Between 2016-2017, the number of high-growth enterprises increased by more than the EU average in 16 EU Member States, the spike was highest in Cyprus (57%).
However, the absolute number of high-growth enterprises in Cyprus is relatively low (102 in 2016 and 160 in 2017).
Slovenia came second (20%), followed by Finland (19%) the Netherlands (17%), Italy and Lithuania (both 16%).
A decrease in the number of high-growth enterprises was recorded in five EU Member States: Malta (-18%), Slovakia (-8%), Hungary (-3%), the United Kingdom and Romania (both -2%).
In 2017, the number of high-growth enterprises in the European Union increased by 6% compared with 2016. According to the preliminary data, the number of high-growth enterprises in the EU was 190,000, compared with 180,000 in 2016.
These enterprises provided jobs for around 16 million employees: a year-on-year increase in employees of 5%.
Highest increase in the construction sector
The number of high-growth enterprises increased in all economic sectors for which figures are available. The highest increases were in ‘construction’ (11.3%) and ‘mining and quarrying’ (10.7%), followed by ‘transportation and storage’ (8.6%) and ‘professional, scientific and technical activities’ (8.0%).
The smallest increase was in ‘manufacturing’ (2.5%).
For Cyprus the main growth sectors were enterprises in repair of computers and personal and household goods, wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles and accommodation and food services.
High-growth enterprises are defined as enterprises with an average annualised growth in the number of employees of more than 10 % per year over a three-year period and at least 10 employees when the growth began.
High-growth enterprises play an important role in contributing to economic growth and job creation.
Source: Financial Mirror