Ayumi Hirata, a sub-leader at Industries Division, Industrial Environment Part, Hamura City
Industries Division, Industrial Environment Part, Hamura City
Hamura City has been offering many support programs to further enhance aids to companies, having been closely co-working with local industries by taking advantage of its compact area size with 9.9 square meters. We interviwed Ayumi Hirata, a sub-leader at Industries Division, Industrial Environment Part, Hamura City on its programs attracting particular attentions.
An industrial feature of the City is its accumulation of a wide variety of industries, ranging from manufacturers of transport machinery, production machinery, metal products and others, to printing, electronics components, furniture, steels, chemical engineering, non-ferrous metals, information and telecommunication, plastic products, etc. The City is ranked third in value of manufactured goods shipments and second in gross added-value* in Tokyo according to FY2013 Tokyo industry statistics.
*Note: A barometer of business improvement measured by profits companies generated for the year. It is computed with operating profits, labor costs, depreciation costs, etc.
“We are offering support programs matching with current conditions and needs of both existing and new companies in order to sustain high levels of local industries in the future.“
Firstly introduced is “Initiative Promoting to Attract Businesses” introduced in April 2015 right after an amendment of City’s ordinance in March. Subsidies worth fixed asset and city planning taxes for 3 years are compensated until March 31, 2020 to businesses newly starting operations by opening up or moving in City’s designated areas.
“Designated areas have been newly extended to commercial and neighborhood commercial areas from only sub-industrial, industrial and restricted industrial zones previously. Another feature of the initiative is that addition of facilities such as the second factory by existing companies became subject to the subsidy.“
Pamphlet of “Hamura City Business Hands-on Initiative”
Next is the “Hamura City Business Hands-on Initiative” under which experts help resolving various management issues companies are facing with no charge. To resolve issues such as business improvement, financing, development of sales channels and the likes, experts including small and medium enterprise (SME) management consultants, certified tax accountants, lawyers, patent attorneys and labor and social security attorneys are dispatched.
“However, experts have their own strong/weak points and sometimes cannot get along with companies. Therefore, we have built a system in which company activity supporters, available since 2003, act as go-betweens in order to select and send suitable specialists. These supporters with deep knowledge in current status of companies in the City regularly visit resident manufacturing and commercial operators, and thus they enable to realize best matching. In addition, the scheme allows sending up to 3 personnel per incident so that even several issues can be resolved promptly.”
“Aids for creating region’s innovation businesses” which promote developing new businesses, entering to new areas and enhancing technologies, etc. would be highly useful for resident ventures, SMEs and the likes aiming to develop new products and technologies. This scheme has 3 support programs.
“Firstly, the collaboration support program covers broad expenses such as for meetings, market researches and prototype development/material costs. The second program aids proxy experiment and other expenses incurred when public R&D institutions are used. And the third takes care of expenses on applications for industrial property rights after obtaining rights for patents, utility models and the likes by paying up to \100,000.
Also available are “Hamura City aids for a program of developing sales channels using ICT” which subsidize up to \100,000 for building websites, and “Hamura City aids for sustained location of manufacturing firms” which pay up to \3,750,000 for expenses on renovation for insulation, deodorization and vibration insulation or move costs incurred from solicitude for neighborhood residents.
“As for websites, in addition to new productions, we recommend companies to ask for specialist advice for ways to administrate and update so that they can do by themselves afterwards.”
View of Start-Up Support Space i-Salon. Power and wireless LAN are available for free (wireless LAN requires registration)
A “Start-Up Support Space i-Salon” was opened in October 2015 in order to help resident start-ups.
“The Salon is appreciated as a space for meetings or for consultations before/after starting businesses. You are welcomed to the Salon for consulting with specialists such as SME management consultants on worries, anxieties or business plans.”
The City prepares such support programs as attracting companies, advices to help starting up and business continuity, subsidies, solutions for issues and promoting growth, matching with every growth stage of companies. These meticulous support systems for the sake of companies are expected to continue in the future.