Total number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands from 2016 to 2019*
Number of SMEs in the Netherlands 2016-2019
According to the Dutch business registry, the Netherlands gained around 600 new small and medium enterprises between early 2018 and early 2019. The source defined SME (or mkb, a Dutch abbreviation of midden- en kleinbedrijf) as a company having between two to 249 employees, as well as companies with one employee that are not classified as a freelancer/self-employed person. SMEs were the Netherlands’ second largest type of business enterprise.

SMEs play an important part in the Dutch economy

Dutch SMEs were responsible for an added value of roughly 220 billion euros in 2017, a higher amount than in Belgium and Luxembourg. The companies also employed more people that other business segments, as SMEs in the Netherlands accounted for roughly 3.6 million employees.

Most SMEs to be found in retail

According to survey results from April 2018, the most common SME sectors in the Netherlands consisted of retail or wholesale, media, arts and personal services. In the most recent quarter, however, bankruptcies in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry (often referred to as horeca in the Netherlands), saw an increase. As of the first quarter of 2019, there were approximately 80 bankruptcies in this industry.
Total number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands from 2016 to 2019*
Number of SMEs
2019442,529
2018441,925
2017439,081
2016439,367
Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The source mentions that the numbers provided are at the beginning of the year.

The figures have been taken from several publications.

Number of SMEs in the Netherlands 2016-2019
According to the Dutch business registry, the Netherlands gained around 600 new small and medium enterprises between early 2018 and early 2019. The source defined SME (or mkb, a Dutch abbreviation of midden- en kleinbedrijf) as a company having between two to 249 employees, as well as companies with one employee that are not classified as a freelancer/self-employed person. SMEs were the Netherlands’ second largest type of business enterprise.

SMEs play an important part in the Dutch economy

Dutch SMEs were responsible for an added value of roughly 220 billion euros in 2017, a higher amount than in Belgium and Luxembourg. The companies also employed more people that other business segments, as SMEs in the Netherlands accounted for roughly 3.6 million employees.

Most SMEs to be found in retail

According to survey results from April 2018, the most common SME sectors in the Netherlands consisted of retail or wholesale, media, arts and personal services. In the most recent quarter, however, bankruptcies in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry (often referred to as horeca in the Netherlands), saw an increase. As of the first quarter of 2019, there were approximately 80 bankruptcies in this industry.
Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.
Statistics on "SME financing in the Benelux region"
  • General introduction
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.