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Digitisation in SMEs is progressing very slowly

ICT know-how still primarily represented in large companies

The proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with online sales of at least one per cent of total turnover has risen by two percentage points compared to 2020 (2021: 19 %). In comparison to large enterprises, SMEs sell their …

Der Mittelstand nimmt eine wichtige Rolle bei der Regionalentwicklung ein

Direkter Austausch zwischen strukturschwachen und mittelstandsstarken Regionen ist hilfreich

Während der Corona-Pandemie wirkte der Mittelstand stabilisierend auf die Gesellschaft und die Wirtschaft: Viele mittelständische Unternehmen suchten ihre Beschäftigten trotz ökonomischer Schwierigkeiten zu …


Staatliche Unterstützungsmaßnahmen können nicht jedes Unternehmensrisiko abfedern

IfM Bonn plädiert für eine differenzierte Betrachtung bei der Ausgestaltung möglicher Maßnahmen

Sollten im Zuge des Kriegs in der Ukraine staatliche Unterstützungsprogramme für den Mittelstand erforderlich sein, sollten diese nach Ansicht der Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des IfM Bonn …


Researchers find no negative consequences for construction projects despite a high number of future business closures in the construction industry

Every second owner of a business in the construction industry will retire in the next 10 years; that is, 163,000 companies. This is a key finding of the study "Company Succession in the Construction Industry" published today by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and …


Number of business insolvencies at a historic low

In 2021, only every 10th company closure was caused by insolvency

Almost 14,000 companies filed for insolvency in 2021, around 12% fewer than in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several factors explain this low level. The temporary suspension of the obligation to file for insolvency …


Despite the ongoing pandemic, more there were start-ups in 2021

More women than men start-up in the liberal professions

While the pandemic continued to pose significant challenges to some sectors of the economy in 2021, such as businesses with customer-facing and providers of personal services, the number of start-ups rose by 1.4% to 336,000 in 2021. …

Needs of the German Mittelstand amid the social-ecological transformation of market economy

Round Table German Mittelstand: Companies are committed to climate protection

"Together with the Mittelstand companies, we want to achieve the goal of climate neutrality. That is what we are working towards. We will facilitate that companies can use their  self-produced renewable electricity. This …


How state support works in the crisis

An interim assessment by 5 research institutes and the Bertelsmann Foundation

The various Covid19 support packages have had the anticipated stabilising effects on many solo self-employed workers and small entrepreneurs. Direct payments such as the Überbrückungshilfe and the possibility of furlough …


Skills shortage poses a challenge to Mittelstand enterprises in the manufacturing sector

Pandemic loses its threat potential

The skills shortage will be the biggest challenge for companies in the manufacturing sector in the future. Digitalisation, competitive pressure, and the capacity to innovate follow on the list. These were the findings of a survey of managers conducted by …


Only every fifth family business led by a female boss

IfM Bonn: Despite various efforts, the proportion of women-led businesses has remained constant since 2000

Just under 600,000 of the 3.2 million family businesses in Germany are run by women. This is about every fifth family business. Compared to the number of women in the workforce (46.7%), …