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15 June 2022

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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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Event Calendar of the SME Centres

To enhance the integrated services of the four existing SME Centres, including the SUCCESS under the Trade and Industry Department, the "SME Centre" under the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the "SME One" under the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the "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

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 minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community, SUCCESS has suspended "Video Show of SME Seminars" for the public until further notice.


Webinar “Introduction to Online Marketing Regulations in the Mainland”
(This webinar will be live-streamed on 17 June 2022)

Many Hong Kong enterprises have often encountered problems in expanding their e-Commerce businesses in the Mainland of China as they are not familiar with the relevant laws and regulations.  In this seminar, an e-marketing expert will introduce the latest regulations on We-Media platforms, e-Commerce platforms and advertising in the Mainland.  The expert will also explain how Hong Kong enterprises and key opinion leaders (KOLs) could protect their interests while doing online marketing in the Mainland, share real-life examples and answer some frequently asked questions.  (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Trade and Industry Department / SUCCESS-supported Activities

“HKMA Leadership and Management Seminar Series 2”

(This seminar will be held at Hong Kong Management Association and live-streamed on 17 June 2022)

This seminar is organised by the Hong Kong Management Association.  SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  In this seminar, enterprise representative will share on how the traditional business is reshaped by digitalisation and robotics applications.  (This seminar will be conducted in English.)

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SME ReachOut “vMega Outreach Day”
(This activity will be conducted online from 28 to 30 June 2022)

“SME ReachOut” will hold a three-day long online event, “vMega Outreach Day 2022” from 28 to 30 June, with a view to matching SMEs and startups with suitable funding schemes and helping them tackle the challenges they are facing in their business operations.  SME ReachOut will collaborate with various funding scheme implementation agents and “vClinics” of the InnoPreneur vPlatform to offer a series of webinars, sharing sessions and one-on-one consultations in this event.  No admission fee is required.

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Webinar “Recommended Model Contractual Clauses for Cross-border Transfers of Personal Data”

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 27 June 2022)

This webinar is organised by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD).  Given the increasing digitalisation in the handling of personal data and globalisation of business operations in recent years, the challenges and complexities encountered by local enterprises in cross-border data transfers are set to mount.  Against this background, PCPD is organising a webinar to introduce the “Recommended Model Contractual Clauses (RMCs) for Cross-border Transfer of Personal Data”.  The RMCs serve to help enterprises meet the requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and good data ethics in transferring clients’ personal data to places outside Hong Kong.  (Admission fee is required.  This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

Please click here for details and registration.

Seminar on the Minimum Wage Ordinance

(6 July 2022 at the Hall of the Mei Foo Community Hall)

This seminar is organised by the Labour Department.  The seminar will introduce the main provisions of the Minimum Wage Ordinance as well as family-friendly employment practices.  Employers, employees and human resources practitioners are welcome to attend.  (This seminar will be conducted in Cantonese and admission is free.  Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and the enrolment deadline is 24 June 2022.)

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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area High-value Patent Portfolio Layout Competition 2022 is now open for application

This Competition is co-organised by the Guangdong Administration for Market Regulation (Guangdong Intellectual Property Administration), the Intellectual Property Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, the Economic and Technological Development Bureau of the Government of the Macao SAR, and the People’s Government of Foshan Municipality.  The Competition is now open for application.  Application deadline is 20 June 2022.

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 “Maker in China” SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Contest 2022 - Hong Kong Chapter

“Maker in China” SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Contest, focally directed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT), is an annual global contest aiming at connecting innovative technologies with enterprises, innovation and technology (I&T) projects with industrial parks, marketing operation with government policies, and facilitating collaborative innovation in the industry and industrial upgrading.

The Hong Kong Chapter of the Contest was first held in 2018. Since 2019, the Hong Kong Chapter has been organised by the SME Development Promotion Centre of the MIIT, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Department of Youth Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR and the China International Cooperation Association of SMEs.

The Contest covers a number of innovative and technology areas, including Fintech, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Internet of Things, Next Generation Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedicine, New Materials, New Energy, Energy Saving and Environmental Protection, Smart Living and Mobility, and Digital Entertainment with eSports Software.  The top 10 finalists of Hong Kong Chapter will have 1-on-1 business matching sessions with investors and enterprises from the Mainland.  The Champion, First Runner-up and Second runner-up will represent Hong Kong to participate in the Global Final Contest to be held in the Mainland, to compete for support to enter the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area market, including business matching with the Mainland investors, establishing a presence in the Mainland entrepreneurship communities and achieving technology transfer.

The Hong Kong Chapter 2022 is tentatively scheduled for 19 August 2022 at Cyberport.  The enrolment is opened from 1 June 2022 to 8 July 2022.  For details, please visit OGCIO’s webpage at and the thematic website at


The 2022 Award Scheme for Learning Experiences under Qualifications Framework opens for applications

The 2022 Award Scheme for Learning Experiences under the Qualifications Framework (QF) (Award Scheme) is open for applications from 7 June to 15 August 2022.  Practitioners from 23 industries implementing the QF (see Annex) are welcome to apply.

The theme for the 2022 Award Scheme is "New Experiences and Broadened Horizons".  The Award Scheme aims to encourage practitioners who have excelled themselves in continuous learning to broaden their horizons through engaging in learning activities held locally or around the world, enabling them to keep abreast of the latest developments of the industry and extend their exposure and networks, thereby realising their personal and career goals.  The Award Scheme subsidises practitioners to participate in learning activities and helps reinforce their dedication to lifelong learning.  Through continuous learning, they are able to upgrade their knowledge and skills, become lifelong learning role models for their respective industries, and help promote the QF.

The learning activities in which practitioners can participate under the Award Scheme include competitions, seminars, sharing sessions, exhibitions, and study tours.  Awardees engaging in local learning activities will receive an award of $10,000 while those engaging in learning activities outside Hong Kong will receive an award of $30,000.  In view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual participation in learning activities will also be considered.  Discretion will also be exercised to adopt a more flexible approach when considering cases involving changes to awardees’ form of participating in learning activities as a result of the pandemic.

For details, please visit the Award Scheme’s website at and Facebook page at  For relevant press release, please visit


Meeting the "BRANDers" – Dr. Ellis Wong

To encourage and assist Hong Kong enterprises in developing their own brands and promoting their brands in the Mainland and overseas markets, TID conducts interviews with famous local brands and branding experts so as to share their success stories and business strategies with the industries.  TID has earlier on interviewed Dr Ellis Wong, CEO of Kiu Fung Hong Limited, to understand his philosophy in business management and the key success factors for brand development.

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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) rolled out enhancement to the BUD Fund on 14 February 2022.

To further support enterprises in developing more diversified markets, effective from 14 February 2022, the geographical scope of the BUD Fund has been further extended to 13 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements, including Austria, Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  Currently, the geographical scope of the BUD Fund covers a total of 35 economiesnote 1.  The final phase of enhancement, with the geographical scope to be further extended to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, will be implemented in the second quarter of 2022.

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

Upcoming event of BUD Fund for June 2022 is as follows:

 Date  Theme of Seminar
 28 June 2022  BUD Fund (Enhanced Mainland + FTA and IPPA Programmes) –Webinar on Application / Implementation

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Enterprises are welcome to join the webinar.

note 1The 35 economies currently covered under the BUD Fund include the Mainland, New Zealand, the four member states of the European Free Trade Association (i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), Chile, Macao, the ten member states of the ASEAN (comprising Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), Georgia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Austria, Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.


HKTDC Research Seminar “Exploring the Metaverse: Business Convergence” (Webinar)

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 27 July 2022)

The webinar is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.  The rise of the metaverse has brought challenges to traditional business models and enterprises’ value propositions.  This webinar will explore how Hong Kong companies can navigate their own digital journey with the help of Asia’s largest cryptocurrency platform and NFT collector.  (This webinar 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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