Flash Eurobarometer 421 (Internationalisation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • European Commission, Brussels
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit (Researcher)
  • TNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Aisa s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest Deutschland, Munich, Germany (Data Collector)
  • TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia (Data Collector)
  • IMS Millward Brown, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece (Data Collector)
  • TNS Demoscopia S.A., Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (Data Collector)
  • TNS Italia srl, Milan, Italy (Data Collector)
  • CYMAR, Nicosia, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia (Data Collector)
  • TNS LT, Vilnius, Lithuania (Data Collector)
  • TNS Dimarso, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • MISCO International Ltd, Valletta, Malta (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • TNS Austria, Vienna, Austria (Data Collector)
  • TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • TNS AISA Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia (Data Collector)
  • TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • TNS SIFO, Stockholm, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • IDRA, Tirana, Albania (Data Collector)
  • Capacent ehf, Reykjavik, Iceland (Data Collector)
  • TNS Brima, Skopje, Macedonia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Medium Gallup, Belgrade, Montenegro (Data Collector)
  • TNS PIAR, Istanbul, Turkey (Data Collector)
  • Institutul de Marketing si Sondaje IMAS-INC, Chişinău, Moldova (Data Collector)
  • TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Branches of Economy, Services and Transport
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Trade, industry and markets
  • Abstract

    Attitude of small and medium-sized enterprises towards import and export activities. Topics: awareness of the Enterprise Europe Network; activities of the company in the last three years inside or outside the EU: exports to other countries, imports from other countries, cooperation with partners based abroad for research and development purposes, work as a subcontractor for a company based abroad, use of a subcontractor based abroad, investment in a company based abroad; export activities or considerations; companies already exporting products or services were asked: significance of each of the following difficulties: high delivery costs, ignorance of the applicable rules, insufficient security of payments from other countries, complicated or costly foreign taxation, lack of language skills, specificity of products, costs from resolving complaints and disputes cross-border, lack of specialized staff, identifying business partners abroad, large financial investment, ignorance where to find information about the potential market; companies not yet exporting products or services were asked the aforementioned issues plus: complicated administrative procedures; countries to which company exported in 2014; percentage of the company´s sales in 2014 coming from: own country, EU countries, countries outside the EU; import activities or considerations; significance of each of the following difficulties with regard to importing products or services: high delivery costs, ignorance of the applicable rules, lack of language skills, lack of specialized staff, identifying business partners abroad, complicated administrative procedures, ignorance where to find information about potential suppliers, controlling order quality; countries from which company imported in 2014; availability of the following services: website presenting products or services, online ordering, online payment; most helpful measures to engage in business abroad. Demography: information about the company: number of employees, year of establishment, independent or part of national or international group, kind of sold products or services and target group; number of employees in January 2008; number of employees by end of the company’s first year of operation; change in number of employees since 2008; change in number of employees since the company’s first year of operation; overall change in number of employees; development of turnover since January 2008 (in percent); development of turnover since end of the company’s first year of operation (in percent); total turnover in 2014. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; country; NACE-Code; nation group; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-25
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-25
    Czech Republic
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-18
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-29
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-29
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-25
    Republic of Cyprus
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-29
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-26
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-29
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-23
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-22
    United Kingdom
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-24
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-25
    Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-29
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
  • 2015-06-10 / 2015-06-30
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Albania (AL)
  • Iceland (IS)
  • Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of (MK)
  • Montenegro (ME)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • Moldova, Republic of (MD)
Sampled Universe
Businesses employing 1 to 249 persons in the sectors of manufacturing, services (wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities, information and communication, financial and insurance activities, real estate activities, professional, scientific and technical activities, administrative and support service activities, arts, entertainment and recreation) and industry (electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities, construction). Whenever a company was eligible the selected respondent had to be a general manager, a financial director or a significant owner.
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Organization
    Number of Units: 14513
    Number of Variables: 220
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6585 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • European Commission: Flash Eurobarometer 421. Internationalisation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer” Unit). Brussels, October 2015. DOI: 10.2873/98032.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 18 | Registration Date: 2015-11-12