Peter Haas, general manager of the Südwesttextil association
The billion blessing does not help at all in the core of the economy, says Peter Haas, managing director of the Südwesttextil association, and sees large parts of the industry behind him.
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.