Updated on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 – 01:37
Cepyme asks that the aid reaches microenterprises to avoid new closures
A bar owner closes the establishment during one of the curfews.
The employers of small and medium-sized companies, Cepyme, alerted yesterday about the destruction of the Spanish business fabric since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the analysis of Business Demography made public, the first seven months of 2021 have ended with a Average loss of 44,640 companies compared to the same period of 2019, in seasonally adjusted data, which means that until the end of July only 60% of the business fabric prior to the pandemic had recovered.
Cepyme adds that the mitigation of the health crisis has caused an iIncrease in the creation of companies in the last year, this is decreasing as the year progresses from its peak in April. Thus, the increase in the incorporation of companies in May was 3.1% over the same month of the previous year; in June it was 2.6%, while in July it fell to 2.3%.
Employers are very cautious when analyzing the evolution of SMEs in this recovery stage and calls for prudence because these data reveal the fragility of the productive tissue, because the recovery of corporate wicker has not only been completed in number, but also in quality of the fabric itself. Cepyme refers to the fact that companies that close are more consolidated and have more employees than those that are born, which take several years to acquire sufficient size and experience to be competitive, increasingly highlighting one of the shortcomings of the Spanish business structure : the small size of its small and medium-sized companies, which makes it difficult for them to face other larger ones in international markets.
That is why Cepyme demands from the Government a extra effort in supports and aids to prevent this destruction of companies from increasing as the crisis drags on. In addition. insists that many companies have not yet been able to fully reabsorb their workforce, so greater flexibility will be necessary to undertake the necessary adjustments in the coming months to allow the companies to survive, and stresses that it is necessary that the aid reaches the companies effectively, so that they can give you a slight respite in the future. The employer denounces that in many cases the SMEs have not received the aid announced in the deadlines and the amount necessary.
Without expressly citing it, the business organization criticizes a possible increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) without consensus because at this time taking measures that have an impact on higher cost increases would only serve to penalize the activity of companies and hinder a recovery that has just begun. Last Monday, businessmen, unions and the Government met to agree on a rise in 2021, but the meeting ended without an agreement.
The aid to the smallest companies is crucial if we consider that of the 44,639 companies that have been lost until July, 36,135 –81% – are micro-businesses, that is, they have less than ten workers and have a turnover of less than two million euros. By sectors, the most affected by the pandemic has been the hospitality industry, which had 16,054 fewer companies in July than in 2019; It is followed by commerce, which lost 12,297 companies, and transportation, with 5,553 fewer companies. On the other hand, construction has experienced a biennial rebound of 2,286 companies, while in July there were 967 companies more than two years before related to financial and insurance activities. In information and communications activities, 859 more companies were recorded in the last two years.
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