Since the outbreak of covid 19 coming on the back of 9 months of social unrest, Phil Aldridge, the Chair of the SME and Startup committee for the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong has conducted a survey in order to assess the economic impact to small and medium sized business in hong kong
It has taken almost 8 weeks from announcement to the point where applications can be taken. Applications are currently allowed for 12 months from April 20th. There have been updates since the announcement and the maximum loan amount per applicant is now HK$4M and the total amount of funding put towards the 100% Loan Guarantee is HK$50Billion. This loan scheme is being run by the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (HKMCI), but applications and processing is being managed by the banks in Hong Kong.
An employers guide to the new dawn of home working
Three months ago most of you who are not working for a startup probably did not know what WFH meant. Today if you have not heard this acronym, where have you been. WFH or “Work From Home” has become the new norm. As countries around the world lock down because of Covid-19 companies are either voluntarily or through Government legislation moving their workforce to a work from home scenario.
Since 2014 when FunctionEight (F8) acquired one of its competitors we have developed a close and valuable partnership with our friends at the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU).
A prestigious and well known brand name in Hong Kong, the HKRU have proven to be an excellent client who not only listen to our recommendations but also work with us closely to ensure our support matches their needs. This was exactly the type of client FunctionEight look to have.
As of the time of writing there’s a lot of business disruption in Hong Kong and around Asia because of Covid-19 also known as the Corona Virus. Current mortality rate seems to be about 2.5% which is significant but not the purpose of this article. It is an unfortunate situation that in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore there may be more businesses that are killed because of this virus than people.
There have been many high-profile data breaches in the past few years. In some cases, this has been on a massive scale like Yahoo, Marriot Hotels, Sony and E-Bay to name a few. A quick way to check if you’re at risk is by using the website https://haveibeenpwned.com/ this will tell you if your email address has been potentially compromised.
“Are you going to buy anything online today?” We asked one of our IT Engineers. They just laughed, it’s an amusing comment rather than a serious question.
Today is Black Friday, an online shopping extravaganza spearheaded by US-based retailers. However, you may have missed it if you were wondering around Hong Kong recently, with barely any marketing for this promotion in sight.
Windows 7 was released back in 2009. Although hard to believe it’s been around for a decade, it remains very popular, with reports suggesting that still over a third of PC’s are running the operating system.