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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:

New Zealand Business Demography Statistics: February 2012

Business Operations Survey: 2011


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.

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Other information on small and medium sized enterprises

Government releases and speeches relating to small business


Last updated 4 April 2014