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The Impact of Financial Innovation Investment Support on SME Competitiveness

Anna Lewandowska, Yuriy Bilan, Grzegorz Mentel

investments in innovation, EU funds, economic growth, competitiveness, SMEs

This article examines financial support (especially EU Structural Funds as the main tool of cohesion policy) for investments as a lever for the development of SME innovativeness in Poland. The European Commission strongly stresses the importance of their cohesion policy and support for SMEs. European enterprises have suffered significantly from the credit crunch, and the situation could worsen as banks engage in restructuring to eliminate impaired assets from their balance sheets. Supporting SMEs and promoting entrepreneurship is essential for economic development and competitiveness, especially in less developed regions. The main aim of this study is to establish the impact of financial support for investments, especially from EU Structural Funds, on SME competitiveness in Poland. We have analyzed empirically the data drawn from CATI carried out among 805 firms. We have learned how SMEs assess the financial support from different sources along with the resulting impact on the competitiveness of SMEs. The main statistical test for relationships and dependencies was the chi-square independence test and Cramer’s V. The results of our research show that SMEs have not used financial support efficiently. Moreover, micro-enterprises were shown to be the least effective after receiving financial support from EU funds. This support often has a demand-driven effect, but it does not improve firm competitiveness.

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Lewandowska, A., Bilan, Y., & Mentel, G. (2021). The Impact of Financial Innovation Investment Support on SME Competitiveness. Journal of Competitiveness, 13(3), 92–110. https://doi.org/10.7441/joc.2021.03.06

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