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1 - About

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

In official European statistics:

  • SMEs can currently only be identified by employment size as enterprises with fewer than 250 persons employed.
  • they represent around 99 % of all enterprises and employ an increasing number of persons.
  • they account for around two-thirds of total employment in the EU
  • 94 % are independent. (not controlled or control another enterprise)

3 - Category

Enterprise category Persons employed Turnover or Balance sheet total
Medium < 250 ≤ € 50 m ≤ € 43 m
Small < 50 ≤ € 10 m ≤ € 10 m
Micro < 10 ≤ € 2 m ≤ € 2 m
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4 - Stat

4.1 - Europe

The 2016 microdata linking (MDL) project linked data from

  • structural business statistics (SBS),
  • international trade in goods statistics (ITGS),
  • business demography (BD)
  • and business registers (BRs).

Others:

4.2 - Data

  • sbs_sc_sca_r2 - 144 data tables - Annual enterprise statistics by size class for special aggregates of activities (NACE Rev. 2)
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