Hong Kong Productivity Council opens business support centre for SMEs
The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) officially opens SME One, a centre that offers comprehensive support to local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Since operation commences in July, SME One has received over 5,000 visitors and 1,000 enquiries. According to HKPC, SME One features four business information zones, namely ‘SME Support Schemes’, ‘SME Banking and Financing’, ‘HKPC SME Support Programmes’ and ‘IT and Cloud Computing Applications’.
Trained ambassadors are on hand to advise on various support and funding schemes. In addition, SMEs can seek HKPC experts’ advice through SME One’s free face-to-face consultation and online enquiry services. “In line with HKPC’s pledge to ‘go the extra mile’ for businesses, SME One offers a one-stop platform with comprehensive support for SMEs,” said Clement Chen, Chairman of HKPC.
“It provides information on SME support schemes of Hong Kong and the Mainland governments as well as various technology and management solutions to enhance business efficiency and competitiveness. Most importantly, we offer ‘hand-holding’ guide to SMEs to identify and apply for support schemes that best suit their needs.”
Introducing SME One’s services, Agnes Mak, Executive Director of HKPC, said, “At present, Hong Kong and Pearl river Delta (PRD) governments as well as various business support bodies are offering 31 SME support and funding schemes. They cover different stages of development of local SMEs, from start-up to business consolidation, upgrading and expansion. Businesses can gather these information from SME One in one go.” SME One is located on the ground floor of HKPC Building and opens from 10am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. More information can be obtained from the website: www.smeone.org