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Setting up a Publishing Company



Setting up a Publishing Company


To set up a publishing company in Singapore, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Determine the type of publishing business you want to start. There are many different types of publishing companies, such as book publishers, magazine publishers, and newspaper publishers. You will need to decide which type of publishing business you are interested in and what type of content you want to publish.

  2. Register your business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). You can register your business online through the BizFile+ portal. You will need to choose a company name, provide information about your directors and shareholders, and pay a registration fee.

  3. Apply for any necessary licenses and permits. Depending on the type of publishing business you are starting, you may need to apply for additional licenses and permits. For example, if you are going to be printing your own publications, you will need to apply for a printing press license.

  4. Find suitable premises for your business. You will need to find an office space that is large enough to accommodate your staff and equipment. You should also make sure that your office is located in a convenient location for your customers and employees.

  5. Hire employees. Once you have secured premises for your business, you will need to start hiring employees. You will need to hire people with the skills and experience necessary to run a publishing business, such as editors, designers, and marketing professionals.

Here are some additional tips for setting up a publishing company in Singapore:

  • Develop a business plan. A business plan will help you to define your business goals, strategies, and financial projections.

  • Research your target market. You need to understand who your target audience is and what they are looking for in a publication.

  • Create a strong brand identity. Your brand identity will help you to stand out from the competition and attract readers.

  • Market your publications. Once you have published your content, you need to market it to your target audience. You can do this through a variety of channels, such as online advertising, social media, and public relations.

Setting up a publishing company can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By following the steps above and doing your research, you can increase your chances of success.


Publishing Licence


There are two types of publishing licenses in Singapore:


Newspaper Permit


For publishing or printing a periodical in Singapore; selling or distributing a Malaysian periodical; and selling or distributing an offshore newspaper (300 copies or more).


A newspaper permit is required to print or publish a newspaper in Singapore. The permit is issued by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). Newspapers are publications that contain news, intelligence, reports of events, or commentary on matters of public interest. They can be printed in any language and published for sale or free distribution. Examples include entertainment/leisure magazines, news magazines, religious publications, and society/club/association publications.


To apply for a newspaper permit, you must have a company registered in Singapore. You must also submit a business plan and a mock-up or sample copy of the proposed publication.



Printing Press License


A printing press license is required to operate a press to print documents such as pamphlets, maps, charts, newspapers, and magazines in Singapore. The license is issued by the IMDA. To apply for a printing press license, you must have a company registered in Singapore. You must also submit a business plan and a floor plan of your printing press premises.


There is no license required for the online publication of periodicals in Singapore. However, Internet content providers who provide an online newspaper for a subscription fee or who publish information on the Internet must register themselves with the IMDA.


Before applying for a Printing Press Licence, the owner of the press must obtain permission from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) or any other relevant authority to use the premises as a printing press. The licence must be obtained before the business can start operating.


To register with the IMDA, you must complete and submit a form online. You must also provide information about your company, your website, and the type of content you publish.


Once you have registered with the IMDA, you will be required to comply with Singapore's media laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are designed to promote responsible content creation and consumption.


If you are unsure whether you need a publishing license or how to apply for one, you can contact the IMDA for assistance.




Processing Time


It typically takes within 15 working days to process and issue a Newspaper Permit.


It typically takes 3 working days to process and issue a printing press licence.


Fees


No fees are payable for a Newspaper Permit application.


No fees are payable for a Printing Press Licence.


Newspaper permits are valid for 1 year from the date of issue.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar is a Singapore-based accounting and corporate services firm that can help you set up a publishing company in Singapore. Bestar offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Company registration: Bestar can help you register your company with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). This includes choosing a company name, providing information about your directors and shareholders, and paying the registration fee.

  • Business licensing: Bestar can help you apply for any necessary licenses and permits, such as a printing press license or a newspaper permit.

  • Bookkeeping and accounting: Bestar can help you set up and maintain your company's bookkeeping and accounting system. This includes recording all of your company's income and expenses, preparing financial statements, and filing tax returns.

  • Tax planning and compliance: Bestar can help you plan and comply with your company's tax obligations. This includes advising you on the best tax structure for your business and preparing and filing your company's tax returns.

  • Corporate secretarial services: Bestar can provide a range of corporate secretarial services, such as maintaining your company's statutory records, preparing and filing annual returns, and organizing shareholder meetings.

Bestar's team of experienced professionals can help you every step of the way, from setting up your company to managing your day-to-day operations. This can free up your time to focus on growing your business.


Here are some of the benefits of using Bestar to help you set up a publishing company in Singapore:

  • Expertise: Bestar has a team of experienced professionals who have expertise in setting up and running publishing companies in Singapore.

  • Efficiency: Bestar can help you to set up your company quickly and efficiently.

  • Peace of mind: Bestar can help you to take the stress out of setting up a publishing company by taking care of all of the administrative and compliance requirements.

If you are interested in using Bestar to help you set up a publishing company in Singapore, you can contact us for a consultation.

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