How to be a "Stand out SME"

A Performance Study of the EU SME Sector for the Period 2008 - 2013

There is no doubt that SMEs are and will always be the back bone of every economy in Europe. There are over 20 million SMEs in Europe and they have contributed to the generation of substantial income, employment, outputs, innovation and new technologies.


Mazars’ study ‘How to be a Stand-out SME: Learning from the EU’ provides analysis, insights, learnings and guidance to SMEs no matter where in the world they are operating. The study highlights the similarities and differences of SME performance in Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK.  It explores what it takes to achieve levels of superior performance, to compete in the market place and effectively “stand out from the crowd”.

Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. Background
  3. Key facts
  4. Priorities
  5. How we can help
  6. Global team


How to be a stand out SME

How to be a stand out SME