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Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Switzerland / Germany / Austria (D/A/CH)

​Many small and medium Companies in the D/A/CH-region are characterized by following attributes:

  • They are well-positioned in the market, innovative and operating internationally

  • Many of them are in need of a succession plan

  • MBI/MBO is only conditionally possible due to financial limitations of transferees

  • Growth financing poses a high inhibition threshold to further business development

  • Potential of growth made possible through Buy and Build Strategies is little noticed

  • In many cases those small and medium corporations have real estate holdings at their disposal which need to be placed in the market after succession

Such small and medium corporations have only conditional access to financial and personnel resources which could support them with further business development or succession. CAT GROWTH sustainably and professionally supports such corporations during those stages.

The Swiss economy consists of more than 99% of small and medium corporations (SME) which provide more than two thirds of Swiss workplaces. 

  • Microenterprises with less than ten staff members are with 92.4% the most common form of enterprise in Switzerland.

  • Besides exist 35'596 small (10-49 employees) and 7'175 medium corporations (50-249 employees). In sum there are 42'771 SME with more than 1,73 Mio. employees.

The German economy consists of more than 2.2 Mio. small or medium corporations

  • The majority are microenterprises (1-10 employees) which account for 82,2% of the economy with 1.824 Mio. corporations.

  • Besides there are 894'263 small (10-49 employees) and medium corporations (50-249 employees).

The Austrian economy consists of more than 323'511 small or medium corporations

  • The majority are microenterprises (1-10 employees) which account for 87.4% of the Austrian economy with more than 282'000 companies.

  • Besides exist about 40'000 small (10-49 employees) and medium corporations (50-249 employees).

Source of figures: Schweizer KMU Eine Analyse der aktuellsten Zahlen – Ausgabe 2017 / OBT AG + Hochschule St. Gallen