Set up a series of actions to help SMEs from Confederation of Spanish SMEs and from the businesses organizations in Catalonia

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Helena DE FELIPE LEHTONEN
Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (CEPYME)
Federation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Catalonia (FEPIME)

A series of measures have been put in place to help small and medium-sized enterprises from the confederation of Spanish SMEs and business organisations in Catalonia.

Action taken by the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (CEPYME) during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Setting up a specific email address for SMEs, where their queries and doubts could be addressed.
  • Surveys (SME Barometer) were conducted, with the number of businesses taking part totalling more than 4 700. They were carried out with the aim of finding out first-hand about the impact of COVID-19, the measures being taken, access to state-endorsed financing and difficulties in implementing the government's measures, etc.
  • Agreements have been reached with multinational companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Orange, Mapfre, Iberdrola, Prosegur, Wolters Kuwer, Renault, etc., to offer tools and services to help cope with the COVID-19 crisis on very favourable terms or free of charge.

FROM THE BUSINESSES ORGANIZATIONS IN CATALONIA -FEPIME CATALUNYA- Different regions in Catalonia

  1. The Anoia Business Union (UEA) has created a group of voluntary digitisation advisors to help companies cope with the COVID-19 situation. More information
  2. The Business Association of L'Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat (AEBALL) is offering e‑workshops and services to advise businesses on the COVID-19 crisis. More information ​​​​​​​
  3. The Lleida Trade Federation (FECOM) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Architects' Association of Catalonia to offer its members a special mediation service to help with rental agreements. More information
  4. Ripollès Cross-sector Business Union (UIER) has taken part in different initiatives to tackle the effects of the coronavirus such as online training and updating regulatory information linked to the measures adopted by the government that affect businesses. More information
  5. The Maresme Federation of Business Associations and Guilds (FAGEM) distributed 1 300 face shields to businesses and local councils in the area. It aimed to meet the needs of many non-essential sectors that resumed face-to-face activities on 14 April following the state of emergency decree relaxing the lockdown measures. More information
  6. Terrassa Business Confederation (CECOT) has distributed a million masks, at cost price, to 100 000 workers and developed an immediate action plan for the labour market. More information