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Report on SME trends, 2017
Growth in France in 2017 founded on confirmation of the recovery in SME and ISE business activity in 2016. The 13th annual edition of the SME Trends Report gives a multifaceted and comprehensive overview of the sources of growth of French SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises (ISEs) in 2016. It looks back over the past five to ten years, to show the effects of the crisis being swept aside. In 2016, for the second year in a row, the economic and financial position of SMEs and ISEs improved. The year saw an upturn in business start-ups and SME capital expenditure, together with a further fall in failures in businesses of all sizes (micro-enterprises, SMEs and ISEs), to below the symbolic threshold. These French SMEs, with micro-enterprises out in front, are increasing their exports, patent filing and R&D and innovation involvement to a greater extent than other categories of business. Indicators across the board suggest that the recovery in SME and ISE business activity has spread to almost all French regions and business sectors. As a result, 2016 ended at a level as good as the pre-crisis situation if not better. Highlights of the year included some turning points in trends and behaviour, while others give assurance that these companies are on course to forge ahead.
Report on SME trends, 2016
The financial and economic situation of French SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises got better in 2015. During 2015, the economic and financial situation of French SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises clearly started to recover. The macroeconomic environment became more favorable but still uncertain and CEOs remained cautious, according to the lower level of investments and the smaller number of new start-ups. Micro-business insolvencies stabilised in 2015, but those of SMEs and mid-caps started to increase again, not confirming the improvement glimpsed in 2014. The late payment situation is easing in Europe; in spite of everything, the proportion of businesses paying within contractual payment deadlines has changed little and late payments are still greater than 14 days. However, the initial results for 2016 offer a ray of hope for an improvement for all businesses. By contrast, and as in previous years, the will to export and innovate has been maintained, and is even spreading. Micro-businesses and SMEs are still the main drivers of the momentum in exporting and also in public procurement contracts, although the situation is the other way round when it comes to R&D and filing patents, in which mid-caps are the drivers of growth, with little change in SME activity. The 2016 outlook seems to indicate a better business climate for all companies.