Small and medium-sized enterprises
12 Rugsėjis 2022
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined by the European Commission as having less than 250 employees. SMEs are the backbone of Europe's economy. They represent 99% of all businesses in the EU.Read more
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined by the European Commission as having less than 250 employees. SMEs are the backbone of Europe's economy. They represent 99% of all businesses in the EU. In the past five years, they have created around 85% of new jobs and provided two-thirds of the total private sector employment in the EU. The European Commission considers SMEs and entrepreneurship as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation, and social integration in the EU. The European Commission policy in relation to SMEs supports start-ups and scale-ups in particular. Internationalisation beyond the EU increases SMEs' performance, enhances competitiveness, and reinforces sustainable growth.
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Eurofound’s work on small and medium-sized enterprises links in with the Commission’s 2019–2024 priority on promoting our European way of life.
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Key outputs over the years
Publications & dataTop
The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic.
- Publications (88)
- Ongoing work
Eurofound publications come in a variety of formats, including reports, policy briefs, blogs, articles and presentations.
Restructuring in SMEs: MaltaPublication 13 Gegužė 2013
Public measures to support self-employment and job creation in one-person and micro enterprisesPublication 24 Sausis 2012
Emerging forms of entrepreneurshipPublication 21 Kovas 2011
ERM case studies: Good practice in company restructuringPublication 24 Gegužė 2009
Design for sustainable development support systems for small and medium-sized enterprisesPublication 4 Vasaris 2009
Industrial relations in the EU, Japan, US and other global economies, 2005–2006Publication 11 Gruodis 2007
Financial participation for small and medium-sized enterprises: Barriers and potential solutions (report)Publication 1 Rugsėjis 2004
Employment relations in micro and small enterprises - Literature review: JapanPublication 20 Gruodis 2002
Employment relations in micro and small enterprises - Literature review: FinlandPublication 20 Gruodis 2002
Features of micro and small enterprises: Bulgaria and the Czech RepublicPublication 20 Gruodis 2002
Research continues in this topic on a variety of themes, which are outlined below with links to forthcoming titles.