SME Survey History

2014

CLOUD & GOVERNMENT SUPPORT PROGRAMMES

Sponsors:
Seda, Business Connexion and Microsoft SA

Focus:
Impact of Cloud Computing, mobility, Bring Your Own Device, social media and Government support programmes

Research:
1,400 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff

Download 2014 Executive Summary

  • Location, location, location – it still matters
  • A minority, but women SME owners more successful
  • Cloud grows, government does better
  • Cloud uptake amongst SMEs is 'slow and steady'
  • SMEs express growing confidence in government support programmes
  • SMEs brace for change

2 Seminars attended by 150 delegates: JHB & CT


2012

Impact of Websites

Sponsors:
Google South Africa

Focus:
SME Internet adoption and business impact

Research:
2,000 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff
(IT)

Download 2012 Internet Matters Report

  • SME Survey 2012: SME slow to harness Cloud
  • Website keeps 1 out of 5 SMEs alive
  • Google and Partners launch Woza Online to bring thousands of South African SMEs online
  • SME Survey 2012: Competitive businesses are online
  • SME Survey 2012: Small businesses recognise the value of a website
  • SME Survey 2011: Web-presence now crucial for the small business

1 Seminar attended by 150 delegates: JHB


2008

Unlock the power of the entrepreneur

Sponsors:
Standard Bank and Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Focus:
Infrastructure challenges facing SMEs

Research:
5,000 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1- 200 Staff
(IT and non-IT)

Download 2008 executive summary

2008 Archive Press Releases

  • Cash Crunch hits SMEs
  • Adapting to infrastructure challenges
  • Crime a daily reality for South African SMEs
  • South African SMEs show resilience in the face of adversity
  • Micro-enterprises bear brunt of financial turbulence
  • ADSL comes of age

3 Seminars attended by 214 delegates: JHB, CT, DBN


2005

Unlock the power of the entrepreneur

Sponsors:
Standard Bank, MWEB Business and Microsoft

Focus:
The factors affecting entrepreneurship and SME competitiveness in SA, including business enablers such as IT, Financial Services and BEE

Research:
6,000 interviews-nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff
(No IT filter)

3 Seminars attended by 160 delegates: JHB, CT, DBN
2010

The Great Divide

Sponsors:
National Youth Development Agency

Focus:
SMEs and the divide that exists between established and emerging markets

Research:
2,500 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff
(IT and non-IT)

Download 2010 executive summary

  • SME Survey 2010: Diversify to boost resilience and profitability
  • SME Survey 2010: The South African SME and the environment - does it care?
  • SME Survey 2010: Connectivity is a big issue in the emerging SME market
  • SME Survey 2010: Crime and competition the biggest headaches for SMEs
  • SME Survey 2010: World Cup a great success for SA, but not for the SME
  • SME Survey 2010: Was the World Cup all that?
3 Seminars attended by 145 delegates: JHB, KZN, Bloemfontein

2007

Unlock the power of the entrepreneur

Sponsors:
Standard Bank and Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Focus:
Resources used by successful SMEs

Research:
5,000 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1- 200 Staff
(IT and non-IT)

Download 2007 executive summary

2007 Archive Press Releases

  • The secrets of successful business
  • What makes the South African SME competitive?
  • Technology makes the South African SME competitive
  • What keeps you up at night?
  • More women needed in business
  • The blueprint for a successful SME
  • "Incubator Snap Survey" Findings

1 Seminar attended by 86 delegates: JHB


2004

Unlock the power of the entrepreneur

Sponsors:
Standard Bank and HP

Focus:
The role of government in support of SME growth in SA and the impact of IT and Financial Services on SME productivity

Research:
2,500 interviews-nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff
(No IT filter)

3 Seminars attended by 155 delegates: JHB, CT, DBN
2009

SMEs and the recession challenges

Sponsors:
Standard Bank, National Youth Development Agency and Fujitsu

Focus:
SMEs and the recession challenges

Research:
2,500 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff
(IT and non-IT)

Download 2009 executive summary

  • World Cup gap for SMEs
  • Beat the recession with business basics
  • The end of dialup and the continued rise of ADSL
  • Small business coping with recession
  • The recession and the South African SME
  • SME Survey: Potential financial woes worry SME owners

2006

Unlock the power of the entrepreneur

Sponsors:
Standard Bank and Oracle Corporation South Africa

Focus:
The factors affecting entrepreneurship and SME competitiveness in SA, including business enablers such as IT, Financial Services and BEE

Research:
6,000 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1- 200 Staff
(IT and non-IT)

Download 2006 executive summary

2006 Archive Press Releases

  • What’s behind SME competitiveness: Banking and mobile communications
  • How does BEE impact competitiveness?
  • It’s empowered!
  • Purchase decisions: Quality of product or service the SME Holy Grail
  • Finance and skills the enabler, ICT and BEE take a back seat
  • Skills and finance the answer for SME growth
  • Many SMEs don’t consider ICT critical
  • SMEs want Finance – but must consider the risks

2003

Where business meets technology

Sponsors:
ABSA, HP and PWC

Focus:
The impact of IT & Financial Services on SME competitiveness in SA

Research:
5,000 interviews–nationwide
SMEs with 1-200 Staff
(With PCs)

4 Seminars attended by 280 delegates: JHB(2), CT, DBN