SME chairman: trust that there will be a support package

There will certainly be compensation for SMEs with a high energy bill. That‘s what Jacco Vonhof, chairman of MKB Nederland in Nieuwsuur, says. For the time being, the cabinet is not coming up with concrete plans, but Vonhof says they will come, without mentioning how that support will be designed.

The compensation measures for individuals, which will be announced during Prinsjesdag, will help a small group of entrepreneurs. But for companies with higher energy consumption, more needs to be done, says Vonhof.

These companies are really going to go crazy if we don’t do anything, says the SME leader. Vonhof is sure that this will also happen, based on a meeting in the Catshuis this morning.

Support from Europe
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fact that there is no ready-to-use package yet can be explained, says economist Mathijs Bouman. Everyone wants to help the bakers. But what are the consequences? With measures, you may also support companies that consume an unnecessary amount of energy.

Other European countries are already supporting companies that are in trouble at the moment. The European Commission previously determined that companies that are in trouble due to high energy prices should receive support.

Hundreds of pools closed

Dennis van Rijswijk, from the Dordrecht sports boulevard and spokesperson on behalf of the Dutch ice rinks, also confirms that entrepreneurs are getting into acute problems. His sports boulevard has a swimming pool and an ice rink. For both, the bill is a multiple of what was first.

Van Rijswijk is busy talking to ministries on behalf of the sector. We have to figure this out, because it can‘t be that six to eight ice rinks and around 200 swimming pools will have to close before the end of the year. He expects that more swimming pools and ice rinks will follow in 2023 if nothing is done.

People with their own business are also seeing an explosive increase in the bill. Butcher Piet van der Vooren saw that his bill roughly doubled I thought: Shit. All that has to be taken care of again. And that doesn’t work.

Vonhof further discussed the wage requirement of the unions. He is firm: A 12 percent salary increase is not possible. Entrepreneurs are already struggling due to high energy costs, increased corporate tax, high rental costs and labour market tightness, says Vonhof.

An increase of 12 percent is therefore not feasible. According to Vonhof, that 12 percent also includes some compensation for the high energy costs. Because the government is coming up with measures, entrepreneurs do not have to cough up that part, he believes. Vonhof is therefore thinking of an increase of around 5 percent.

This wage requirement creates the idea that the money sloshes against the baseboards among entrepreneurs, says Vonhof. But that is not the case, according to him.