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The Entreprenurial Perception of SME Business Environment Quality in the Czech Republic

Ključnikov Aleksandr, Belás Jaroslav, Kozubíková Ludmila, Paseková Pavla

Keywords:
small and medium-sized enterprises, business environment quality, state financial support, credit risk, market risk, Czech Republic

Abstract
This article defines and quantifies important factors of the quality of the business environment for small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in the Czech Republic.To do so, itcompares the attitudes of entrepreneurs categorized by gender, education, age and firm size. A study of the business environment was conducted in 2015 from a sample of 1,141 respondents (the owners of companies), and the results were analyzed. It was found that only 10% of the entrepreneurs positively evaluated the applicable forms of state financial support. The study also demonstrated no statistically-significant response differences among the designated social groups. 64% of Czech entrepreneurs feel the support of their surroundings while doing business,45% think that SMEs have restricted access to external sources of financing, and over half note the intensive influence of market risk. It was also determined that there are statistically-significant differences in the pattern of responses between men and women and between micro-enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises.

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10.7441/joc.2016.01.05


Ključnikov A., Belás J., Kozubíková L., Paseková P.(2016). The Entreprenurial Perception of SME Business Environment Quality in the Czech Republic. Journal of Competitiveness, 8 (1), 66-78 http://doi.org/10.7441/joc.2016.01.05 
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