SMEs

SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) form thebackbone of modern economies and new employment creation. CSES has undertakensignificant work on different aspects of SME promotion and entrepreneurship,including studies on Structural Funds and SME growth, access to finance andrisk financing instruments, IPR, business and innovation support services andentrepreneurship training. We have also worked on assignments concerned withthe SME size thresholds. Relevant pieces of work include:

  • Evaluation of Member State Policies to facilitate access to finance for SMEs (DG ENTR).
  • IPR enforcement in SMEs (DG ENTR)
  • The internationalisation of SMEs (study led by Panteia/ EIM for DG ENTR)
  • Evaluation of the SME Definition (DG ENTR)
  • The cyclicality of SME finance (DG ENTR)
  • SME Technology Financing workshops (DG ENTR)
  • Thematic Evaluation of Structural Fund Impacts on SMEs (DG REGIO)
  •  Evaluation of the Utilisation of EU Structural Funds by SMEs (DG REGIO)
  •  Evaluation of SME Funding Schemes (European Agency for Health & Safety at Work

 

In addition to studies where the primary subjectmatter was SMEs, many wider evaluations focusing on industrialcompetitiveness have included strong consideration of issues relating to how the competitiveness of SMEs in particular sectors can be improved. Examples are:  an Evaluation of the Impact of European Space Policy on European Space Manufacturing and the Services Industry, Interim Evaluation of the European Earth Monitoring Programme (GMES), and an Interim Evaluation of FP7 Security, Interim Evaluation of FP7 Space Research and the Ex-post Evaluation of PASR.

For further information in respect of CSES’ work on SMEs, please contact  Mike Coyne or  Jack Malan