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How to Start a Food & Beverage Business in Hong Kong

Updated: Mar 31


How to Start a Food & Beverage Business in Hong Kong | Bestar
How to Start a Food & Beverage Business in Hong Kong | Bestar

How to Start a Food & Beverage Business in Hong Kong


Launching a food and beverage business in Hong Kong can be an exciting adventure, but it requires careful planning and navigating regulations. Here's a general roadmap to get you started:


1. Business Structure and Registration:


  • Company Incorporation: Register your business with the Hong Kong Companies Registry. Choose a business structure like a limited liability company or sole proprietorship.


2. Secure a Location:


  • Premises Selection: Find a suitable location that adheres to health, building safety, and fire safety requirements set by respective government departments.


3. Obtain Licenses:


  • General Restaurant License: This is mandatory from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) for selling food and drinks.

  • Additional Licenses: Depending on your business type, you might need licenses for liquor sales, alfresco dining, bakery operations, etc.


4. Additional Steps:


  • Hiring Staff: Research labor regulations and begin recruiting qualified staff.

  • Final Preparations: Secure funding, finalize your menu, and develop a marketing strategy.


Remember, this is a general starting point. It's wise to consult with a business advisor or lawyer familiar with Hong Kong's F&B industry regulations for specific guidance.


How Bestar can help

How to Start a Food & Beverage Business in Hong Kong


Bestar can be a valuable asset throughout your journey of opening a food and beverage business in Hong Kong. Here's how our expertise can specifically help in each stage:


Business Structure and Registration:


  • Advise on the most suitable business structure (sole proprietorship, limited liability company etc.) considering factors like tax implications and future growth plans.

  • Assist with company incorporation paperwork and filings with the Hong Kong Companies Registry.


Securing a Location:


  • Help review the lease agreement to ensure compliance with regulations and identify any potential financial burdens.


Obtaining Licenses:


  • Guide you through the process of obtaining the necessary licenses from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and other relevant departments.

  • Advise on any additional licenses required based on your specific business type (liquor license, bakery license etc.).


Additional Steps:


  • Accounting and Bookkeeping: Establish a proper accounting system to track income, expenses, and payroll. Bestar can handle these tasks, allowing you to focus on running your business.

  • Tax Compliance: Ensure your business adheres to Hong Kong's tax regulations and filing requirements. Bestar can help you navigate tax filing deadlines and minimize tax liabilities.

  • Financial Planning and Budgeting: Develop financial projections and budgets to manage your cash flow effectively. Bestar's insights can be crucial for making informed financial decisions.


Beyond the Basics:


  • Bestar also offers additional services like payroll processing and tax audits depending on their specific offerings.


By partnering with Bestar, you gain a knowledgeable guide to navigate the financial aspects of starting and running your F&B business in Hong Kong. We can free up your time to focus on the creative and operational aspects of launching your dream restaurant or food venture.




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