The manufacturing sector contributes 17% to the country’s overall GDP of which 45% of the manufacturing sector’s output is contributed by the SME sector alone. The SME sector forms an integral part of the Indian manufacturing sector and enjoyed a sheltered existence with a high tariff on imports, fiscal incentives and a monopoly on the manufacture of certain goods. However, the reform era beginning 1991 opened India to trade agreements with other countries that proved advantageous to organizations that held a monopoly in their respective trades. To help with this and augment the global competitiveness of the Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), the Government of India in partnership with the MSME ministry launched a set of schemes under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP). These schemes which began to be implemented in 2006 aim to give these enterprises a competitive edge to survive in a liberalised economy.
Invoice discounting is a form of short-term borrowing often used to improve a company’s working capital and cash flow position. Invoice discounting allows a business to draw money against its sales invoices before the customer has actually paid, helping in growth & expansion without impacting the books of accounts.
Tech giant, Apple Inc.’s plans to set up an iPhone SE manufacturing plant in Bengaluru is still in talks. The iPhone maker’s request for tax relief and exemption from customs duty on imported components and equipment for 15 years is being looked into by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Finance. The PMO is expected to make the final decision about the proposal, though it is expected to be a favorable one. If Apple has its way, would it have a positive impact for the country and the SME industry in particular?
The improving SME landscape in India is a testament to the efforts of the government through the years. In the past, applying for funding or availing loans for SME’s was no easy task. To help with this issue, the Government of India and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) set up the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Small and Micro Enterprises (CGTMSE) in August, 2000 under the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS). The CGTMSE was introduced with an intention to allay all issues surrounding loans and funding within the small, micro and medium enterprises segment. The scheme sent out directives to banks wherein they were required to sanction loans of up to Rs.1 Crore without collaterals or third party guarantee to SME’s. While the introduction of the scheme brought about some much needed changes within the sector, there were still a number of shortfalls.
As most of us are aware, a good credit record is of utmost importance. But did you know that it is important for small businesses too? Not only should all owners of the business maintain a good credit record, but every SME too needs to have a healthy credit rating from an authorised agency such as CRISIL. Most people keep delaying applying for a credit rating for their companies because they find the paperwork daunting. We’re here to help you with just that and break down the paperwork involved.
The Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SME’s) industry in the country is teeming with a multitude of businesses. The government has introduced a number of schemes to empower this sector and encourage indigenous products. However, these businesses are often oblivious to the variety of schemes running and lose out on substantial benefits. One such scheme that helps with tax saving is the R&D Tax Credit Scheme that was introduced to encourage small businesses to take risks and invest in research and development (R&D).
In a country riddled with bureaucracy and corruption, a move by the government in 2006 that promised support to the MSME industry was a breath of fresh air. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act (MSMED Act) of 2006 was enacted with great hope and promise. Its primary aim was to promote and develop this nascent industry while increasing competitiveness within it. It’s been a decade since, but has the act really benefitted SMEs in India?
The MSME industry in India contributes to almost 40% of the gross industrial value. As a result of this, it has an extended support system from the central and state governments these days. In an effort to further simplify the processes within the industry, the Udyog Aadhaar registration was introduced. The Udyog Aadhaar (UA) is nothing but an ID for your business much like the Aadhaar cards we have for ourselves. It’s a 12-digit number that helps the government identify your company and gives you a slew of benefits under the MSMED Act of 2006.