According to the study by business management software and services provider Sage, the employment they provide, their productivity and their value outstrip their size.Currently, 26,600 mid-market firms account for just 1.5 per cent of the 1.82m registered enterprises in the UK’s business economy. Despite this, they were found to contribute 17 per cent of the country’s total gross valued added (GVA) output in 2014 – having experienced growth of 33 per cent since 2009. At the same time, the sector has experienced a surge in employment with 260,000 jobs created over the past six months alone and further growth of 5.3 per cent expected over the next five years, according to Sage’s Economic Impact Report, a snapshot of the state of Europe’s mid-market – defined according to the European standard as companies with between 50-249 employees. The research, undertaken with the Centre for Economics and Business Research and Redshift Research, analysed the contribution of mid-sized enterprises to 12 major economies of the EU. Of all the European countries included within the study, the UK has seen the most growth in terms of mid-market employment in the years since the 2008-09 downturn. Employment figures for the sector currently stand at 3.02m, but this set to rise to 3.18m by 2019. The survey also found that mid-sized enterprises are highly optimistic about the coming year. The overwhelming majority (73 per cent) said turnover would stay the same or grow by up to 50 per cent. Expectations for hiring were even more buoyant with 70 per cent expecting staff numbers to grow in the next year. This was the highest proportion across 12 European countries in the survey. Read more about mid-market UK firms:
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