Understanding the definition of SMEs in Taiwan is important because it helps to plan for the sales & marketing, and credit management tactics in the region. Would it be possible that more than 80% of the companies in Taiwan are SMEs?
According to the Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, the definition of SMEs (revised and issued on September 2, 2009) refers to an enterprise that has completed company registration or business registration in accordance which the requirements of the law, and which conforms to the following criteria:
Depending on the nature of the business for which they are providing guidance, government agencies may base their definition of an SME on the number of regular employees as noted below:
Micro enterprises refer to SMEs with fewer than 5 persons employed on a regular basis.
In 2015, the number of SMEs reached a record level of 1,383,981, up 2.29% from 2014, and accounted for 97.69% of all enterprises in Taiwan. Also, the number of employed persons in SMEs increased to 8,759,000, up 1.04% from 2014, the highest level in recent years, and represented 78.22% of all employed persons in Taiwan. The annual sales of SMEs in 2015 came to NT$ 11,803 billion (US$ 383 billion), accounting for 30.36% of the total annual sales of all enterprises in Taiwan. During the year, a total of 98,320 new SMEs were set up, increased by 4.43% against 2014. Sole proprietorship SMEs forms 54.32% of the total SMEs, and 50.43% of the SMEs operates longer than 10 years.
Source: Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, the Ministry of Economic Affairs
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