Launching and Growing a Business Successfully Series

15 March 2018

Launching and Growing a Business Successfully is an experience-sharing forum for start-ups and MSE (Micro, Small and Entrepreneur-led) businesses. The Series mainly helps entrepreneurs get access to business strategies, answer tax issues, legal advice, get incorporated, register trademarks, obtain visas, and more.

Schedule of the Series


30 January 2018

Launching and Operating a Business Effectively: Understanding the Key Basics at the Early Stage
26 April 2018

NY Fries to Bubble Tea – NextStep Group

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Make Your Business Plan Stand Out: A Roadmap to Grow Revenues

TBC  From a Great Idea to Cash Flowing Consistently into Your Business


Part 2: Launching and Operating a Business Effectively: NY Fries to Bubble Tea – NextStep Group

In 2004, Thomas Lau returned to Hong Kong after a decade of studies in Canada, and eager to begin a new career as an entrepreneur. His first success was landing the master franchise rights to bring Canadian F&B franchise, NY Fries, into Hong Kong and China. After growing this business to four outlets, he followed-up by establishing the Manchester United Pub & Restaurant, which became the largest sports bar in TST.

As rents increased, he pivoted his business and launched his own F&B retail outlet, The Roundhouse, which was among first of its kind for craft beer tap houses, and was named one of top ten best bars in Asia. Over the years, the NextStep Group has evolved into a diversified F&B platform, operating multiple retail outlets, and wholesale distribution from Canadian vodka to Taiwanese bubble tea.

Thomas has endured a competitive business climate, and managed to stay one step ahead. Please join us for an interesting case study on the Next Step Group.


About the speaker

Thomas Lau, Co-Founder and President of Next Step Group
Thomas Lau founded the NextStep Gourmet Group, a Hong Kong based Food & Beverage operator, in 2007. The group holds the Master Franchisee for Canadian Fast Food Chain, New York Fries, which currently has more than 15 shops in China. The group operates 3 Craft Beer Bars in Hong Kong, and is involved in beverage distribution. Mr. Lau was founder and past Chairman of the Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong, and he is sought after as beer judge in international competitions in Japan, Taiwan and elsewhere.

About the moderator

Brian Brown, Non-Executive Director of Shogi Group
Brian Brown is a Non-Executive Director of the Shogi Group, a boutique investment holding company founded in 2009 with diverse investments in securities, currencies, real estate and social enterprises. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Brown was executive with Morgan Stanley, where he was involved in numerous industry milestones, such as the IPO of China Construction Bank. He is the author of an internationally acclaimed book, Chasing the Same Signals. He holds a B.A.Sc from the University of Waterloo, and is an advisor to UW’s international artificial intelligence platform, Waterloo.AI Alpha.


The details

Thursday 26 April 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
19/F Lee Garden One
33 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay


Register now

Register online through the CanCham website


The Series is presented by CanCham's Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee and the Young Professionals Committee, and supported by Baker Tilly Hong Kong. For further information, please visit


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