Many countries have found it an economic and political necessity to have an overview of the SMEs. For ten years now, Bpifrance’s SME Observatory has performed this task for France with the backing of over forty partners. 2014 edition shows contrasting performances: micro-businesses and SMEs with shrinking indicators or wary about an uncertain future on the one hand, and others with significant R&D and innovation activity, increasing exports, strengthened position in public procurement on the other.

EDITORIAL

In France, as in other places in the world, more than 9 out of 10 businesses are micro-businesses or SMEs, most of which are independent. They do not therefore fall into a homogenous category... far from it.

Many countries have found it an economic and political necessity to have an overview of these businesses – from Japan, which has used SME reports for fifty years, through to New Zealand, which has just published its first report, along with for example Thailand, India, the US, Belgium, Croatia and the European Union. For ten years now, Bpifrance’s SME Observatory has performed this task for France with the backing of over forty partners.

Researchers, business leaders, regional and national policy makers, journalists and those involved in providing support or finance for businesses will all find in this Annual Report on SME Trends – which has been extended to include intermediate-sized enterprises – figures and analyses providing summaries or in-depth information as required on their demographic trends, activity levels, hiring policies, methods of finance, performance in innovation, international expansion, and more besides.

The initial crucial phase involved correlating disparate pieces of data and explaining methodology. Now this has been successfully completed, the challenge today lies in sharing the information with as many people as possible. The 2014 report therefore comes in an open-data format, offering readers the opportunity to download the information contained in its 200 tables and graphs. It is also being transformed into an “all-digital” report, so it can be updated as and when information becomes available.

So choose a subject and let yourself be guided through its content, then make sure you share it with everyone you know!

Enjoy!

The SME Observatory Team

SME 2014

Already affected by the crisis, businesses in 2013 were faced with a flagging economy that affected their financial performance. Margins slipped once again, causing business leaders to be exceptionally wary about an uncertain future. Investment fell as an immediate consequence and there was a sharp division between different types of business, with micro-businesses being hit hardest. However, we are beginning to discern a new business landscape populated by dynamic SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises, better at innovating and exporting, careful about maintaining employment and sensitive to the social and solidarity economy.

►  35 articles organized around 3 themes:

  • Business demography and economic performance
    • Social and solidarity economy, start-up, business failure, business transfer, activity level, employment, export, multinational, public procurement
  • Financial performance and methods of finance
    • Equity capital, loans and cash management
  • R&D and innovation behaviour

ALREADY IN ENGLISH!

►  200 charts in an open data format

►  130 “Further reading” and 50 new public measures dedicated to businesses

►  Comparisons with SMEs from the Euro area, OECD countries or Asian region

NEWSLETTER

The SME Report is being transformed into an “all-digital” Report, so it can be updated as and when information becomes available. To catch up with the latest news published along the year 2015 –New articles, translations, data updatings…–, you can subscribe to the alerts of the SME Report!

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