The CCISM survey reveals a high level of concern among companies

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Nearly four out of five managers in Saint-Martin are worried about the future of their business because of the health crisis linked to covid-19 and 87% of them are worried about the future of economic activity in Saint-Martin. Martin, this is the feeling that emerges from the survey carried out from August 10 to 22 by Qualistat at the request of the Interprofessional Consular Chamber (CCISM). 430 companies responded to the survey, three-quarters were less than nine years old and 81% less than five employees.

32% of the companies questioned maintained reduced activity, 5% at the same rate as before and 36% were affected by an administrative closure. By August, three in ten businesses had not reopened and three in five had to close due to the crisis. 5% of companies that have not reopened justify their decision by a lack of customers, 85% by a lack of cash, 17% by too heavy regulatory constraints. 12% of companies that have not reopened have filed for bankruptcy.

Three-quarters of companies that have reopened after confinement say they have not returned to a pre-crisis level of activity and 18% have found it.

More than four out of five companies deplore a drop in turnover for the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2020. In 65% of these cases, the contraction in turnover is greater than 50%.

Finally, overall, the companies questioned say they are satisfied with the measures proposed by the government to cushion the effects of the health crisis. 81% of managers requested at least one of the measures, only one in ten companies did not request any of the measures. Partial unemployment (32%) and the solidarity fund for VSEs (30%) are the two most popular measures. (soualigapost.com)

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