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Setting up in Hong Kong allows Achieve Group, a Singaporean human resources firm, to expand beyond the city, including Mainland China

Based in Singapore, Achieve Group is a multi-award-winning human resources (HR) outsourcing partner for local and multinational companies within the Asia Pacific region. In December 2015, the company decided to re-open its operation in Hong Kong in order to expand further to North Asia. To bring the Singaporean culture to the company, Madeline Ng, Director, Talent Acquisition, was relocated from Singapore to Hong Kong and established JCG/Achieve (HK) Ltd.

From Good to Great

Being a boutique agency with 25 years of HR experience, Achieve Group’s success is built upon its intimate knowledge of the economic fabric and its consistency in meeting long-term clients’ recurring needs. It adopts a personalised approach that requires active “hand-holding” with clients, especially for small companies which account for the majority of its clientele.

According to Ng, the company articulates its business around several key divisions: General Placement, Technology and Global Energy (including life sciences, IT, communications, oil and gas, engineering), Executive Search, and HR Consulting and Outsourcing. It has a linked computer system and talent database among its offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Amid a changing economy, Ng sees active growth in the eCommerce and mobile sectors in the Hong Kong market.

“Hong Kong is an important economic and financial centre. As our organisation grows, we are naturally drawn to Hong Kong and beyond that, to Mainland China. A presence in Hong Kong will give us good visibility in Mainland China, which is our next strategic target,” Ng said. “Our immediate goal is to leverage on the strong relationships we have with multinational corporations in our home market. This will trickle down to local firms as well, thanks to the great talent we are hiring for our Hong Kong office.”

As a passionate recruiting professional, Ng is very satisfied with the quality of staff employed in Hong Kong. “We find the Hong Kong staff of high quality. Our consultants are very responsible, dedicated and self-motivated. They are passionate in providing the best candidates for clients, even if that means going the extra mile,” Ng said.

The company has recruited six local staff and plans to recruit more as its business grows. The process of setting up in Hong Kong was very smooth and efficient, according to Ng. “InvestHK is very supportive. The Business and Professional Service team was instrumental in pointing out different sources of possible government support and business opportunities, allowing us to focus on our core business development,” she concluded.

Monday, July 11, 2016

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  • Founded by Joshua Yim in Singapore in 1990
  • With offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong
  • Previous awards include Singapore Prestige Brand Award, ISO 9001:2008 by UKAS 2011 Enterprise 50 Awards and Asean Business Award

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