News

Published weekly, the articles in this section provide information for SMEs on the following topics:

  • The latest economic developments
  • New studies related to SMEs in Switzerland
  • Useful news for companies

The most recent articles are also posted on the SME Portal homepage.

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2022

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Loans and online securities trading are popular

(29.06.2022) Internet-based crowdfunding set a new record in 2021. According to the Crowdfunding Monitor of the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts (HSLU), CHF 791.8 million was raised by this means, representing an increase of 31% compared to 2020.
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Machine industry sees slight slowdown

(29.06.2022) The economic climate for SMEs in the machine industry remains positive. In the second quarter of 2022, the SME-MEM index of Swissmechanic and the economic research institute BAK stood at 25, although this was a more modest figure than in the first quarter (34).
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Bundesrat trifft Richtungsentscheid für einen Schweizer Innovationsfonds

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(22.06.2022) Der Bundesrat will den Standort Schweiz für Start-ups weiter stärken. Er hat am 22. Juni 2022 einen Richtungsentscheid zugunsten eines branchenneutralen Schweizer Innovationsfonds getroffen.
An industrial warehouse.

SMEs in good shape despite economic situation

(22.06.2022) Morale among small and medium-sized companies is high. Raiffeisen Bank's PMI-SME index, which surveys nearly 200 purchasing managers in Switzerland, remained at 59.1 in May, the same level as the previous month.
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Swiss hotel industry: highly encouraging upturn in visitor numbers

(22.06.2022) The hotel sector experienced a sharp rebound during the winter of 2021/2022. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the industry recorded 14.6 million overnight stays. This represents a 54% increase in demand in all tourist regions compared with the previous year.
Adults in a classroom.

Almost 50% of Swiss population received continued education in 2021

(15.06.2022) Continuing education is very common among the Swiss. In 2021, 45% of respondents to the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) Swiss Adult Education Survey had participated in such courses.
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Bankruptcy cases on the rise in Switzerland

(15.06.2022) Bankruptcies continue to rise. Between January and April 2022, there were 1,448 bankruptcies, an increase of 15% compared to the same period in 2021, according to consultancy firm Dun & Bradstreet. Business start-ups are also becoming more cautious.
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Industrial production and sales up in Q1

(08.06.2022) At the start of the year, all signs were on the up for Swiss industry. Production in the first quarter of 2022 rose by 7.9% year-on-year, according to figures from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
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Increasing numbers of 55-64-year-olds are working in Switzerland

(08.06.2022) People aged 55 to 64 in Switzerland are more active in the workforce than they were ten years ago. From 2011 to 2021, the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS) showed a 5.9 point increase to 75.8% in the activity rate for this age group.
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Workplace ambiance is a crucial criterion for millennials

(01.06.2022) For the younger generation, the most important aspect of a job search is the company atmosphere. According to a study in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria by the consulting firm EY, more than 60% of 18-40-year-olds in these countries are concerned about this.
Woman in a furniture store.

Consumer habits adapt to rising prices

(01.06.2022) Rising prices due to the global economic situation are putting a strain on the Swiss budget. A study by the accounting and consulting firm PwC reveals that inflation is a source of concern for the majority of the country's consumers (59%).
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National eGovernment Study 2022: people would like more eGovernment services

(10.05.2022) The National eGovernment Study published on May 10, 2022, has confirmed that the demand for eGovernment services remains high. The cross-sectional survey of the general public, businesses, and the administration shows that demand for e-services exceeds supply.

2021

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Switch to the QR-bill Picks Up Speed

(28.12.2021) The latest survey results from gfs.bern concerning the discontinuation of payment slips show: The switch of companies to the QR-bill picks up speed. Already today, around two thirds of all Swiss companies are planning to complete the switch on time.

Replacement of payment slips – majority of companies have recognized the need for action

(28.07.2021) The latest study by gfs.bern on the replacement of the current payment slips shows that the majority of companies recognize the need for action. After 30 September 2022, payments will no longer be possible in Switzerland using the red and orange payment slips. By this date at the latest, all Swiss companies must be able to issue QR-bills.
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Discontinuation of Payment Slips: Switch to QR-bill or eBill Now

(24.02.2021) PostFinance has set the end date for the current red (IS) and orange (ISR) payment slips as 30 September 2022. It is thereby supporting the digitalization of payment transactions and the corresponding follow-up products QR-bill and eBill. The red and orange payment slips will thus be definitively replaced for all Swiss bank customers. Companies are now required to switch if they have not done so already.

2018

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Companies benefit from EasyGov and SME Portal

(20.11.2018) SME Portal and EasyGov.swiss together generate annual benefits of around CHF 47 million for Swiss companies. According to a SECO study published on 20 November 2018, both of these platforms are highly appreciated by users in the economy. SME Portal alone has over 37,000 users per month.
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The SME Portal is available in English

(12.09.2018) Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, the SME Portal is now available in English. Launched on September 11 by the Secretariat of State for Economic Affairs (SECO), this new version of the site makes thousands of practical and useful information available to English-speaking leaders.

Last modification 04.01.2022

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