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6 October 2021

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The Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs (SUCCESS) is an information and advisory centre for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) run by the Trade and Industry Department (TID).  If you are looking for free business information and practical consultation services, please visit SUCCESS.

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Our customer hotline is : (852) 2398 5133.

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What's New

Event Calendar of the SME Centres

To enhance the integrated services of the four existing SME Centres, including SUCCESS under the Trade and Industry Department, the "SME Centre" under the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), "SME One" under the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and "TecONE" under the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, SUCCESS has launched an "Event Calendar of the SME Centres" on its website. The Event Calendar facilitates enterprises to obtain information on seminars/workshops/activities organised by the four SME Centres from a single platform, and also provides links to the relevant event web pages to facilitate registration.

Please click here to browse the Event Calendar of the SME Centres.

SUCCESS Activities

In view of the latest development of the epidemic situation, the counter service of SUCCESS has been resumed. Meanwhile, webinars, Customer Hotline (Tel.: (852) 2398 5133) and Email Enquiry ( continue to be operated as usual. On the other hand, in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community, SUCCESS will not provide "Video Show of SME Seminars" for the public until further notice.


Webinar: "Essential Tips on Intellectual Property Registration in the Mainland and Hong Kong"
(This webinar will be live-streamed on 8 October 2021)

To grasp the tremendous opportunities arising from the National 14th Five-Year Plan, many Hong Kong enterprises are considering to explore the Mainland market. It would be essential for them to keep abreast of the latest development of intellectual property system in the Mainland and develop an effective intellectual property management strategy. In this seminar, an intellectual property expert will share the importance of intellectual property registration, important things about intellectual property registration in the Mainland and Hong Kong, and how to handle intellectual property infringement cases. Speaker will also answer frequently asked questions. (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Webinar: "The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) Agreement on Trade in Goods: CEPA Rules of Origin and Certificate of Hong Kong Origin – CEPA"
(This webinar will be live-streamed on 11 October 2021)

The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) is a free trade agreement signed between the Mainland of China and Hong Kong in 2003. Goods of Hong Kong origin for exportation to the Mainland are eligible for preferential tariff treatment under CEPA. For the purpose of claiming zero tariff benefits, every consignment of goods to the Mainland must be manufactured in Hong Kong and complied with the CEPA rules of origin requirements. They must also be accompanied by a Certificate of Hong Kong Origin - CEPA (CO(CEPA)) issued by Trade and Industry Department or one of the Government Approved Certification Organizations. In this seminar, a representative from the Trade and Industry Department will introduce the CEPA rules of origin, explain how to apply for Certificate of Hong Kong Origin – CEPA (CO(CEPA)), and answer some frequently asked questions, with a view to assisting the Hong Kong enterprises to capture the opportunities brought by the National 14th Five-Year Plan. (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Trade and Industry Department / SUCCESS-supported Activities

CIETAC Hong Kong · Dispute Resolution Course for Hong Kong SMEs
(This course will be held at China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Center on 13 October 2021)

This course is organised by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Center. In this course, experts will share case studies on shareholding and cross-border commercial contract disputes, and explain how to handle these disputes. The course will also introduce the characteristics of arbitration and mediation. (This course will be conducted in Cantonese and Putonghua.)

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CEDB Webinar: Hong Kong – Cambodia Partnership

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 2 November 2021)

The webinar is co-organised by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government (CEDB) and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Hong Kong. At this webinar, Government and business leaders from Hong Kong and Cambodia will share their insights on how the two places may provide opportunities to each other in such fields as trade, investment, professional services as well as innovation and technology under the new normalcy when the world is facing unprecedented challenges brought by the pandemic. It will be a valuable opportunity for enterprises, manufacturers, professional services providers, and start-ups to explore business opportunities in the ASEAN and beyond. (The webinar will be conducted in English.)

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Hong Kong Accreditation Services (HKAS)

The testing and certification (T&C) industry has been an important partner of local SMEs. Laboratories and inspection bodies provide testing and inspection services for quality assurance, while certification bodies offer various management system and product certification to help SMEs enhance their products and services.

Hong Kong’s T&C industry is supported by a robust and internationally-recognised accreditation system. “Accreditation” is the third-party recognition of laboratories, certification bodies or inspection bodies for their competence in carrying out specific tasks. It assures that results produced by these bodies are reliable.

Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) of the Innovation and Technology Commission provides accreditation service to T&C bodies through the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS) , Hong Kong Certification Body Accreditation Scheme (HKCAS) and Hong Kong Inspection Body Accreditation Scheme (HKIAS). The accreditation is widely recognised in over 100 economies, including all of Hong Kong's major trading partners. By engaging T&C bodies accredited by HKAS, SMEs can enjoy more dependable services and increase their competitiveness in the global market. Interested parties please click here or contact HKAS at 2829 4840 or

Topical Issues


Support Measures relating to Liquidity

In view of the cash-flow pressure of SMEs, SUCCESS has compiled a summary of support measures relating to liquidity.

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SME ReachOut

Amid difficult business environment, HKPC knows SMEs are in the urgent need of cash to keep business running. The newly established "SME ReachOut" support team is here to help SMEs well equip for bouncing back, through introducing and matching the appropriate funding schemes.

"SME ReachOut", a dedicated service team operated by HKPC, has commenced operation starting from 1 January 2020 to support SMEs through free-of-charge one-on-one meetings. The team would help SMEs identify funding schemes that suit their needs, while answering questions relating to applications.

There are over 40 funding schemes provided by the Government for SMEs, with different funding scopes, amounts and requirements. "SME ReachOut" serves to enhance SMEs' understanding of the Government's funding schemes, with a view to encouraging better utilisation of the support provided by the Government, and to enhancing their competitiveness and development.

For enquiries, please contact "SME ReachOut" Hotline / WhatsApp (Text Message Only) at 2788 6868 or email by

Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales (BUD Fund)

The Trade and Industry Department (TID) has rolled out enhancement measures on the BUD Fund to strengthen support to Hong Kong enterprises in exploring new markets and new business opportunities.

Starting from 30 July 2021, the geographical scope under the BUD Fund has been extended to Japan and Korea, with which Hong Kong has signed Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs).  In addition, the cumulative funding ceiling per enterprise has been increased from $4 million to $6 million.

The geographical scope of the BUD Fund will be further extended by phases to cover all economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and/or IPPAs.  The implementation timetable is as below:

The first quarter of 2022                          Extend the geographical coverage to Austria, Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom
The second quarter of 2022 Extend the geographical coverage to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates

Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) as the BUD Fund Secretariat regularly organises seminars/webinars in order to enhance enterprises' understanding of the BUD Fund.  For details of the BUD Fund, please visit its website ( ) or contact HKPC at 2788 6088. 

HKTDC Research Webinar "The E-Commerce Route into Central Asia"  

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 11 October 2021) 

The webinar is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The COVID‑19 outbreak saw e-commerce taking the centre stage, impelling struggling businesses to try out new sales avenues in both local and overseas markets, including Central Asia. To assist Hong Kong enterprises to familiarise themselves with the market of Central Asia, this webinar will introduce the digital and economic landscape of Kazakhstan, the region’s most advanced and open economy, and also share insights to exploring businesses in Kazakhstan for enterprises to secure success in Central Asia. (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Exploring the “Family Office” (FO) Seminar – From the Multigenerational Transition Process

(19 October 2021 at Federation of Hong Kong Industries) 

The seminar is organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. In the 21st century, the international treasury environment is complex and changeable, and investment requirements are becoming more professional. Many large businesses have to face the problem of inter-generational inheritance. “Family office” has become a hot topic in the city in recent years. At this seminar, a senior banker will share his professional views, experience, and considerations on the organization of family office, including the origin, types, all-round functions of a family office, the current status of family offices in the world, how to organise one’s own family office, setting goals, and finding suitable professional partners. Speaker will also introduce family office's supervision and professional licence requirements in Hong Kong as well as tax considerations on overseas investment.

(Admission fee is required. The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese.)  

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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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