Five small and medium-sized enterprises shine in Enterprising HK Awards
Winners in the second year of SCMP Enterprising Hong Kong Awards range from financial tech and lighting to health food and baby skincare
Five local enterprises from diverse backgrounds ranging from financial technology to health food won the 2015 Enterprising Hong Kong Awards on Thursday, a programme honouring Hong Kong's most promising small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that is entering its second year.
Created by the South China Morning Post and sponsored by DHL Express, the awards this year recognised the best of the best in entrepreneurship, innovation, export, branding and corporate social responsibility among Hong Kong's SMEs, defined as manufacturers with fewer than 100 staff members and services firms with fewer than 50 employees.
"SMEs contribute to more than 50 per cent of Hong Kong's GDP, and 1.3 million jobs, or 40 per cent, of the total working population of the city," said Robin Hu, chief executive of the SCMP Group.
To the founders and managers of the 20 finalists for the five award categories at yesterday's awards ceremony, he said: "I say you are the true bedrock of Hong Kong's world-class business engine, and it is your collective effort that makes Hong Kong one of the shiniest trade-capitals of not only China, but the world."
Infocast, a vendor of financial information technology products and services founded in 1996, won the Innovation Excellence Award for its one-stop trading platform and cloud solutions. Alex Cheung, its director of platform strategy, said: "With the stock connect schemes, our system is of particular help to smaller brokerage firms that cannot afford their own IT departments."
Advance Bright, the company behind the Ye!! brand of portable speakers and phone accessories featuring colourful designs, received the Export Excellence Award. Its managing director Felix Chan said: "Our products are available in 40 countries including the UK, Australia, and Japan, but we put 'Designed in Hong Kong' on them. We are very proud to be a Hong Kong brand."
Anything But Salads, a superfood provider co-founded by Calista Goh and Noel Tuan, won the Brand Excellence Award for new health food options it has created for the city's millennials, such as chocolate with ganoderma that is a fusion of modern Western snacks and ancient Asian herbal remedies.
Wessen, founded by Dr Thomas Su, received the Corporate Social Responsibility award for its organic baby skincare products under the brand of Swissnatürlich.
Derek Wu, an engineer-turned entrepreneur, received the Young Entrepreneur Award for growing his company Future Lighting Collection to become the exclusive distributor of lighting brands such as Philips.