Japanese and Korean travellers to the resort as the target source market.
Through the acquisition of Suntrust Home Developers, Inc. (Stock Code: SUN:PM), Suncity Group is also actively engaging in the development of the Westside City Integrated Resort in the heart of Entertainment City in Manila, Philippines. The project covers an area of over 20 hectares and is set to open its doors before 2023, creating the hub of entertainment of Philippines together with our local partners.
Moreover, Suncity Group is expanding into East Asia to further target at Japanese and Korean travellers, with plans to develop resorts in Miyako Island of Okinawa and Niseko of Hokkaido in Japan, with construction to begin in 2021. The Group plans to build a resort hotel in the Yonaha Maehama Beach Area, which is known as “the most beautiful beach in the East”, in Miyako Island of Okinawa, Japan and is expected to complete in 2023. The resort will provide 100 hotel rooms and 40 private villas with their own pools, as well as a variety of special water sports, including stand-up paddling, snorkelling and deep diving. In addition, the Group plans to build a luxury resort in Niseko of Hokkaido, Japan, which owns the reputation as one of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts in the World”. With development plans in the works in 2021, the project will cover an area of approximately 20 hectares, combining the natural beauty of Niseko and convenient leisure amenities. The completion of these new integrated resorts will serve as a testament to Suncity Group’s determination to become Asia’s leading integrated resort operator and an enterprise rooted in Macao that is actively responding to the national policy of “going global”.
Adhering to the spirit of patriotism, Suncity Group has been actively supporting the policy of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, placing the development of the Motherland as our top priority. Through the business expansion of Sun Food and Beverage in the Mainland, Suncity Group aims to bring in the best of foreign cultures and contribute to the country’s prosperity. Since last year, Sun Food and Beverage established 8 restaurants in Chengdu and Chongqing, including “Danang Vietnamese Cuisine”, “Pho Thuy”, “Bangkok Cock” and “Đồ ăn vỉa hè Hoi An Danang”. Together with HOIANA, invested by Suncity Group Holdings Limited in Central Vietnam, the Group strives to introduce Vietnam’s culture of gastronomy to the Mainland.
In order to further expand its footprint in the Mainland, Sun Food and Beverage is preparing to open more quality branded restaurants in 2021. In the meantime, Sun Food and Beverage has successfully created new cooperation opportunities for the catering industry in Macao and the Mainland by taking initiative to organise investment visits to the Mainland. Currently, Sun Food and Beverage is actively supporting the “Luzu Temple District Renovation Project” of Chongqing as the company plans to open at the site more branded restaurants presenting Vietnamese cuisine, not just to increase company revenue, but also to help reinvigorate the old district. In addition, Sun Food and Beverage is preparing to set up a joint venture with Macao’s catering industry and open 3 restaurants in the area, bringing Macao-style hot pot, Portuguese cuisine and local desserts to Chongqing. This move not only enriches Mainland’s catering market, but is also a way to support the Macao Special Administrative Region Government’s core effort to promote Macao as “Creative City of Gastronomy”.
In the entertainment sector, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited has been actively expanding its entertainment-related businesses, covering film productions, online films, concerts and other commercial performing arts. In 2021, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited will expand its footprint in Southeast Asia through its subsidiaries in Japan and Malaysia, and is also enthusiastically preparing for the full recovery of the film industry this year. Currently, productions of film and TV drama invested by the Group from last year have been completed and are scheduled to be released in 2021, including “Limbo” starring Gordon Lam, which is scheduled to participate in international film festivals, “Dust to Dust” starring Gordon Lam and Da Peng, “Mom, Don’t Do That” produced by and starring Alyssa Chia. In addition, Sun Entertainment Culture Limited will be producing Macao’s first action and car racing film this year, with Han Han as producer of the film. For the acclaimed films “SPL: Sha Po Lang” and “Paradox”, production of the sequels “SPL III: War Needs Lord” and “Paradox II” will also begin in 2021.
As Alvin Chau, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Suncity Group stated, the tough year 2020 is now in the past. With the new COVID-19 vaccines being distributed worldwide, the global economy is expected to soon recover, which will be conducive to a strong growth of the motherland and Macao’s social, economic and tourism sectors in 2021. At the same time, staying true to the core values of patriotism, he understands that the prosperity of Macao and the country are inextricably linked. In the future, Suncity Group will continue to look forward to a prosperous future together with the country and Macao by vigorously upholding and following the long-term direction of the country in all aspects.
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About Suncity Group
Suncity Group was founded in 2007. Since establishment, Suncity Group has been striving to provide the extraordinary VIP entertainment service for our guests, and we then opened a number of VIP Clubs in various 6-star hotels and resorts throughout Macau with the rapid growth of our business. Meanwhile, we successively set up exclusive VIP Clubs in Manila, Seoul, Incheon, Phnom Penh and Da Nang, etc.
Adhering to the spirit of “Innovating With Diversity, Striving For Success”, Suncity Group spared no effort to develop high-end entertainment services and products as well as roll out global VIP loyalty program for the selected members to enjoy entertainment, travel, catering services, luxury shopping and motion picture. Today, the scope of our business covers most sectors, especially in the fields of global travel, film production, concert and event planning, catering and luxury goods.
As a Macau born and bred enterprise, Suncity Group is not only devoted to develop the Asian market, but also oriented to expand the global network. In the future, we will surely continue to diversify our VIP entertainment services, attract more exclusive members and make every effort to promote our business in every corner of the world.
Official Website | www.suncitygroup.com.mo/en
Prudential Launches New Research that Underscores Critical Role of Technology in Improving Healthcare in Asia
- 81% of respondents say technology has improved their access to health services
- 71% believe that in the future they will be more reliant on technology to improve their personal health and wellbeing
- Prudential’s new Asia-wide study recommends increased public-private co-operation to maximise the benefits of digital health technologies
HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 11 January 2021 – Prudential Corporation Asia (Prudential) today released The Pulse of Asia — The Health of Asia Barometer, a report written by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which underscores the unprecedented opportunity offered by digital health technologies to improve access to healthcare in Asia.
The research, which explores attitudes to healthcare in Asia, highlights the demand for tools and services to help people in the region better navigate the healthcare system. It also highlights the opportunity for governments to partner with the private sector to maximise the potential of digital healthcare.
High rates of digital health technology adoption
The report, which surveyed 5,000 adults across 13 markets in Asia, found that only around half of respondents (54%) believe that medical care is accessible and affordable. More concerningly, less than a quarter (22%) say they can easily access exercise and fitness facilities that would help improve their personal health and wellness in the coming year.
However, the Asia-wide research also underlines the potential of technology to directly combat these challenges. Over four fifths (81%) of respondents say technology has already improved their access to health services and nearly two thirds (60%) believe it has improved the affordability.
And this consumer appetite towards the digitisation of health shows no sign of abating – three years from now 71% of those surveyed said they will rely on technology even more heavily to improve their personal health and wellbeing.
Public-private action to improve healthcare
To fulfil the potential of digital healthcare, the report recommends greater public-private collaboration, suggesting that governments partner with private companies to deliver digitally-innovative ways to promote and manage health and wellness among citizens.
The report also highlights the opportunity for governments to improve public health information through digital channels. According to the research, social media is the most frequently cited source of personal health and wellness information. However, the survey respondents overwhelmingly agreed that the most trustworthy sources are national government and public health authorities. Governments can seize the opportunity by becoming the most reliable source of quality health information for citizens.
The report also recommends that governments look to promote connected health devices, but that these need to be underpinned by strict data governance. Data security will enable health data to be safely centralised, empowering governments to design better policies and build more targeted healthcare infrastructure.
Nic Nicandrou, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, commented, “This ground-breaking research demonstrates that while Asia has already begun to embrace digital health technologies, the region is still some way from realising the full potential technology has to offer. The private and public sectors need to come together to make these opportunities a reality, and in doing so, improve health and wellness outcomes for individuals.
“Making digital healthcare a reality is an integral part of our efforts at Prudential. Through our app, Pulse by Prudential, we have linked up with partners at the forefront of innovation to deliver health information and guidance, as well as provide access to medical professionals. Our goal in doing this is to enable people to live well, for longer.”
Charles Ross, Editorial Director from the EIU, commented, “Our research shows that to make health and wellbeing more accessible and affordable, the public and private sectors need to come together to seize the initiative. A key way to do this is by breaking down ‘data silos’ between disparate healthcare services and creating secure connections between health apps, devices and centralised digital patient records.”
About Pulse of Asia – Health of Asia Barometer
Prudential commissioned the new Pulse of Asia – Health of Asia Barometer report to highlight the challenges people in the region face in improving their health and wellbeing. It is based on a survey of 5,000 people from 13 countries and territories in Asia — Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Respondents range from 21 to 55 years old and cross income groups.
The full report can be accessed at pulseofasia.economist.com
About Prudential Corporation Asia
Prudential Corporation Asia (Prudential) is a business unit of Prudential plc*, comprising its life insurance operations in Asia and Africa, as well as its asset management business, Eastspring Investments. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Prudential helps people get the most out of life through savings, protection and investment solutions that meet their diverse and evolving needs.
Prudential is a leading life insurer with operations spanning 13 markets in Asia, covering Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. In Africa, Prudential has a presence in eight markets, covering Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. With a robust multi-channel distribution platform, Prudential delivers comprehensive and innovative solutions to more than 16 million customers across the two continents.
Eastspring Investments manages investments in Asia on behalf of a wide range of retail and institutional investors. It is a leading Asia-based asset manager with on-the-ground presence in 11 major Asian markets as well as distribution offices in North America and Europe. It has US$220 billion in assets under management (as at 30 June 2020), managing funds across a range of asset classes including equities and fixed income.
In line with the company’s mission to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all, ‘Pulse by Prudential‘ (Pulse) was first introduced in Malaysia in August 2019. Today, Pulse is available in 12 markets across Asia and Africa. The app uses AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information to serve as a 24/7 health and wellness partner to users, helping them prevent, postpone, and protect against the onset of diseases. As at January 2021, the app has been downloaded more than 16 million times in Asia. For more information on Pulse: www.wedopulse.com.
* Prudential plc is listed on the stock exchanges of London (PRU.L), Hong Kong (2378.HK), Singapore (K6S.SG) and New York (PUK.N). It is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc. a company whose principal place of business is in the United States nor with The Prudential Assurance Company, a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom.
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