SME & Start-up Committee

The role of the Committee is to attract small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups to join the Chamber and represent their business interests. The Committee plays a key part in supporting the Chambers role as a leading organization that represents British Business in Hong Kong.

The Committee provides SMEs and start-ups with support and acts as a voice on their behalf within the Chamber; it has regular external liaison with government and other business bodies; offers a platform to network with other Chamber members; and organises and hosts events that are of value to the SME and start-up community. 

Join the Committee


Phil AldridgeChairFunctionEight LtdRead moreRead lessPhil Aldridge is COO of FunctionEight Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with regional offices in Singapore and New Zealand, FunctionEight provides IT Managed Services and private cloud computing solutions to SME's and Regional Offices of MNC's across the APAC region. As COO Phil heads up the product, marketing and sales functions, as well as providing technical oversight. Phil has been in Hong Kong since 1991 and having worked in various firms in positions of Regional IT manager or similar he joined FunctionEight in 2006.
Anthony HopeVice ChairHSBCRead moreRead lessAnthony Hope is Asia-Pacific Head of Strategic Analysis for HSBC’s Financial Intelligence Unit. He is also a Director at MatrixVision, a virtual currency compliance company. Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Anthony served for seven years with the UK Government and held various positions with both HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs, including leading the European Finance and EU Budget 2014-2020 Negotiations Teams. He has extensive legislative, policy and project management expertise, having taken the UK’s Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill 2010 through the UK Parliament and helped to re-write the UK’s policy on residence and domicile taxation. Anthony holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Iain ReedMemberEFARead moreRead lessOriginally from the UK, Iain has lived in in several regions of the Asia Pacific since 1989 including Thailand, Indonesia, India, Singapore and now Hong Kong. After graduating from Cambridge University he immediately set up his first Company, trading consumer goods between Indonesia and the UK. He then spent 10 years as an investment analyst for Barclays De Zoete & Wedd, Société Générale, and CLSA before leaving to found EFA in 2003, of which he is now Chairman. Iain’s role as Chairman includes acting as a brand ambassador, overseeing the financial and legal functions as well as the Consulting Services division, and business development for the group. He is currently working to diversify the group’s product range, focusing on EFAdrin. He is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, sitting on the Financial Markets, IT and SME committees and the Vice Chairman of the Angel Committee, a programme which connects entrepreneurs with angel investors in Hong Kong. He is also the founding President of TiE Hong Kong, the local chapter of TiE, which is a global non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, education and networking. Iain is an active member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong and the Asian region and is an angel investor.
Bryan VazMemberIMIT AdvisoryRead moreRead lessBryan is Managing Director for IMIT Advisory, Asia’s first alternative advisory firm. With IMIT’s Advisory Cloud, clients get unrestricted access to all of IMIT’s research, project templates, methodologies, and automated business diagnostics. As a former management consultant and financial engineer, Bryan noticed a gap in the SME market to provide small to medium business with the insight and project methodologies necessary to build high performing business functions and compete with market heavyweights. Over the past two years Bryan has grown IMIT to encompass 50 clients spanning the US, Canada, and Hong Kong.
David DodwellMemberStrategic Access LimitedRead moreRead lessDavid Dodwell is Chief Executive of Strategic Access Limited. A veteran Financial Times journalist and expert on international business, global trade and economic and political developments, particularly in Hong Kong and China, he founded the company in 2005. Actively involved in the Hong Kong business community, Mr. Dodwell is vice-chairman, government relations of the British Chamber of Commerce, and is former chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, the policy think tank arm of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is Hon Sec of the Hong Kong Forum, a public policy think tank affiliated with the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, Dodwell was appointed the Executive Director of the trade policy think tank Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, established to support the activities of the Hong Kong APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) members and to augment the voice of Hong Kong business in trade policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Dodwell spent 18 years as a Financial Times journalist, mostly in Asia, with a secondment to the China Daily in Beijing. In the decade between leaving the Financial Times and creating Strategic Access, he held three senior positions in Hong Kong combining corporate communications, government relations and public policy research. He was executive director at GolinHarris, a global communications group, director of corporate communications and public affairs of the Jardine Fleming, the Asia-focused merchant bank, and a trade policy advisor to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. An honours degree holder from the University of East Anglia in the UK, Mr. Dodwell co-authored with Professor Michael Enright The Hong Kong Advantage, published in 1997 by the Oxford University Press. He has served as a member of a number of Hong Kong government advisory committees, is a frequent lecturer of Hong Kong issues around the world, and was in 2001 awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for his contribution to the international community’s understanding of Hong Kong.
Jennifer WuMemberPinsent MasonsRead moreRead lessJennifer is a solicitor specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She advises on a variety of local and cross-border disputes, including contractual, sale of goods and provision of services, TMT (technology, media and telecommunications), employment and general company matters. She currently works as an Associate in the TMT team at Pinsent Masons. From the breadth of contentious matters she has handled (from pre-action, issued Court claims through to enforcement/recovery issues), she is able to provide all rounded advice to SMEs – to help them find the best commercial (and legal) solutions. Prior to coming to Hong Kong in 2014, Jennifer advised SMEs as a solicitor in England within the commercial disputes resolution team. She is keen to extend her support to the SME community in Hong Kong.
Matthew TretheweyMemberMatthew Trethewey Coaching & Training LimitedRead moreRead lessMatthew Trethewey is a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Success Trainer. He has been teaching in schools, in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, since 2007 and working as a coach and trainer since 2017. While working in schools, Matthew shared his passion for the environment and with promoting sustainability. He was able to make a difference through raising environmental awareness within the school's community, encouraging behavioural change and by influencing the school management's decision to introduce a paper, plastic and metal recycling system. Matthew's vision is to continue promoting and advocating environmental protection through his training and speaking engagements to businesses, organisations and schools.
Patrick LauMemberDBS Bank (Hong Kong) LimitedRead moreRead lessMr Patrick Lau is the Executive Director of Institutional Banking Group of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, responsible for the bank’s small and medium enterprise (SME) franchise. He joined the bank in August 2012. Patrick is a seasonal banker with over 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial banking. Prior to joining DBS, he has held various positions in reputable financial institutions including Fortis, Hang Seng Bank and Standard Chartered.
Tommy CheungMemberThe HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation LimitedRead moreRead lessI am responsible for supporting the Business Banking Management on strategy and project implementation, resource planning and data analysis, with focus on New To Bank customers and Business Banking Centers. Since joining HSBC in 2013, I have worked in various positions in Commercial Banking, including International Relationship Management, Global Trade and Receivables Finance and Business Banking Center. In my previous role as an International Relationship Manager, I managed a portfolio of over 70 commercial relationships from different industry sectors. I was responsible for structuring credit facilities as well as developing integrated banking solutions for clients together with our product specialists, including Treasury Solutions, Wealth Management, Insurance, Liquidity and Cash Management, and Trade and Receivables Finance.
Will ProbertMemberSovereign Trust (Hong Kong) LtdRead moreRead less Born in the UK and raised in Hong Kong, William has experience in the Offshore, Recruitment, Outsourcing and Corporate Services industries and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands. William works as a Senior Consultant with the Sovereign Group and is leading their efforts to become the go to corporate services firm for the startup community in Hong Kong. William participated as a founder in the DBS Fintech Accelerator powered by NEST in 2015 and has firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. He has previously run his own corporate services business and has worked with a large number of entrepreneurs looking to set up and grow their businesses from Hong Kong He works in corporate services, helping entrepreneurs to set up their businesses as well as helping international companies to establish a presence in HK. He has set up and run three of his own businesses and helped to incorporate over 400 companies in the last 5 years. His interest in joining the committee is to meet people and help them to setup and grow their businesses in HK. He is also keen on helping the Chamber in its efforts to support the startup community.