As one of the oldest enterprises in Hong Kong, Styland represents one of the stories that took place at the foot of Lion Rock. Our Founder Mr. Cheung Chi Shing has successfully entered the markets of Iron Curtain Countries in Eastern Europe. He was complimented by former Vice Premier of the State Council Mr. Tian Jiyun as the “Pioneer of investment in Eastern Europe”. As we look back, the bygone days seem easy, but I can imagine the never-ending hardships and enormous obstacles in those days. His perseverance is indeed a good example for us. The success of trade with Eastern Europe has laid the cornerstone for the listing of Styland’s shares in 1991.
With a view to carrying forward the consistent operating philosophy of our Founder, I have been brave to experiment and have been acting prudently since I took office as Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2009. The Group has transformed its business from traditional trading to financial services. Thanks to the concerted efforts of our Founder and Management, the Group has passed through a number of crises and events including the 1997 financial crisis, bursting of the technology bubble in 2000, SARS in 2003, financial tsunami in 2008, social unrest in 2019 and the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Today, I am entrusted with the responsibility to lead Styland into a new age and build it into a financial group offering excellent services.
As I propose in respect of future development, the Group will increase its investment in business expansion. In addition to reinforcing its existing services in the financial services business, the Group also intends to expand its financial services business to cover other categories such as index futures and foreign exchange. In addition, the Group may also partner with other financial institutions, in an effort to keep abreast of the latest trend and create outstanding results. On the other hand, I believe that the financial industry should be people-centered. In addition to providing considerate services to meet the needs of both local and Mainland clients, the Group will also focus on training a new generation of managers and sales staff, with a view to catering to the changing needs of the market as well as reinforcing communication and collaboration with Mainland financial institutions.
Over the past 40 years, Styland has witnessed all-round growth within the Company as well as changes in society. I hope that the Company will continue to care for the community, perform its social responsibilities and participate in public service activities, with a view to paying back to society.