I need a text about the importance of innovative small and medium firms, especially about those companies that are not owned by academics but by craftsmen, artisans, technicians and so on.
They are a very important economic factor in old member states of the European Union like in Germany (Das Handwerk!), Italy and France, but also in the new member states.
Even if they are not engaged in formal R&D they need to be more and more innovative, need to develop new products and services to survice in the globalised economies.
I need a text in perfect English with about 600 words. Deadline is February 14th.