The Growth of SMEs since Covid 19

Between 2020 and 2021 micro-enterprises grew by around 100.00 new businesses, small enterprises fell by around 10.000 businesses, and medium-sized enterprises fell by 2.000 businesses. This clearly shows that smaller businesses thrived, while larger businesses suffered a lot.

Did you know that small and medium-sized businesses vastly outnumber big enterprises in the European Union? As says, “Many SMEs have shown resilience during the crisis, and we are convinced that SMEs will be at the heart of the long-term recovery.” Here, we will show you which countries have the most significant number of small businesses and how much contribution they have made to the European economy.

According to, in 2021 only, there were approximately 22.6 million small and medium-sized enterprises in the EU. It’s interesting to mention that more than 21 million were micro-sized, with fewer than nine employees.

In 2020, small and medium-sized enterprises in the EU accounted for 3.5 trillion euros, with over 1.2 trillion euros of this amount made only by micro-sized enterprises.

The data presented by show that “Family businesses make up between 65-80% of all European companies, accounting for an average more than 40 to 50% of all jobs.”

The European country with the most significant number of small businesses in 2021 was Germany, with just over 354,000 enterprises. The following are Italy with 166,635 small businesses, Spain with 123,808, and France with 99,507. The rest have fewer than 80,000, and those are – Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Malta.

Comparing the data collected in 2020 and 2021 on, micro-enterprises (0-9 employees) showed an increase, growing from 21,044,884 in 2020, to 21,145,311 in 2021. Small enterprises (10-49 employees) recorded a slight decline, going from 1,282,211 in 2020, to 1,273,529 in 2021. Medium-sized enterprises (50-249) showed the largest decline with a number of 199,362 in 2020, dropping to 197,972 in 2021.

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Milica Sekulic

Milica Sekulic

In my career, I have tried many things, but writing has always been something I primarily aspired for. Both my BA and MA were in English language and literature, so I’m also passionate about reading and teaching.

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