Is my company classified as a Small & Medium-sized Enterprise (SME)? Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined in the EU recommendation 2003/361.
The major goal of this recommendation is to make sure that subsides are granted exclusively for those companies which really need them. Accordingly, SME definition applies to all programs, policies and measures developed by the European Commision (EC) and aimed at these companies. The EC publishes the User Guide to the SME definition where this criteria as well as detailed information about the SMEs are set.
The main factors determining whether an enterprise is an SME are:
- Staff headcount
- Either turnover or balance sheet total
In order to determine company size several factors should be considered: the property, voting rights and inter-enterprise relations. Only Representative companies should take into account the company size of their represented company.