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SMEs in St Petersburg: key data
Small business is the most important part of the economy of the city. 45% of all working citizens of St. Petersburg are employed in this area.
337Thousands of SMEs
1More than 1 million of employees
4.9Trillion ₽ - turnover
Key industries in St Petersburg
The following key sectors are most perspective for internationalisation, export & investments.
Engine & electrical equipment production
Education and training
Pharmaceuticals & medical equipment
Information & communications technologies
Research & development
St. Petersburg is an ideal location for the following business models:
Favorable economic and geographical position, highly educated, efficient and motived workforce as well as developed infrastructure make St. Petersburg an ideal location for Russian headquarters of any international business.
Research & Development center
St. Petersburg is an acknowledged scientific and educational center as well as a Russian leader in information technology, which possesses all necessary innovative infrastructure and extensive government support to accommodate your R&D activities.
One of Russia’s most important production centers provides you with developed logistics, innovative and flexible business environment as well as highly efficient and motivated workforce to accommodate your production facilities in the city.
St. Petersburg is an ideal test market in the European part of Russia, which will allow you to assess the demand for your new products and improve your technology and business models.
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Business zone with the opportunity of buying out land plots, acquiring them in private ownership and building business, social and cultural infrastructure facilities.
Territory with a preferential tax treatment for residents engaged in scientific and technological activities.
The second campus
An environment for personal growth, professional and creative development of students, scientists, teachers and employees from all over the world.
Visit the key business event and find the right contacts
Below you will find information about key business events conducted in St. Petersburg, where companies, experts and key decision makers meet to discuss the strategies and best practices, share ideas and form new partnerships.
Petersburg Partneriat is one of the largest congress and exhibition events in St. Petersburg in the field of development of economic cooperation and interregional relations.
The SME Forum is annual event for the discussion of the current climate for small and medium-sized business and the measures which need to be taken in order to strengthen its role in the Russian economy.
SPIIF is the largest platform in the Northern capital for promoting scientific and industrial potential. The Forum is organized by the Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade of St. Petersburg.
Forum of small and medium-sized enterprises of St. Petersburg
XIX Forum of small and medium-sized enterprises of St. Petersburg - the central and the final event of the year for SMEs. The forum is a platform for a dialogue between business and government and exchange of entrepreneurial experience.
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Center for Entrepreneurship Development and Support
Center for Entrepreneurship Development and Support is a unique convergence of governmental, public, educational and commercial organizations that provide with services necessary for business development.
"Moy Business" project is a universal platform for start-ups and existing entrepreneurs, working on the principle of "one-stop-shop service".
Enterprise Europe Network - Russia
EEN-Russia is a project of participation of Russian business and innovation organizations in the Enterprise Europe Network.
St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development
St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development (SPBFRB) is a non-for-profit, non-governmental business support institution as well as independent professional business consultancy established in 1995 with the assistance of the Government of St. Petersburg.
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Industry and innovation directory
The directory was published by Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovations and Trade of Saint-Petersburg.
The project is executed by the following consortium: ITMO University (Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics) (Lead partner) (RUS), Saint Petersburg Technopark (RUS), Saint Petersburg Foundation for SME Development (RUS), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (FIN), Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company, Cursor Ltd. (FIN)
The project is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland in the framework of South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme.