Small and medium sized enterprises
Small and medium-sized enterprises of up to 20 employees (SMEs) are an important part of the New Zealand economy. According to the latest data from Statistics New Zealand, they account for:
- 97.2 (455,907) percent of all enterprises
- 30.2 (581,540) percent of all employees
- an estimated 27.8 percent of New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product
Download the factsheet Small Businesses in New Zealand [266 KB PDF] for more information.
Refer also to survey data provided by Statistics New Zealand relating to small enterprises:
- Annual Enterprise Survey and National Accounts Data by Employee Size Group: 2011 [60 KB XLSX]
- Linked Employer-Employee Data: 2011 [758 KB XLSX]
We provide advice on issues that are important to SMEs. We also provide secretariat services for the Small Business Development Group.
Small business development group
The Small Business Development Group, formerly the Small Business Advisory Group, advises government on issues affecting SMEs and ensures the "voice" of small businesses is heard in policy development.
- Government's response to the Small Business Advisory Group's 2012 report [845 KB PDF]
- Small Business Advisory Group report (April 2012) [1 MB PDF]
Other information on small and medium sized enterprises
- Start, manage and grow your business: A guide on how government agencies can help you solve business problems [2.2 MB PDF]
- Structure and Dynamics of New Zealand SMEs [1.9 MB PDF]