1.7 million micro enterprises at risk of default. Four out of 10 micro enterprises are at risk of closure due to the economic crisis caused by the health emergency which has exploded in recent months. To say it is the CGIA after learning the results of the last monthly note published by Istat on the trend of the Italian economy. The Institute, in fact, carried out a survey on a representative sample of Italian companies of different sizes, from which it emerged that the micro business realities are, among all, those most in difficulty.
“We refer – begins the coordinator of the Paolo Zabeo Studies Office – to that middle productive class made up of service companies, shopkeepers, artisan shops and VAT numbers with less than 10 employees who have not recovered since the lockdown and, now, have expressed their intention to permanently close the shutter. The sectors most vulnerable to the crisis that emerged from this survey were bars, restaurants, hospitality businesses, small businesses, the culture and entertainment sector “.
“In the production – concludes Zabeo – the difficulties have affected above all the furniture, wood, paper and printing sector, as well as textiles, clothing and footwear. With little liquidity available and the collapse of household consumption, the budgets of these micro businesses have turned red. A situation considered irreversible that is causing many small business owners to throw in the towel definitively “.
“The economic effects of COVID – underlines the secretary of the Cgia Renato Mason – overlapped with a general situation that was already deeply deteriorated. I remember that between 2009 and 2019 the total stock of the artisan companies in Italy fell by almost 180,000 units 2. About 60 percent of the contraction related to activities related to the home sector: construction workers, tinsmiths, installers, painters, electricians, plumbers, etc. they have lived through difficult years and many have been forced to go out of business “.
Mason still points out that “the construction crisis and the vertical fall in household consumption have been lethal. Of course, many other artisan professions, especially related to the world of design, the web, communication, are imposing themselves. Unfortunately, the profound transformations taking place and the dramatic crisis that we will experience in the coming months will erase many activities that will change the face of our cities, also negatively affecting the social cohesion of the country “.
La Cgia goes back to asking that “with the August decree, the most fragile micro-commercial and productive realities in the health emergency” are “helped to stay alive”. Such as? The association of small artisans indicates “firstly, through a further and more robust disbursement of grants; secondly, with the cancellation of the fiscal deadlines, at least until the end of this year”. The forecasts, “unfortunately, do not bode well” say from the CGIA recalling that in 2009, “the horribilis year of the Italian economy of the past 75 years, the national GDP fell by 5.5 percent, while the rate unemployment has risen from 6 percent to 12 percent within 2 years. ”
“With a GDP that in the brightest forecasts this year should decrease by 10 percent, almost double the contraction recorded in 2009, the danger that the number of unemployed increases exponentially is very high. The closure due to the crisis of many small businesses it also has equally negative social repercussions, “says CGIA.