PME Líder 2016
“PME Líder” [SME Leader] is a registered trademark of IAPMEI. PME Líder status is awarded by IAPMEI and Turismo de Portugal (for tourism companies), under the FINCRESCE Programme, in partnership with 11 banks operating in Portugal.
IAPMEI takes into account various determining factors in the award of PME Líder status, including no debts to the tax authorities and social security. The companies must also have a good risk profile (AAA, AA and A rating), according to the internal credit rating systems of partner banks.
PME Excelência 2016
“PME Excelência” [SME’s of Excellence] is a registered trademark of IAPMEI. It is awarded by IAPMEI and Turismo de Portugal (for tourism companies), in partnership with 11 banks operating in Portugal, and is valid for one year.
The companies awarded PME Excelência status are selected from the group of companies holding PME Líder [SME Leaders] status on 30 October of the preceding year, complying with the economic and financial criteria relating to financial autonomy, net profitability, net financial debt, turnover and growth, among others.
Traductanet, which first achieved PME Excelência status in 1999, was again conferred this status in 2016.
With a mission to “enhance the competitiveness of Portugal’s companies by fostering and disseminating a culture and implementation of innovation, as well as developing the knowledge held in the country”, COTEC is a non-profit association that relies on the support of its Members and the institutions of the National Innovation System (SNI) to achieve its goals. It does this throughundertaking of initiatives in several fields.
The COTEC Innovation SME Network was created for the development of competencies in SMEs and has the following goals: to enhance public recognition of a select group of SMEs, which represent examples of value creation for the country because of their innovative attitude and activity; to establish a cooperative network between the Members of COTEC Portugal and this group of SMEs; and to give specific support in growth phases, namely by attracting relevant investment and supporting internationalisation.