There is no doubt that SMEs are and will always be the backbone of every economy in Europe. There are over 20 million SMEs in Europe and they have contributed to the generation of substantial income, employment, outputs, innovation and new technologies.
This study was prepared to provide analysis, insights, learnings and guidance to SMEs no matter where in the world they are operating. The study highlights the similarities and differences of SME performance in Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK. It explores what it takes to achieve levels of superior performance, to compete in the marketplace and effectively “stand out from the crowd”.
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