The state is distributing billions to small businesses, and that’s not enough for you?
I agree. The programs end where the core of small and medium-sized businesses begins, for companies with more than 50 employees. We get desperate calls from entrepreneurs because they don’t get any money from banks because they have to respect their capital requirements. Now these medium-sized companies are falling into a hole.
Who are the people affected?
For example, a manufacturer of hotel textiles from the Swabian Jura, super successful in its niche, with a working business model. As a result of the shutdown in the catering and hotel industry, sales went to zero overnight. 83 employees – short-time work is not enough to survive the liquidity loss. But there is no state aid. This is a blind spot. Our petition to the federal government: please open the short-term, unbureaucratic measures also for medium-sized companies.
Should we save a manufacturer of fine napkins for luxury hotels with tax money?
No. But we are in an exceptional situation in which the state has slowed down the economy …
The state or the pandemic?
The state with the infection control measures. If there were not the complete closure of the catering trade and further parts of the trade, if there were not the ban on assembly, certain economic cycles would still work.