Report of the European Observatory for SMEs (1993)
Produced by an independent European network of research institutes, the "First annual report of the European Observatory for SMEs, 1993" aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the European economy. As SMEs represent well over 90% of all enterprises within the Community they account for a considerable portion of economic activity as well as providing 50% of all jobs. It is important, therefore, that as much as possible is known about SMEs in the Community. How and why they operate; the problems faced in trying to grow and develop their activities; all the issues that go into running a business. This 437-page report sheds light on these issues, reviewing major trends affecting small and medium-sized enterprises, and including information on such areas as enterpreneurship and business dynamics, markets and sales, employment and productivity, and capital and finance.