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27 July 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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What's New

Events & Activities of the SME Link

To enhance the integrated services of the four existing SME Centres, including the SUCCESS under the TID, 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, the TID has established a web portal called "SME Link" for SMEs to access and search comprehensive information and support services from a single online platform.  The "Events & Activities" of the SME Link facilitates enterprises to obtain information on SMEs related seminars/workshops/activities, including those 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 Events & Activities of the SME Link.

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 “Hong Kong’s Export Outlook and Supports for Exporters”
(This webinar will be live-streamed on 29 July 2022)

With the complicated international situation, rising inflation, tightening monetary policy, and persisting pandemic, the economic and trade performance of Hong Kong and many other economies are greatly affected, the credit risk faced by exporters has also increased.  In this webinar, expert will share an insight on Hong Kong’s 2022 mid-year export performance.  A representative from the Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation is also invited to introduce their services and supportive measures provided to exporters, and answer some frequently asked questions, with a view to assisting enterprises to seize the business opportunities and expand business.  (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Trade and Industry Department / SUCCESS-supported Activities

5G Symposium: 5G’s Role for Tomorrow’s Smart City and Living
(This symposium will be held on 29 July 2022 at Hong Kong Science Park)

This symposium is organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.  SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  In this symposium, speakers will share the challenges and business opportunities for the Hong Kong electronics industry in the 5G era.  (This symposium will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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SME ReachOut "Get FUND with ease" Webinar Series: BUD Form-filling Workshop with Application Tactics
(This webinar will be live-streamed on 11 August 2022)

In this webinar, SME ReachOut will share the application tips, form-filling tactics and sharing of successful cases of Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales (BUD Fund) under the newly introduced “Get FUND with ease” webinar series.  This webinar aims to assist enterprises to grasp the essentials of BUD Fund application, save efforts when preparing funding application, with a view to expanding their business overseas.  (This webinar will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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Course "Metaverse Series: Blockchain Technologies and Applications"
(This course will be held on 28 September 2022 at Hong Kong Productivity Council)

This course is offered by the Hong Kong Productivity Council.  SUCCESS is one of the supporting organisations.  This course will introduce the blockchain technology and its latest market trend, including NFT (Non-fungible token), DApp (Decentralized Application) and DeFi (Decentralized Finance), etc.  Relevant business cases will also be shared in the course.  (Admission fee is required.  This course will be conducted in Cantonese.)

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2022 Guangdong/Hong Kong Seminar on Intellectual Property and Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (Online)

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 12 August 2022)

This webinar is jointly organised by the Intellectual Property Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Guangdong Administration for Market Regulation (Guangdong Intellectual Property Administration).  Under the theme of "Promote the Development of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry and the Greater Bay Area through IP Trading", the webinar aims to assist SMEs in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong to formulate effective intellectual property (IP) strategies to strengthen their IP protection and management capacity (such as IP commercialisation) with a view to better leveraging the opportunities brought about by the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to promote their innovative development and enhance their competitiveness in the international markets.  (This webinar will be conducted in Putonghua.)

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Further 90-day repayment deferment to end-October 2022 for trade facilities under the Pre-approved Principal Payment Holiday Scheme (the Scheme)

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), together with the Banking Sector SME Lending Coordination Mechanism (the Mechanism), announced on 19 July 2022 a further 90-day repayment deferment for trade facilities under the Scheme until the end of October 2022, when the whole Scheme will expire.  The HKMA and the Mechanism will then conduct a holistic review and decide on the way forward for the whole Scheme.

Corporate customers participating in the repayment deferment for trade facilities under the Scheme can extend trade facilities falling due between August and October 2022 for a further 90 days.  Eligible corporate customers can also apply for a 90-day extension of trade facilities drawn down from May 2022 to the end of July 2022.  For facilities which are self-liquidating in nature, banks may require the loan to be settled when the customer has received the underlying payment.  For trade loans which have been successively extended for 270 days or more since first being drawn down, banks may adopt a flexible approach and consider whether other forms of relief are more suitable to help the customers ride out the current difficulties on a case-by-case basis, subject to prudent risk management principles.

The Mechanism encourages customers that are financially capable and willing to resume some principal repayment in exchange for greater certainty to their future repayment schedule to take up the partial principal repayment option pursuant to the HKMA’s guidance of 23 February 2022.  For trade facilities, banks may discuss with customers having regard to their actual circumstances and allow them to repay the amount due by regular instalments over a period of two years.

For enquiries about the Scheme, please contact the HKMA via the dedicated email account ( or enquiry hotline (2878 1199).  For relevant press release, please visit

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


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

The Trade and Industry Department (TID) has rolled out an enhancement to the BUD Fund on 27 June 2022.

To further support enterprises in making use of the better protection afforded by Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) to develop more diversified markets, the geographical scope of the BUD Fund has been extended with an addition of two economies with which Hong Kong has signed IPPAs, namely Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

The geographical scope of the BUD Fund has been extended, in three phases since July 2021, from 20 economies with which Hong Kong has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to cover 37 economies1 with which Hong Kong has signed FTAs and/or IPPAs.

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) as the BUD Fund implementation partner 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 the HKPC at 2788 6088.


1Besides the two newly added economies of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the other 35 economies covered under the BUD Fund are 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 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (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.

Corruption Prevention Advisory Service (CPAS) of ICAC

A good governance system is vital for SMEs' effective operation, and can help sustain their company image and hence counterparts' confidence in doing business with them.  The Corruption Prevention Department of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has launched the Corruption Prevention Advisory Service (CPAS).  The CPAS is a specialised unit dedicated to providing tailor-made, free and confidential corruption prevention advice on system control in common business areas such as procurement and staff administration.  Enterprises can access its user-friendly web portal ( for details of the services and to get timely and useful resources on corruption prevention such as staff code of conduct, corruption prevention guides and tools, case studies, quick tips and red flags.

To receive regular updates on corruption prevention, please click here to subscribe to the CPAS e-news.


Free IP Consultation Service

The Intellectual Property Department (IPD), supported by the Law Society of Hong Kong, now provides FREE One-On-One IP Consultation Service for SMEs.  To obtain more information and/or apply for the Service, please visit IPD's dedicated website "Hong Kong - The IP Trading Hub":

Webinar "Sustainable Finance for Hong Kong’s Post-Covid SMEs"

(This webinar will be live-streamed on 18 August 2022)

The webinar is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.  The COVID-19 outbreak gave a wake up call on the global supply chain for businesses, including SMEs who are the backbone of the world economy, causing them to recalibrate their supply chain strategies and shift to a more sustainable approach by incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.  This webinar will focus on the ways in which SMEs can make good use of ESG financing solutions to develop sustainability‑related projects for generating measurable, beneficial social or environmental impacts alongside positive financial returns.  (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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