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6 Things You Need To Prepare Before Starting a Business in Hong Kong



Business in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s business hubs. The former British colony has a thriving tech and business sector, that attracts professionals from all over the world. In addition, due to the city’s rising population, it is a great place for business start-ups– there is a massive market there. If you want to start a business in Hong Kong, then you do need to do your research and prepare first. With so much competition, it’s fair to say that starting up there isn’t easy.

This article will tell you six things you need to know and prepare before starting a business in Hong Kong:


The first step when starting a business in Hong Kong is no different from starting a business anywhere else in the world: Registration. If you don’t register your business, then you won’t be able to pay your taxes. Tax evasion is a serious crime. In the words of the business specialists from, the first thing that you need to do is to register with the Companies Registry to get limited company status. Then, you have to register with Hong Kong’s Business Registration Office. Once you have done both of these things, you are able to operate in Hong Kong. Before you register your business, you need to plan out what you are going to name it. This is because you will have to register your business in its name.


The next thing that you need to do is to carefully research Hong Kong’s business scene. As already mentioned, Hong Kong has a thriving business sector, with a variety of different industries flourishing there. Researching will give you an opportunity to see which industries are doing best. You should already have an idea about what industry your business is going to operate in prior to registering it but be sure to continue researching it after registration is complete. Industries evolve and change. By constantly educating yourself, you stay ahead of any changes and know everything that there is to know about yours.


Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Will you be offering business services to the city’s 7.842 million residents or will you be basing yourself in Hong Kong and offering services internationally? Before you can open your business, you need to have an idea about who your audience is and how you are going to reach them. If you can’t pinpoint your audience then you need to go back to the start and redo your initial business plan. If you are going to offer Hong Kong’s residents your services, how are you going to reach them?

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A mission statement is very important. If your business doesn’t have a mission statement, then you could have trouble finding investors or employees, especially in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s business world is very formal. All businesses are expected to have a mission statement. A mission statement provides your business’s investors, customers, and employees with a vision for your company’s future. Mission statements also direct growth. They give employees the opportunity to think about how their actions will impact and shape their business. Customers and investors can also do the same. Mission statements are especially useful if you want to attract investors.


How are you going to fund your new business venture? One thing that can be confidently said about Hong Kong is that it isn’t cheap. Unless you already own property in Hong Kong, how are you going to buy or lease a base for your business? Most people rely on investors to fund their businesses. How are you going to attract investors? One very effective way of sourcing investors is to use a crowdfunding platform. Alternatively, you can use a platform where investors are able to buy shares in your business by funding your business venture.


Finally, you need to plan out your business’s marketing. Hong Kong is not short on marketing agencies, so you can outsource this aspect of your business’s creation and management. If you want to manage it yourself then you can use influencers, social media, and content marketing. All three of these solutions are by far the marketing world’s most effective (currently). Marketing trends do change and shift rapidly, however, so it’s worth subscribing to a few business journals and magazines so that you can learn about new marketing solutions as soon as they are developed and promoted. Search engine optimization is also essential for your website.

Starting a business is an effective way of reclaiming your future and ensuring that you achieve financial independence. Hong Kong is a very competitive business environment, so it can be difficult to start a business there if you don’t properly plan and factor in all of this article’s guidance. Bear this in mind.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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Sterling Bank Assures Shareholders More Value With New Structure



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Recently, shareholders of Sterling Bank Plc authorised the board of the company to transform its organizational structure into a holding firm to be known as Sterling Financial Holdings Company.

A holding company or Holdco is a company set up for the purpose of making and managing, for its own account, equity investment in two or more companies, being its subsidiaries, engaged in the provision of financial services, one of which must be a bank.

The Chief Executive of Sterling Bank, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said with the new arrangement, shareholders would have value for their money as the company would have the opportunity to increase its income streams because of its involvement in new ventures.

He disclosed that the advantages of the newly formed holding company include value creation to maximise earnings through new businesses, agility to optimise for opportunities and adapt to a rapidly changing market, maximise current and future talent potential with opportunities within the group and subsidiaries to nurture and engage its wealth of young and innovative talent.

According to him, the holding company also affords Sterling another opportunity to leverage its successful HEART strategy, which has seen the bank make consolidated investments in the Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Transportation sectors, growing the company’s year-on-year profits to record highs despite strong economic headwinds.

With the adoption of a Holdco structure, Sterling now possesses the latitude to make inroads into other sectors within financial services, such as pensions, asset management, payment services, real estate, and different verticals, along with the current banking licenses held by the commercial and non-interest banking subsidiaries, Sterling Bank and The Alternative Bank.

In recent times, the bank has doubled down on digitisation with specialised products through the development and introduction of Specta, OneBank, I-invest, Gazelle and Omni X to fulfil the market’s needs for innovative retail and commercial banking solutions.

On his part, the Chairman of Sterling Bank, Mr Asue Ighodalo, said, “Following the implementation of the scheme, shareholders will exchange their shares in the Bank for shares in HoldCo in the same proportion as their current holdings in the Bank, which will be a regulated entity for CBN purposes.”

He added that the scheme would provide several benefits to the shareholders of the bank, some of which include facilitating diversification into other permissible business lines, thereby promoting growth and enhancing shareholder value and facilitating a consolidated financial strength of the group, which will improve access and ability to raise capital.

It was gathered that upon the final ratification by the regulators, the commercial banking subsidiary of the holding company, Sterling Bank; will continue to operate with its current name as a limited liability company, with shares transferred from the publicly traded company transferred to the newly formed Sterling Financial Holdings Company.

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Friesland Extends NASD OTC Securities Growth by 0.98%



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By Adedapo Adesanya

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc extended the bulls’ presence at the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange by 0.98 per cent on Tuesday, September 27.

This expanded the market capitalisation of the bourse by N9.38 billion to N963.94 billion from N954.56 billion and jerked the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) up by 3.19 basis points to end the day at 762.12 points as against the 765.31 points it recorded in the previous session.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc appreciated yesterday by N4.90 to sell at N78.00 per unit compared to the N73.10 per unit it was transacted a day earlier.

Despite the growth posted yesterday by the NASD OTC securities, there was a price loser and it was Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc, which declined by N1.00 to settle at N199.00 per share compared with Monday’s value of N198.00 per share.

During the session, there was a rise in the volume of securities traded by 408.8 per cent to 189,296 units from the 37,205 units transacted by market participants in the preceding session.

In the same pattern, there was a rise in the value of shares traded by 129.1 per cent to N6.2 million from the N2.7 million recorded on Monday.

These transactions were completed in 18 deals, the same amount of deals carried out in the previous trading session.

At the close of trades, AG Mortgage Bank Plc was the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with the sale of 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc stood in second place with 687.6 million units worth N14.3 billion, and Mixta Real Estate Plc was in third place with 178.1 million units worth N313.4 million.

The most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis was CSCS Plc with the sale of 687.6 million units worth N14.3 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 27.7 million units valued at N7.4 billion, as FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 14.3 million units valued at N1.7 billion.

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Naira Appreciates at P2P, Falls at I&E, Stable at Black Market



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By Adedapo Adesanya

The value of the Naira appreciated against the United States currency in the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment of the foreign exchange market on Tuesday by N2 to close at N740/$1 compared with the previous day’s value of N742/$1.

However, it depreciated against the American Dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the FX market yesterday by 33 Kobo or 0.08 per cent to trade at N436.33/$1 in contrast to Monday’s value of N436.00/$1.

Data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange disclosed that the value of forex transactions recorded at the spot market yesterday went up by 27.31 per cent or $21.33 million to $99.43 million from the $78.10 million reported a day earlier.

In the interbank segment of the market, the Naira closed flat against the Pound Sterling at N463.96/£1 and against the Euro, it also remained unchanged at N416.15/€1 on Tuesday.

In the same vein, the exchange rate of the local currency paired with the greenback closed flat at the parallel market yesterday at N722/$1.

Meanwhile, the digital currency market was bearish yesterday, with Bitcoin (BTC) falling below the $20,000 mark again after it managed to rise above that level a day earlier.

On Tuesday, its value went down by 6.5 per cent to close at $18,765.50 as Ripple (XRP) recorded a 10.1 per cent slump to trade at $0.4282.

Ethereum (ETH) saw its value go down by 6.9 per cent to sell at $1,284.29, Solana (SOL) recorded a 6.5 per cent slide to quote at $32.44, Cardano (ADA) recorded a 5.6 per cent decline to settle at $0.4312, Binance Coin (BNB) shed 5.1 per cent to sell for $270.03, Litecoin (LTC) went down by 5.0 per cent to trade at $52.07, and Dogecoin (DOGE) saw a 4.5 per cent slump to trade $0.0594.

But Binance USD and the US Dollar Tether (USDT) closed flat at $1.00.a

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