New firms can save time and money
With more international and mainland companies seeking business opportunities in Hong Kong, finding office space amid a limited choice of commercial buildings is not the only concern.
Serviced office providers that can also offer services such as company formation, accounting and advice on doing business here are as valuable to new businesses as the furniture and other facilities that come with their leased premises.
Renting office space requires much capital and resources, but companies now have an option to rent furnished instant offices that include facilities such as conference rooms of different capacity, and services including personal secretarial support, allowing clients to focus on developing their business without worrying about tedious matters.
'We aim at providing a comfortable yet professional environment for our clients,' says Rocky Lai, head of the formation department at SBC International. 'Our business centres are designed to resemble business centres in hotels with our professional setting and customer service officers.'
More office providers are realising that offering services including company formation, trademark registration, documentation, accounting and tax planning give clients added value, particularly when they're new in town. Since company formation requires a high level of cautiousness while handling complex documents, a lack of diligence in this area can cause problems later.
'It is very important for companies to seek advice from trained professionals in order to ensure all their documentation is completed accurately,' Lai says.
Some serviced office providers can take care of their clients' mailing needs by providing registered addresses at desirable locations. 'Self-employed persons and newly set-up companies often find it difficult to seek all-round business advice in establishing their company in Hong Kong or maintaining their business here,' Lai says. 'Our services cater for these as well as established companies looking for one-stop services.'
The increasing emphasis businesses place on enhancing work efficiency and seeking tailor-made services has led to companies providing more innovative services targeted at offices. When it comes to establishing a new company, one-stop services are sought to save time and resources, leaving business owners with more time to do their own work. This also reduces the risk of miscommunication errors made if dealing with various service providers. 'The advantage of one-stop services is that companies no longer have to go to different service providers any more,' Lai says. 'Not only does this save their time and money, companies are also able to rent the conference rooms located in our business centres, while our trained customer services officers and professional staff provide them with the best services and advice.'