Industry Intelligence

Maximise Your BDS Programme's Impact Using Ecosystem Insights

Format: PDF | Publication: April 2017 | Pages: 72

Author: Catalyst For Growth NPC

2017 BDS Ecosystem Ecosytem Report - Results From The Beta Test

This report seeks to show the type of analysis that can be performed as C4G’s dataset grows. The analyses included in this report are based on a series of key questions uncovered during a stakeholder engagement process, with corporate, BDS providers, government and investors.

The four (4) learning questions are:

  1. What type of SMMEs / Characteristics of entrepreneurs, benefit most from BDS?
  2. What type of BDS programmes performs the best?
  3. What is the national economic benefit of supporting SMMEs?
  4. What type of BDS is most efficient (value for money) in creating jobs and revenue?

Format: PDF | Publication: Feb 2019 | Pages: 89

Author: Catalyst For Growth NPC

2018 The Role And Impact Of Business Development Support Services On South Afircan SMMEs

Since the start of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and the advent of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, billions of Rands are spent on SMME development through Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD). This report takes a step in informing the sector on this return on investment. To achieve the National Development Plan (NDP) goals and successfully implement ESD, C4G sees Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as an integral, strategic priority for South Africa.

  1. High-cost BDS had the worst-performing SMEs.
  2. Facilitating access to finance or investors was ranked the most impactful BDS service, but rated the least by the entrepreneurs.
  3. SMMEs in mixed-sector programmes performed better across most performance indicators compared to sector-specific programmes.

Format: PDF | Publication: March 2020 | Pages: 143

Author: Catalyst For Growth NPC

2019 The Role And Impact Of Business Development Support Services On South Afircan SMMEs

The importance of small, medium and micro-enterprises in South Africa keeps increasing against the backdrop of high unemployment levels and political flux. In South Africa alone, there are in excess of 2.5 million SMMEs contributing approximately one fifth (20%) of GDP to the country’s economy. As these figures continue to rise, public and private institutions must ensure that these business owners are provided with the requisite knowledge and experiences for effective business management, sustainability, access to markets and success. There is also a dire need for more information surrounding business development support programmes and how their performance can impact entrepreneurs enrolled in these programmes.

Specific themes, relevant to the successes and challenges of the SMME environment, emerged and guided the development of this report. The sections of this report namely Motivations for Entrepreneurship, Impact of BDS Programmes, Financing Entrepreneurship and Business Discontinuation speak directly to these and are complemented by an assessment of BDS principles, which include longitudinal SMME performance, skills development, access to markets and the increasing use of technology.