The family business asks the Board and Government "courage" so that the Next Generation does not reach only large companies

11/06/2021 – 17:55

Family Business of Castilla y León (EFCL) has today called on the administrations for an effective management of direct aid and European funds so that these items reach the companies affected by the coronavirus crisis in an effective way and can cope with your needs.

This has been expressed by the president of EFCL, Rocío Hervella, during the General Assembly of Members held today in León, which was attended by a hundred heads of family companies from the entire region, as well as from the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, and from different authorities.

In Hervella’s opinion, a management model for these funds and grants is essential that allows the amounts committed to meet the needs of all companies, taking into account its characteristics in each case.

Thus, he insisted on the need for “an intelligent performance that, Leaving No One Behind, Avoid Easy Coffee Solutions For All, because generic aid to a micro-enterprise does not affect in the same way as it does to a medium or large business group, companies of the future that are great generators of employment and drivers in their sector “.

Hervella also warned about the design of the Next Generation Funds application that, in his opinion, clearly favors large companies, while medium and small companies have more difficulties due to the size of their projects and their presentation model.

“So, we demand courage to make fair and effective decisions, and not guided by the popularity or unpopularity of the moment “said the president of EFCL, who explained that the association is working on the design of a model to help overcome these difficulties and achieve the best results for society.

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In this regard, Hervella reiterated EFCL’s willingness to continue actively dialoguing with administrations and political representatives to contribute to the sustainable development of society, by promoting the growth and transformation of the 168 family businesses that make up the association, which represent 20% of regional GDP and more than 10% of private sector employment. .

Among the initiatives promoted by EFCL to achieve this objective, he cited the Innovative Growth Plan of the Junta de Castilla y León, in whose development the association collaborates, and the abolition of the Inheritance and Donation Tax between direct family members, a historical claim of EFCL that it has “happily come true” last May.

“Thanks to the union, the drive and consistency of all partners an injustice has been ended that, for so many years, hundreds of families in our Community, and dozens of business families have suffered, “he explained.

Finally, he explained that the association is working to address the transformation of companies and society by promoting digitization, sustainability and training, especially promoting VET through the “Land of Knowledge” project, which develops the EFCL Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

“Throughout this terrible year of pandemic we have needed to adapt to the new situation in order to recover and thus face the transformation that allows us to quickly become companies of a radically different tomorrow than today“, he concluded.

After the General Assembly of Members, the businessmen held a working day focused on analyzing the role of the family business in economic recovery, the inauguration of which was attended by the president of the Junta de Castilla y León; the mayor of León, José Antonio Díez, and Francisco Javier Martín Calvo, territorial director of Banco Santander, the entity that sponsored the event.

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Then, the president of Ecoalf, Javier Goyeneche, and the CEO of Patatas Hijolusa, José Luis Gómez, discussed sustainability and values ​​in the family business, in a round table moderated by the journalist Ignacio Fernández Sobrino.

The day also counted with the participation of the surgeon Mario Alonso Puig, who gave the presentation “Transform your life and your company”.

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