Barclays up the wrong tree

Photo: Xinhua

Private banks and indeed financial institutions of various kinds devote a surprising amount of time to churning out surveys of wealthy people’s investing habits, attitudes to risk, and spending.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 9:29pm

Business is blooming for entrepreneurial Beijing florist

Cao Xue is always thinking of new ways to ensure his business in Beijing is coming up roses. Photo: SCMP

After nearly a decade of hard work and literally digging in for the long haul, everything is coming up roses for Cao Xue, a 26-year-old florist in Beijing who has carved out a niche for himself in the industry. Cao specialises in weddings, parties and galas. He opens up about how the mainland flower business has slowly developed over the years but continues to lag behind other countries.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:19am

Monday Face: Lui Che-woo

Chariman of K Wah Group and Galaxy Entertainment Group, Lui Che-woo at last year's Galaxy Macau Resort opening. Photo: Jonathan Wong

If you are not familiar with the industry, don't do the business - so goes the Chinese idiom intended as a warning to potential entrepreneurs not to start a business in unfamiliar industry and so avoid failure.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:51pm

Smart money

Smart money

Sites for the entrepreneur in recession and retirement.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Hong Kong entrepreneur profited from trading in Africa

Many Hongkongers went to Lagos in Nigeria to run manufacturing companies and restaurants, or traded in textiles. Photo: AP

Jimmy Chan Chi-ming was among the thousands of enterprising Hongkongers who were ahead of China's rush into Africa. A million Chinese moved there during the past 10 years as China overtook the United States and Europe to become the continent's largest trading partner.

23 Aug 2012 - 3:38am

More to it than just luck

Serviced offices are particularly useful for start-up companies, providing an upmarket address, ready-made facilities on flexible terms, and making upgrading or downsizing easy.

With its worldwide network of more than 1,200 offices in 520 cities, Regus has been in touch with aspiring entrepreneurs for more than 20

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Recognition for bold and visionary leaders

Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit in China, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 China Awards recognise successful leaders of enterprises who are bold and visionary.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

It takes competitiveness away from Hong Kong as a place for high-level businesspeople

Entrepreneur Allan Zeman on the shortage of international schools in Hong Kong

New media has opened a new political era

Liu Ruisheng, managing editor of an official report on new media, says the US is trying to influence public opinion in China via new media

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Crucial change in thinking

Most people choose a profession at a tender age, prodded by their families to go the traditional route. This, however, doesn't mean that one cannot try something else later, whether it is right after graduation, in mid-life or even after retirement.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Shares were worth 26 years' pay, court told

Shares in Eco-Tek that entrepreneur Lily Chiang Lai-lei gave her assistant in 2001 were equal to 26 years' salary, the District Court heard. Prosecutor Simon Westbrook SC said the shares - which were sold for HK$5 million after Eco-Tek listed - seemed 'a lot of gratitude'.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Dress up for the party

Industry insiders offer their ideas on how to make Hong Kong Fashion Week bigger and better:

Jimmy Chan, entrepreneur 'Start venturing out and setting up Hong Kong World boutiques at other fashion weeks to showcase our talent. This would bring back important journalists and retailers.'

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

The numbers add up

An aptitude for numbers and early exposure to the family business might have predestined Dennis Tam Chi-wai for a senior executive role, but his path was by no means direct. After studying in Canada, the group finance director at Melco International Development first worked at a Vancouver area supplier of fireplaces before starting a magazine and working in local radio in his spare time.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Board game enthusiast invests in his passion

Shen Xiaomo, 24, quit his well-paid job as an auditor in an international accounting firm in Shanghai last autumn and moved to Beijing, where he opened the Backyard, a popular board-game bar tucked in the quiet Dajiangfang Hutong.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Josh

I'm from a very 'normal' nuclear family, but my girlfriend's parents are divorced. My mother told me I should be careful dating girls from 'broken families' because they have trust issues, but we've been together for two years and it's been smooth sailing.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Perseverance pays off for entrepreneurs

Stewart Thornhill is a professor in strategy and entrepreneurship at Richard Ivey School of Business. Based in Ontario, he is a regular visitor to Asia, running lectures and seminars on entrepreneurship at the Richard Ivey School in Hong Kong.

What character traits do successful entrepreneurs tend to display?

13 May 2009 - 12:00am