Facts and figures
Key data relating to small businesses in the EU: statistics, survey results, performance reports and data on the development of SME finance in the Member States.
Facts and figures on small businesses
This data helps define the profile of European small businesses and follows their performance. Decision-makers can benefit from this data in order to target more precisely small businesses' needs.
The Observatory of European SMEs
The Observatory reported the economic performance of European small businesses from 1992 until 2007, when it was replaced by the SME Performance Review.
SME Performance Review
This comprises an annual report on the performance of European small businesses, complemented by national fact sheets on the Small Business Act (SBA)'s implementation and a set of in-depth studies.
Survey on entrepreneurship
The European Union collects information on people's entrepreneurial mindset, their motivations, choices and experiences and helps decision-makers identify entrepreneurs' profiles.
European statistics on small and medium-sized enterprises
The European Commission's statistical office provides statistical information on European businesses of all sizes, allowing comparisons between enterprise size, countries and regions.
Enterprise Finance Index
Facts and figures on the development of SME finance in the EU.
The definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
Surveys on SME finance
What are SMEs' needs regarding finance? The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Commission regularly carry out surveys to answer this question. They provide key figures regarding access to finance and identify which instruments are used.