Small and medium-sized enterprises

5 november 2020

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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EU context

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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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Publications & data

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The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic.

  • Publications (80)
  • Ongoing work (2)

Eurofound publications come in a variety of formats, including reports, policy briefs, blogs, articles and presentations. 

Restructuring in SMEs: Bulgaria

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Sweden

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Poland

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Latvia

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Austria

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Germany

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Portugal

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Romania

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Belgium

Publication 13 máj 2013

Restructuring in SMEs: Denmark

Publication 13 máj 2013

Ongoing work

Research continues in this topic on a variety of themes, which are outlined below with links to forthcoming titles.