Welcome to SME Survey
SME Survey is the original representative survey of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa.
Since 2003, SME Survey conducts South Africa's original and largest annual study of the impact of business factors on the competitiveness and success of SMEs. Each year a focus area is identified and developed into a core research question or hypothesis. The findings are then published in a report that is made available to clients, while headline findings and executive summaries are made publicly available.
Year-on-year findings are based on 1,400 telephonic interviews with a randomly selected sample of decision-makers at South African SMEs, consisting of companies across all vertical sectors with 2 to 200 staff.
SME Survey 2018, in partnership with Intuit Quickbooks, set out to address how well SMEs are coping with both tech and non-tech challenges. On the one side, the business world being bombarded daily with reports of corruption and fraud that results in a sense of hopelessness among many entrepreneurs: on the other, the rapid pace of the digital revolution is leaving many behind.More about us