High-growth enterprises, European standard; SIC2008

High-growth enterprises, European standard; SIC2008

SIC 2008 Periods High-growth enterprise population (number) Employees in high-growth enterprises (number)
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2010 6,025 592,188
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2011 5,616 540,458
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2012 5,868 619,678
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2013 5,794 611,985
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2014 5,528 637,410
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2015 6,128 699,160
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2016 7,279 830,332
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2017 8,498 945,515
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2018* 10,206 1,263,069
Business Economy, B-N, excl. K, incl. 95 2019* 9,278 1,063,392
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table includes information on business demography according to the European standard. Figures in this table are also submitted in this form to Eurostat. Information concerns the population of high-growth enterprises. These are enterprises with an average yearly employee growth of at least 10%, over a period of three subsequent years. Data is broken down by size class based on number of employees and by the National Classification of Economic Activity 2008 (NCEA 2008, based on NACE Rev 2.0). Data also includes employees in these enterprises. NACE is taken at the end of the growth period.

Data available from: 2010

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table from 2010 to 2017 are final. Figures about 2018 and 2019 are provisional.

Changes as of 16 September 2022:
None, this is a new table.

When will new figures be released?
Figures on a new reporting year (T – 2) will be published in July of the current year T.

Description topics

High-growth enterprise population
High-growth enterprises, based on employment. A high-growth enterprise or fast grower is an enterprise with an average annual growth rate of 10% or more, over a period of 3 consecutive years, measured by number of employees.

This means that a total growth of at least 33.1% must be achieved over a period of 3 years. In addition, enterprises must have at least 10 employees at the beginning of the growth period and enterprises established in the starting year of the growth period are not counted.

Thus, a high-growth enterprise in year t has achieved growth of at least 33.1% in the period t-3 to t, has a minimum of 10 employees in year t-3 and is established before year t-3.
Employees in high-growth enterprises
Employees in high-growth enterprises, based on employment. The number of employees is determined based on the employees on the payroll excluding director-major shareholders. The number of employees per enterprise is calculated from wage tax data of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.