July 22, 2015
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SME sustainability and growth should be an obsession for job creation in South Africa

Contrary to global trends where small and medium enterprises (SMEs) constitute the largest employer in either developed or developing economies, smaller firms in South Africa are showing stagnation in both turnover and employment growth. Both these measurements are important – … Continue reading

November 27, 2014
by brendon
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A country at the crossroad towards better regulatory governance in South Africa

alert 11.25_digital South Africa is sitting at an economic crossroad. The National Development Plan proposes many measures to accelerate economic growth and deal with the country’s rising social problems. The majority of these are based on the assumption of a … Continue reading

July 17, 2013
by brendon
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Developing a New Path for SMEs in South Africa; Reassessing for Growth.

Compiled by drawing on the extensive storehouse of data collated in the first two annual rounds of the multi-year SME Growth Index, the Alert features new information on important issues including, amongst others, the growth trends of South Africa’s SME … Continue reading

February 21, 2013
by brendon
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SME Growth Index 2012 Headline Report. Easier/Harder for Small Business in South Africa?

South Africa’s SME community faces a tough hostile environment, despite regular declarations of its importance to the country. The second round of the SME Growth Index – the most comprehensive gathering of firm-level data yet undertaken in South Africa – … Continue reading

May 22, 2012
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SME Manufacturing in South Africa, Growth Concerns

The Manufacturing Circle released their Manufacturing Bulletin for the first quarter of the year showing the latest trends in South Africa’s manufacturing sector.  The Bulletin features the recent results of an ongoing survey compiled by economist Dr Iraj Abedian, and … Continue reading

February 29, 2012
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A landscape of lumbering giants…

In the rich layer of data produced by SBP’s SME Growth Index a relief of the underlying structure of the South African economy is clearly visible, and it does not look good for the development of established small and medium … Continue reading

November 18, 2011
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SBP SME Growth Index Headline Report 2011

“Rapid and sustained economic growth is critical to stem the tide of job losses. Our prospects of achieving such growth are highly dependent on the economy’s entrepreneurs and businesses. Without a strong business sector and bold entrepreneurs, we have as little chance of prospering” Continue reading

November 16, 2011
by brendon
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Growing Small Firms, Growing Employment

“Experts on business development have coined the term “gazelles” to describe high growth companies. The gazelle encapsulates characteristics such as speed, energy and dexterity, and provides an apt description for successful, expanding firms. The gazelle, however, is not an animal given to domestication. … Continue reading