Small to Medium Enterprises


As at February 2007:1

  • 97% of enterprises were SMEs with 89% of enterprises employing five or fewer people;
  • the number of SMEs had increased 2% since 2006;
  • SMEs accounted for 31% of all employees with five or fewer employee firms accounting for 12% of all employees; and
  • those employed by SME’s increased by 18% since 2001.


1 SMEs in New Zealand: Structure and Dynamics 2008, Ministry of Economic Development (MED) 2008.