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Small and medium enterprises play a significant role in the Hong Kong economy. It comprises over 98% of the business community in Hong Kong and employs approximately 60% of the working population in the private sector. To enhance their competitiveness, quality management must be incorporated into their daily operations. Constant re-evaluation is also essential for them to stay ahead of the market.

A "Special Award for SMEs" category was established in 2005 to encourage their pursuit of Total Quality Management.
   
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· All SMEs registered in Hong Kong under the Business Registration Ordinance, are eligible to apply for this Award. SMEs are defined to be any industries and businesses which employ not more than 200 persons in Hong Kong and are not subsidiaries of another corporation whose headquarters is based in Hong Kong.
· Applicants who have not entered the Quality Award in the same year.

The Hong Kong Management Association reserves the right to make the final and binding decision on the eligibility of applicants.

   
   
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Submission provided by applicant. The assessment will be in the following stages:
 
 
STAGE 1 ASSESSMENT OF WRITTEN SUBMISSION
All applicants have to submit an Written Submission, in Question and Answer format.
 
STAGE 2 SITE VISIT
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a two-hour Site Visit. During the Site Visit, the examiners will interview employees and review pertinent records and date. The objective is to verify the information provided in the Written Submission and to answer questions raised during the board's review. The choice of dates will be decided by the Board of Examiners. In the event of a Site Visit, the applicant must provide the necessary transportation , accommodation (if applicable) and other logistical arrangements to enable the smooth conduct of the Site Visit.
   
 
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The formal announcement and award presentation ceremony will take place at the Quality Award Dinner.
 
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To ensure that Award applicants will gain maximum benefit from participation in the Quality Award, a nominal Application Fee of HK$5,280 will be charged upon the submission of the Application Form. The fee covers three complimentary seats at the Quality Award Seminar and a 90-minute complimentary private workshop on TQM.