(Front row, from left) President of Federation of International SME Gary Lo; Founding President of the Hong Kong Greater China SME Alliance Association Jimmy Wan; DHL Express Hong Kong Vice President Commercial Ecila Chan; Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Deputy Executive Director Raymond Yip; SCMP Chief Operating Officer Elsie Cheung; Hong Kong (SME) Economic and Trade Promotion Association Limited Vice President Francis Lee; (back row, from left) SME Committee HKGCC Chairman William Wong; Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises General Association (HKSMEGA) Vice Chairman Albert Lau; Hong Kong SME Development Federation President Edward Lam; SME Global Alliance Limited President Jefferson Wat; Hong Kong SME Economic and Trade Promotion Association Limited Committee Peter Leung; Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises General Association (HKSMEGA) Genercal Manager Pion Lam; and Hong Kong Promotion Association for SME Committee Member Li Yat-chuen; pose for a picture at the SCMP Enterprising Awards Welcoming Luncheon at the Cuisine Royal at Hopewell Centre in Wan Chai. Photo: Bruce Yan Hong Kong’s vibrant small companies and startups are encouraged to participant in a business award unveiled on Tuesday by the South China Morning Post. Entering its second year, the 2015 Enterprising Hong Kong Awards, sponsored by DHL Express Hong Kong, will recognise the outstanding achievements of small and medium sized enterprises and startups in the city. Speaking in a lunch meeting in Wan Chai on Tuesday, Elsie Cheung, SCMP Group’s chief operating officer, said the awards would cultivate the culture of recognising the city’s small companies and startups for their achievements while maintaining sound corporate governance. Raymond Yip, deputy executive director at Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said the South China Morning Post is one of Hong Kong’s most trusted sources of information to foreigners looking for independent and professional news coverage. “The awards mean a lot to the small and medium sized enterprises, especially given by a well-respected news organisation,” said Yip. Hong Kong categorises SMEs as manufacturers with fewer than 100 staff and service firms with fewer than 50 employees. Most of those enterprises in the city are in the import/export business, wholesaling and retailing. Small and medium-sized enterprises are vital to the city’s economy. Roughly 320,000 small businesses were operating in Hong Kong as of December, according to government statistics, supporting about 1.3 million jobs - or about 47 per cent of total employment in the city, excluding the civil service. Yip will be joining the judging panel this year, increasing the number to 8 from 7 last year. The panel is comprised of DHL Express Hong Kong’s Ecila Chan, SCMP business editor Nick Edwards, Platinum Group managing director Liu Chee-ming, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) institutional banking group managing director Alex Cheung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University vice-president Angelina Yuen, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce SME committee chairman Cliff Chan and Hong Kong Productivity Council director of business management Gordon Lo. The SCMP has engaged eleven SME associations in Hong Kong, with an expectation of receiving 50 to 70 nominations from the industry groups. Apart from print coverage, the SCMP will market the event and the participants through its online and social media platforms, as well as its Chinese version. Public nomination will begin in early June and run through the end of July. Finalists of the awards will be announced in middle of September. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on October 15 that will be attended by more than 250 guests. Please email your enquires to email@example.com .