Singapore, 9 September 2015: Rice Communications, a boutique communications agency headquartered in Singapore, has been appointed by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) as its Public Relations agency of record. Rice Communications will support the organisation’s strategic communications initiatives and efforts starting this month across media relations, stakeholder engagement, content and social media.

raiSE aims to catalyse the development of a thriving social enterprise sector in Singapore, bringing together the resources and support of multiple public, private and people sector stakeholders. It provides support to the social enterprise ecosystem at various stages via a range of services including funding, business advisory, training, relevant resources and networks. raiSE will also be running the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Award this year.

raiSE is led by a high-profile Board, led by Chairman Gautam Banerjee, Chairman of Blackstone Singapore and member of the International Advisory Board.

However, despite the increased attention that social entrepreneurship is getting in Singapore, there is need to develop a practical understanding of the concept and ecosystem amongst key stakeholders as well as members of the public and private sectors. Rice Communications’ partnership with raiSE is a timely one.

“Rice Communications has an outstanding track record in corporate public relations, and with their ongoing support of start-ups and social enterprises, it makes them an ideal partner to work with on raising awareness and acceptance of social enterprises in Singapore,” said Alfie Othman, Executive Director of raiSE. “They have executed strategic communications programs across Asia Pacific for firms of all sizes and this is essential and in line with eventually building regional networks to help Singapore’s social enterprises to expand overseas.”

Speaking on the appointment, Sonya Madeira, Founder & Managing Partner at Rice Communications said, “We are honoured to be chosen as a supporting partner of raiSE, and are thrilled to be able to share our passion for creating social value and playing a part in solving social challenges. Rice Communications has always been committed to supporting the social enterprise sector and together, we will help raiSE establish itself as one of the faces of the burgeoning social enterprise scene in the country.”

Established in 2009, Rice Communications is recognised for providing strategic, business-aligned counsel to its clients across the region. In 2013, the consultancy received the Social Enterprise Association Silver Corporate Award by the Social Enterprise Development Centre and more recently, it has been recognised as the 2015 PR Agency of the Year Singapore (Local Hero) as well as the 2014 Holmes Report Technology Consultancy of the Year for Asia Pacific.
Rice Communications has an impressive current client portfolio including key retainer clients such as ESET, FICO, Hotel Reservation Service (HRS), Inmarsat, Kimberly-Clark, Larry Jewelry, National Instruments, Outbrain, Palo Alto Networks, and Robert Bosch Southeast Asia, amongst others. Early this year, the agency announced the opening of a new office in Yangon, Myanmar.

About raiSE
The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) was set up to increase awareness on social entrepreneurship and facilitate support for social enterprises in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs. To help social enterprises from start to mature stages, raiSE provides a range of services such as funding, business advisory, training, relevant resources and networks. Looking to encourage collaboration and sharing of information between social enterprises and voluntary welfare organisations. raiSE welcomes the support of corporations and individuals who would like to contribute or play a role in the social enterprise sector. For more information, please visit the raiSE website, or log onto its Facebook page.  

About Rice Communications

Rice Communications was established in January 2009 to provide strategic, insightful and customised professional communications services to its clients. Rice Communications caters to companies seeking to strengthen their profile across the Asia Pacific region through its offices in Singapore and Myanmar. With a zealous team of consultants, Rice Communications is committed to raising the bar of the Asian PR and communications practice through value-oriented partnerships with clients, industry associates, suppliers, stakeholders and influencers, and the media. Rice Communications Singapore and Rice Communications Myanmar are both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Sirocco Holdings Pte. Ltd. For more information, please visit the Rice Communications website.  

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