SMEs and entrepreneurship


  • Ministerial Conference on SMEs

    22-23 February 2018, Mexico City (Mexico): The Ministerial Conference on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) will offer a crucial platform for addressing how governments can provide SMEs with the right conditions to maximise their contributions to productivity growth and social inclusion.

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  • Small, Medium, Strong

    This report presents comparative evidence on SME performance and trends, and on a broad range of policy areas and business environment conditions that are important for small businesses.

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  • Implementing the EU budget through financial instruments

    The OECD participated in a recent evaluation by the European Courts of Auditors (ECA) on the report “Implementing the EU budget through financial instruments — lessons to be learnt from the 2007-2013 programme period”.

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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017 - An OECD Scoreboard

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017: An OECD ScoreboardFinancing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017 provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented with an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance in 39 countries. The sixth instalment of this annual publication provides a solid evidence base to improve SME policy making. Almost a decade after the financial crisis, the financing situation of SMEs and entrepreneurs has generally improved in 2015 and the first half of 2016 in most participating countries, and indicates a more favourable business environment. While alternative sources of financing are gaining some traction, SMEs nevertheless remain very reliant on bank lending, making them vulnerable to credit market conditions and the economic climate. Read the report here...

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Highlights of the OECD Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship Scoreboard


SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Israel 2016

New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship FinancingThis report examines Israel’s performance in stimulating SMEs and entrepreneurship and makes recommendations for government policy. A dual economy has gradually emerged in Israel, in which high rates of successful technology-based entrepreneurship contrast with low average productivity and growth in traditional SMEs. Israel has excellent framework conditions and programmes for technology-based start-ups and SMEs in areas such as R&D, high-level skills generation and venture capital finance. These strengths need to be maintained. At the same time, more needs to be done to spread success to all types of SMEs and all groups of the Israeli population. This report recommends a range of new and expanded interventions for example in access to credit, broad innovation, workforce skills development, management support and entrepreneurship education. It recommends underpinning these actions with a national SME and entrepreneurship policy strategy and new arrangements for inter-ministerial co-ordination.


See also the OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship

New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship Financing

New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship FinancingThis report maps a broad range of external financing techniques to address diverse needs in varying circumstances, including asset-based finance, alternative debt, hybrid instruments, and equity instruments.