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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2014

An OECD Scoreboard

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Start-ups and small firms continue to face significant obstacles to fulfilling their potential to innovate, grow and create jobs, particularly when it comes to obtaining access to finance. With its 13 core indicators of debt, equity and general market conditions, complemented by a review of government policy measures, Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2014: An OECD Scoreboard documents these financing difficulties and monitors trends in 31 countries, along with government policy responses to deal with these challenges.

 

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SMEs comprised 99.6% of all employer firms in 2011 and employed approximately 69% of the labour force, whereas large enterprises comprised just 0.4% but accounted for approximately 31% of the employment. Microenterprises constituted 82.6% of all enterprises.

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