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Trade and Industry Department to participate at HKTDC SmartBiz Expo 2017

 

(6 to 8 December, 2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)

Trade and Industry Department (TID) will participate at the HKTDC SmartBiz Expo 2017 organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council as the strategic partner and a major exhibitor.  TID’s booth number is 1B-G02.  TID will showcase the Department’s work and support services to SMEs.  SMEs are welcome to visit the booth to learn more of the Department’s services.

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During the Expo, SUCCESS will, in collaboration with its strategic partners, invite business professionals and expert consultants to conduct pre-scheduled onsite one-on-one "Meet-the-Advisors" Business Advisory Service for SMEs.  Details are as follows:
 
Advisory Area Strategic Partner of SUCCESS
Setting up Business     The Hong Kong Federation of Commerce for Small and Medium Enterprises
Marketing CWN Consulting Ltd.
Accounting ACCA Hong Kong
Legal Oldham, Li & Nie Lawyers
Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Committee of SME Global Alliance

Please click here to register for the service.  For enquiries, please call 2398 5133.

TID will also be the Strategic Partner of the inaugural Asian E-tailing Summit, a concurrent event to be held with SmartBiz Expo on 6 December 2017.
(For the Summit, admission fee is required)

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SUCCESS Seminars
 

Seminar on "Sales and Branding Strategy: How to Redefine DVP (Distinctive Value Proposition) for Revenue GrowthUse E-Commerce for Overseas Markets' Opportunities"
(9 November, 2017 at Hong Kong Central Library)

This seminar is co-organised by SUCCESS and Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy.  Fierce competition and unstable market conditions are posing challenges to maintaining business growth.  The use of "Distinctive Value Proposition" (DVP) strategy could, however, effectively distinguish an enterprise’s product/service from others and greatly shorten sales cycle, helping enterprises achieve breakthrough.  This seminar will use case studies to illustrate how market leaders are using DVP and customer loyalty strategies to boost sales performance.  (This seminar will be conducted in Cantonese)

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Seminar on "Innovative Talent Training and Development"

(17 November, 2017 at SUCCESS)

Talent training and development has recently become crucial for SMEs to achieve breakthrough amidst various challenges and fierce competition.  With shortage of resources, few time and limited budget, a new way has to be applied for talent training and development.  At the seminar, experts in human resources will explain the importance of innovative training for enabling the success of enterprises, and share with business owners and managerial staff of SMEs innovative training methods which they can immediately make use of in business.  (This seminar will be conducted in Cantonese)

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SUCCESS Supported Activities
 

Seminar on the Policy Address in the Eyes of Entrepreneurs

(13 November, 2017 at HKTDC SME Centre)

This seminar is organised by the Entrepreneur Association.  SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  At the seminar, guest speakers will share their views on the areas of Innovative Technology, New Taxation Proposals and Land Policies of the Policy Address 2017.  (This seminar will be conducted in Cantonese)

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Seminar on Support to the Testing and Certification Industry

(16 November, 2017 at Hong Kong Productivity Council)

This seminar is co-organised by the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification and the Hong Kong Accreditation Service.  SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  This seminar will introduce various schemes and measures implemented by Government departments, public bodies and academic organisations to enhance the competitiveness of the industry.  (This seminar will be conducted in Cantonese)

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IP Manager Training Programme

(7 to 8 December, 2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)

This programme is organised by the Intellectual Property Department. SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  The programme aims to build up the manpower capacity in the businesses, so as to adopt good IP management into their overall business strategy and practice.  (This programme will be conducted in Cantonese with simultaneous interpretation in English)

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The BUD Fund: Enterprise Support Programme


The Enterprise Support Programme (ESP) under the “Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales” (the BUD Fund) provides funding support for individual Hong Kong enterprises to assist them in undertaking projects to develop brands, upgrade and restructure their business operations and promote domestic sales in the Mainland.  The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is the Programme Secretariat.

The ESP will provide funding support for individual enterprises on a matching basis. The Government will cover a maximum of 50% of the total approved project cost and the enterprise has to contribute no less than 50% of the total project cost in cash. During the tenure of the BUD Fund, each enterprise may obtain funding for a maximum of three approved projects. The cumulative funding ceiling per enterprise under the BUD Fund is $500,000.  Non-listed enterprises registered in Hong Kong with substantive business operations in Hong Kong are eligible to apply.
 
To assist enterprises in meeting the financial needs at the start-up of the project, the Government will disburse an initial payment to the enterprise and the enterprise must deposit the equivalent amounts in a designated account opened for the project.  Subsequent payment(s) will be effected on a reimbursement basis upon the acceptance of the required progress/final reports and audited accounts.
 
ESP Simplified Option

Starting from October 2016, applicants may opt not to receive initial payment. Payments will be effected on a reimbursement basis upon the acceptance of the required progress/final reports and audited accounts.  Applicants need not open a designated project account if they opt not to receive initial payment, thereby saving the complicated procedures involved and the project can be carried out the date following the submission of the application. 

ESP Easy – Simplified Application Track
 
Hong Kong enterprises with three years or more substantive business operations in Hong Kong may make use of the "ESP Easy – Simplified Application Track" (“ESP Easy”) to apply for funding to implement specified measures including:
  • participation in Mainland exhibitions;
  • establishment or enhancement of websites or online shops;
  • development or enhancement of mobile applications (apps);
  • placing of advertisements in the Mainland;
  • undertaking testing and certification for products for domestic sales;
  • design and production of physical publicity materials for distribution in the Mainland; and
  • application for registration of patent, trademark, design and utility model in the Mainland.
 
The funding ceiling for each "ESP Easy" project is $200,000, funding would be provided on a matching basis after completion of projects.  Each "ESP Easy" project must be completed within 12 months.

Open to applications all year round

The ESP is open to applications all year round.  Applications will be considered by batches.  The annual batch cut-off dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December respectively (according to the date announced in website)*.

*The application cut-off date in December 2017 will be 29 December 2017.

Seminars and Enquiries

To assist enterprises in grasping the essence of successful applications and drawing on the experience in project implementation, the Programme Secretariat regularly organises seminars in HKPC (HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong).  Upcoming event for November 2017 is as follows:

Date Theme of Seminar
17 November 2017                       BUD “ESP Easy” and “ESP Simplified Option” – Promotion Seminar & Enterprise Consultation

Enterprises are welcome to join the seminar.

For details of ESP, please visit the dedicated website http://www.bud.hkpc.org/en or call 2788 6088 for enquiries.  For past successful cases of ESP, please visit http://www.bud.hkpc.org/sites/default/files/download/BUD_Booklet.pdf.

 

Topical Issues


Video Show of SME Seminars

Interested persons are welcome to visit SUCCESS to view the videos of previous SME seminars.  The broadcast schedule between 9 November and 22 November 2017 is as follows:

Title of Seminar Day of Broadcast Broadcast Time
"Intellectual Property and Cross-Border Commerce Dispute Mediation" Mon, Wed and Fri 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.;
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (replay); and
3:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (replay)

* No broadcast on 17 November
 
"Digital Marketing in a New Era Series (1) – Content Marketing" Tue and Thu 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.;
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (replay); and
3:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (replay)

*The broadcast time for Tue:
9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; and
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (replay)
 
"Civil Service Outstanding Service" Tue 3:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
 
"Implementation of the Basic Law and its influence on Hong Kong’s Development" Tue 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

 

Apart from the above broadcast, interested persons are welcome to visit SUCCESS to view other seminar videos.

Seminar Video List
 

SME Retail Summit 2017: Cutting-edge of Omni-channel - Challenges and Opportunities for SME Retailers

(23 November, 2017 at InnoCentre)

This summit is organized by the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, and sponsored by the SME Development Fund of the Trade and Industry Department.  The summit is the inaugural event of a SME scheme, entitled “Succeeding in new retail normal by seizing e-tailing opportunities”.  Guess speakers will share with SMEs in the retail industry the latest trend of e-commerce and insights of enhancing development in e-tailing business.  (This summit will be conducted in Cantonese)

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SME Management Workshop on "Explore New Market Opportunity"

(27 November, 2017 at HKTDC SME Centre)

This workshop is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.  Guest speaker will discuss how enterprises can formulate effective strategies to explore new market opportunities and make success by innovative ideas.  (This workshop will be conducted in Cantonese)

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Workshop on Enhancing Work Performance and Leadership Skills

(29 November 2017 at Federation of Hong Kong Industries)

This workshop is organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.  The workshop will explore different strategies in performance management, effective coaching skills, and inspiring tactics to help enhance staff’s working performance.  (Admission fee is required.  This workshop will be conducted in Cantonese)

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The Study on SME Dispute Resolution System – Online Questionnaire

This study is conducted by the Joint Mediation Helpline Office and sponsored by the SME Development Fund of the Trade and Industry Department.  The study aims to investigate the common disputes encountered by SMEs and the existing dispute resolution system in order to devise enhanced practices of dispute resolution for SMEs.  SMEs are welcome to participate in the online questionnaire of the study.

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Business News


GDETO Newsletter

The latest issue of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong (GDETO) Newsletter has been published.

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Commercial Information Circulars (CICs) of the Mainland

The Trade and Industry Department issued a number of Commercial Information Circulars (CICs) on the Mainland's trade and economic rules and regulations. The latest CICs have been published. 

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