The launch of high-speed 4G services will help remove limits on internet use in Asia and give smaller businesses greater outreach to customers, according to industry experts.Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 5:33am
Fleur Pellerin, France's minister for small and medium-sized enterprises, innovation and digital economy, said the country had brought in measures to address the current economic crisis and was increasingly attractive to investors.5 Apr 2013 - 5:10am
The changes to the Companies Registry, set to start next year, will also hinder researchers studying possible collusion between officials and industry power brokers, academics say.27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 3 comments
Entrepreneurs face what initially appears to be a dilemma. They can maintain the status quo, striving to build their business in the traditional markets that they know and trust, or they can venture into new territory, tackling the host of logistical, financial and cultural challenges that entails.24 Jan 2013 - 5:24am
The main focus of last week's policy address was on increasing residential land supply, which was entirely expected as much of the government's activity and key policy announcements have been directed towards the residential market.23 Jan 2013 - 4:47am
Economists from the International Monetary Fund have joined critics in warning that China may be overindulging in its investment binge, with potentially dangerous consequences, economically and socially.5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am
At best the new government plan to cool housing prices has only a small chance of success. But for those of us at the battered end of the small and medium enterprise spectrum, it is not only a failure but one that is producing damaging effects.
This is because the iron rule of unintended consequences has already kicked in.12 Nov 2012 - 2:31am
Business sentiment among Hong Kong's small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has improved this quarter from the third quarter but remains pessimistic, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong SME leading business index shows.
Growth in the city's gross domestic product will rebound significantly next year, Standard Chartered senior economist Kelvin Lau predicted.18 Oct 2012 - 4:47am
Pan-democrats would oppose a government proposal to exclude more companies from the competition bill and would seek to bring statutory bodies under the control of the law, a legislator said yesterday.25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
HSBC is offering free business information and tips to small and medium-sized enterprises worldwide in a bid to draw more loan applications ahead of an expected slowdown in commercial loan growth this year.14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
The government has made two key changes to its competition bill, hoping to remove the final political hurdles to its passage in the legislature by July.6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Traditionally, Hong Kong's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have viewed corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives as mere public relations exercises. The Hong Kong Business Sustainability Index (HKBSI) launched last month may just change that attitude.24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
The government is considering further changes to the long-awaited competition bill to exclude more small and medium-sized businesses from its provisions.
Under the latest draft of the bill, firms with a turnover of less than HK$11 million will be exempt. But business groups say this figure is too low, and some want a turnover threshold of HK$500 million.11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
The central government will set up a 15 billion yuan (HK$18.45 billion) fund as part of a package of measures to avoid widespread closures of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) amid the uncertain global economic climate.8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Zhang Zhenfeng, who owns a street-side photo-print shop in Beijing, says he has never been happier with business conditions than in the past couple of months.
'I used to pay a monthly tax of some 800 yuan (HK$983). And it was a fixed rate,' he said. 'I had to pay it whether I had business or not. Now I just have to pay around 100 yuan.'20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am