The desire to fight and to revive the economic fortunes of their activities by many small entrepreneurs is there, but good intentions may not be enough. “It cannot be excluded that by the end of the year the overall stock of craft businesses in the country will decrease by almost 100 thousand units, with a loss of at least 300 thousand jobs”, underlines Paolo Zabeo, coordinator of the research office. And even the long-awaited non-repayable grants introduced with the Raising Decree in favor of small businesses risk not having the desired effects. According to the data of the CGIA, in fact, the economic dimension of the refreshment is very limited. The coverage of losses for assets that have undergone the lockdown will reach, at best, 1/6.
The most negative balance in absolute terms on the first quarter of 2020 is recorded by Lombardy (-1,814 companies), Emilia Romagna (-1,215), Piedmont (-1,068) and Veneto (-1,002). On a provincial basis, on the other hand, the heaviest situations of contraction of artisan businesses occurred in large metropolitan areas. In particular in Turin (-544), Milan (-490), Rome (-421), Bari (-346) and Bologna (-274). Of the 105 provinces analyzed, the only ones that registered a positive balance were three: Trieste (+11), Imperia (+16) and Catania (+76).
“Craftsmanship needs support because it is the element of social cohesion of our production system. If micro businesses disappear, we risk significantly lowering the quality of our made in Italy “, declares the secretary of the CGIA, Renato Mason.” It is true that with the Relaunch decree various measures have been introduced including the zeroing of the balance and the Irap advance payment due in June, the re-proposal of the 600 euros for the month of April and the deduction of 60% of the rents, but this is still insufficient to make up for the ruinous fall in turnover recorded in the last few months by many small businesses ” To all this is added the forecast on consumption of Italian households which, compared to 2019, is slumped by about 75 billion. A thud that will affect its craftsmen, small traders and self-employed workers.