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SME Forum - Keeping the Lights on in Difficult Times

SME Forum - Keeping the Lights on in Difficult Times

This event has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information on the rearranged date.


Supported by the SME and Start-up Committee

Anthony Hope, Asia-Pacific Head of Strategic Analysis, HSBC’s Financial Intelligence Unit
Phil Aldridge, COO, FunctionEight Ltd
Will Probert, Co-Founder, Zzzzip.com


As an SME owner in Hong Kong ensuring the success of your business is always a challenge, a situation which is even harder given the current climate.  Are you experiencing clients paying you later than expected, vendors requesting faster payment, businesses delaying projects, or any other situation which puts more pressure on your business?
If you are a business owner in Hong Kong and would like to learn what other companies are doing to get through this difficult period then join us for a Q&A Session with various business professionals with over 100 years of combined experience.  At this event we will cover topics around:
Getting paid quicker and paying slower
Remote working
Flexibility with employees
Landlord negotiations
Asking the bank for help
We encourage you to come prepared with some questions so that we can use the combined experience of the panel, and the other attendees, to get a sense of what problems businesses are experiencing and how we can help to solve them.


About the speakers

Anthony 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.


Phil 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.



William is a Co-Founder of Zzzzip.com and provides holistic advice to corporate groups and entrepreneurs on all aspects of business establishment and market entry from ownership, corporate structure, immigration, and employment to financial and operational issues. An entrepreneur himself, his approach is pragmatic and always mindful of minimising risk.



Ticket includes a light sandwich lunch.

Please note that no electronics are allowed inside the venue, and will need to be checked in at registration. Please bring a photo ID and allow extra time for the security check.


  • Member: HK$270
  • Non-Member: HK$350
  • Y-Network Member: HK$170
  • Start-up Member: HK$170

Terms & Conditions

  • Reservations in advance are required. Please consider your booking confirmed unless notified otherwise.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing 24 hours prior to the event. No shows will be charged.
  • This event is closed to the media.
  • The event will be cancelled if the No.8 Typhoon signal or the Black Rain Storm warning is in force.
  • By attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials.
  • For further information please email yammie@britcham.com
  • All payments for this event need to be settled by credit card through PayPal. Please note you do not need a PayPal account to complete payment.
2/5/2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
China Standard Time
Level 3, The British Consulate-General, 1 Supreme Court Road, Queensway, Central
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