The survey, released by global accounting firm CPA Australia, shows that 89 per cent of small businesses reported growth during the last 12 months and 94 per cent expect to grow in the next 12 months. The results also show that 86 per cent of small businesses expect the local Vietnamese economy to grow in the next 12 months.
These very optimistic figures rank Vietnam second of the eight markets surveyed, behind only Indonesia and ahead of Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia.
Across the region, the survey found that small businesses experiencing growth are significantly more likely to be focussing on innovation, e-commerce, social media, training, and exporting.
CPA Australia chief executive Alex Malley said small businesses in Vietnam had a strong focus on the drivers of growth.
“The Vietnamese economy is growing and small businesses in Vietnam are increasingly becoming part of that growth story,” he said. “Small businesses in Vietnam are outward facing, confident and optimistic. They demonstrate all the hallmarks of a growing sector.”
The reported growth and confidence are also reflected in employment figures with 54 per cent of small businesses saying they have increased employee numbers in the past year and a considerable 71 per cent expecting to increase in the next 12 months.
“There is extraordinary potential for small businesses in Vietnam and I expect that we will see continued growth. It is possible that some of these businesses might grow into the large multinationals of the future,” Malley said.
Vietnam also performed well in terms of embracing the opportunities of the digital economy, with 86 per cent of respondents earning revenue from online sales and 92 per cent using social media for business purposes.
The survey also showed an increase in the number of small businesses that expect to introduce a new product, service or process, with 31 per cent of businesses reporting such intentions, up from 26 per cent in the previous survey.
“Given their importance to the Vietnamese economy, the government’s policy settings are providing the environment needed for small businesses to thrive,” Malley said.
The CPA Australia Asia-Pacific Small Business survey provides annual insights into the views of small businesses and is conducted across eight markets in the region. This is the seventh year the research has been conducted.
Vietnam Data snapshot
Business and economic growth
The full results of the CPA Australia Asia-Pacific Small Business Survey can be viewed here. https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/professional-resources/business-management/small-business/asia-pacific-small-business-survey