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 sleek.com/hk/resources/hong-kong-business-registration-number-vs-company-registration-number/, 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?
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.
Binance Gets Digital Asset Service Provider Licence in France
By Adedapo Adesanya
Binance, the world’s largest crypto and blockchain infrastructure provider, has been granted a Digital Asset Service Provider (DASP) registration to operate in France.
The green light was given by Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), which regulates the French financial markets, with the approval of the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR), the authority responsible for supervising the banking and insurance sectors in France, especially AML Regulations.
The landmark achievement for Binance represents its first DASP registration in the European Union and demonstrates its commitment to being a compliance-first exchange.
The registration allows Binance France SAS to operate as a DASP in France and provides regulatory protection for local users with regard to the implementation of French AML/CFT and customer identification requirements.
This came just after the platform received licenses to be a crypto service provider in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, a key milestone for the world’s largest digital-asset exchange as it set up the stage for a major push in the Middle East.
According to Binance, compliance and regulation are critical to the development and maturation of the crypto and blockchain industry.
Mr Changpeng Zhao (CZ), founder and CEO of Binance, said: “Effective regulation is essential for the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency. The French DASP and AML/CFT regulations put in place stringent anti-money laundering and fit and proper requirements to meet the high standards necessary to be regulated in France.”
“We are grateful to the AMF and ACPR who both demonstrated a commitment to innovation that made it possible for Binance to navigate the entire application process. Since day one, Binance has always put its users first, and now the crypto community can have even further confidence in Binance France as a trusted DASP registered in France,” he added.
Mr David Princay, CEO of Binance France added, “The registration of Binance France as a DASP is a key milestone for crypto in Europe. In particular, the new levels of protection for AML will help grow crypto adoption in France and Europe. Greater adoption will help bring better liquidity to the market which will be welcomed by users and the community in particular.”
Following the registration, Binance will significantly expand its operations and intends to recruit more people focused on cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure development.
We’ll Sustain High Level of Corporate Governance—Seplat
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The immediate past chairman of Seplat Energy Plc, Mr Ambrosie Bryant Chukwueloka (ABC) Orjiako, has assured that the company will continue to sustain a high level of corporate governance.
Speaking last Thursday at the closing gong ceremony to honour him and introduce his successor, Mr Basil Omiyi, to the market, the energy expert applauded the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited for insisting on transparent and accountable corporate governance for issuers on its platform.
According to him, this has been critical to the company’s growth, assuring that this trend would be maintained in the interest of the firm’s stakeholders.
“The high level of corporate governance promoted by NGX for its listed companies was a key attribute that motivated Seplat Energy Plc to become part of the market.
“Since our acceptance into the market, Seplat Energy Plc has continued to deliver a corporate governance structure that is accountable and transparent to our investors, employees, government and all other relevant stakeholders.
“We are committed to sustaining these high levels of corporate governance through our collaboration with NGX as we implement market-leading measures towards ensuring Nigeria achieves a sustainable energy sector,” he said.
Corroborating him, Mr Omiyi, said, “NGX has played an instrumental role in Seplat Energy Plc’s growth within the domestic and international markets. Our history with the exchange dates back to 2014 when the shares of Seplat Energy Plc were listed in the market and over the years, Seplat has benefitted immensely from its collaboration with NGX.
“As we celebrate another milestone on the Trading Floor of the Exchange, we look forward to strengthening our partnership with NGX for the fulfilment of our joint goal of leveraging capital to empower sustainable initiatives that positively impact our investors, employees, and the environment.”
The chairman of NGX, Mr A.B. Mahmoud, in his address, congratulated Mr Orjiako for his exemplary leadership and outstanding performance of Seplat Energy for well over a decade, during which the company was listed on both NGX and the London Stock Exchange.
“The notable acquisition of eight oil and gas assets, expansion of the Oben and development of the ANOH gas plants under his leadership positioned the company as the largest indigenous domestic supplier of gas,” Mr Mahmoud, who was represented by a director on the bourse, Mr Kamarudeen Oladosu, he noted.
On his part, the CEO of NGX, Mr Temi Popoola, said, “The exchange is better positioned to lead government advocacy efforts for listed companies, promote technology advancement and digital innovation for the capital market, and increase retail investor participation in the capital market aimed at building a market for the future and addressing the prevailing challenge of financial inclusion.
“We welcome Seplat Energy Plc to a renewed NGX and look forward to deepening our collaboration to develop and push for disruptive, out of the box ideas that could support Nigeria’s energy transition into a net-zero economy.”
JUST IN: CBN Raises Benchmark Interest Rate to 13%
By Dipo Olowookere
For the first time in two years, the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) has been raised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to 13.0 per cent from 11.5 per cent.
Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the CBN, who announced this development on Tuesday in Abuja, explained that the decision to increase the benchmark interest rate was taken at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held yesterday and today.
While addressing financial reporters this afternoon, Mr Emefiele said members of the committee were unanimous with the decision to hike the rates as it was the best thing to do after holding them for about two years.
According to the central bank chief, one of the reasons for raising the rate is to control liquidity ahead of the 2023 general elections as politicians would be expected to flood the system with cash in a bid to woo voters.
However, the other parameters were left unchanged by members at the gathering as the Asymmetric corridor remained around the MPR at +100/-700bps, the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 27.5 per cent and the Liquidity Ratio (LR) at 30.0 per cent.
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