Now that Data Guru is collecting and publishing data concerning Hong Kong registered companies, we can use this dataset for many purposes. We earlier published a post about companies that change their name suspiciously often; now, on a more topical and positive note, we analyse how Hong Kong companies deal with, and in, Christmas. 🎄
The first company in Hong Kong with "Christmas" in its name was the very earnest-sounding T. C. W. CHRISTMAS CARDS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD -THE-. This was only company number 1705 in the Companies Registry, incorporated in 1940-05-23, a year before the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong which succeeded on, erm, Christmas Day 1941. It was finally dissolved in 1956-02-17. Out of the 88 companies incorporated in 1940, 35 were dissolved on the same day. Indeed, altogether, 360 companies were dissolved on this day. Anyone know why?
The next attempt to exploit Christmas commercially with a limited liability came in 1964-02-18, when the plainly-named CHRISTMAS DECORATION LIMITED (with matching Chinese name 聖誕飾品有限公司) gave it a go, before giving up 5 years later in 1969-05-30. Its register of charges is apparently still available.
The third attempt was the charm, with MR. CHRISTMAS LIMITED (with no Chinese name, alas), set up in 1970-12-24 and still going, 17,531 days later by my calculations. According to this job advertisement, they are a subsidiary of an even older company, Mr. Christmas Inc., a US-incorporated (perhaps NY-incorporated?) toy manufacturer.
Altogether, there have been 120 companies with "Christmas" in the name, the latest being the very modern CHRISTMAS INTERNATIONAL (HK) LIMITED 科麗經貿有限公司. Unlike this company, incorporated in 2018-08-17, 61 of these 120 companies had a Chinese name that included the characters 聖誕, the Chinese for Christmas.
My favourite Hong Kong Christmas company name, though, must be Best Booth Christmas Santa Naughty Holiday Xmas App Limited (without corresponding bonkers Chinese name, sadly), a 14-month effort from 2011-12-02 to 2013-02-08. I can find absolutely no information about this company online, so if you know anything about it, please get in touch!
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you only great wealth and fortuitous limited liability. ☃️ Have any Hong Kong Christmas company stories, or foggy data? Get in touch!
Photo credit: Annie Spratt