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OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019

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The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries and emerging economies. It explores the implications of digitalisation and globalisation for market conditions and SME access to strategic resources such as finance, skills, technology, data and other innovation assets. The report gives comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks and policies to enhance contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs, and delivers a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and challenges SMEs and entrepreneurs face in doing business and scaling up their activities. It also contains country profiles outlining the latest developments in national SME performance and business conditions, with expanded country profiles available on line.

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Switzerland

Regulatory conditions for Swiss start-ups are accommodative. The level of administrative burden on start-ups, the costs for starting a business or the strength of insolvency regime are on par with the OECD median. However, there is a high level of administrative fragmentation between the Federal State and cantons, for instance in the support programmes to entrepreneurs. 87 different measures are available at the canton level for financing firms and start-ups. In 2017 the government launched EasyGov.swiss, an one-stop-shop allowing firms processing authorisation, application and reporting online. It is available at federal level and will be extended to cantonal and municipal authorities in 2019. Together with the SME Portal, the platforms aim to simplify administrative procedures for SMEs.

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