The King appreciates the work of SMEs and freelancers during the pandemic

Javier González Navarro




Felipe VI has highlighted and thanked the work of small and medium-sized companies and the self-employed during the pandemic. This was stated in his speech at the closing of the Cepyme awards ceremony held today in the auditorium of the Reina Sofía Museum.

The King stressed that SMEs “are the basis of our economy” and that to speak of SMEs “is to speak of society.” «Your permanent commitment and sacrifice to carry out your business, to contribute to economic activity and generate wealth, employment and well-being are truly worthy of admiration and gratitude ”, Don Felipe assured.

These awards, he added, allow expressing “due gratitude to the more than three million firms that each day, with their drive, contribute to the advancement of our economy” and whose task on many occasions, he stressed, «Goes unnoticed“Despite the fact that” they account for most of the production of our country’s wealth. “

In this sense, he acknowledged that «2020 has been a particularly difficult year in which society has faced moments of enormous hardship » but during which the Spanish “have once again demonstrated the civic sense of putting the common good before individual interest”, something that entrepreneurs have also done.

Is VII edition of the Cepyme awards, which recognizes the effort and work of small and medium-sized companies during 2020, has been sponsored by Banco Santander and has had the collaboration of Endesa, Facebook, Randstad, Inserta-Fundación Once, Iberia, Visa, UPS, Orange, Wolters Kluwer, Informa and Vocento.

At the beginning of the event, the CEOE president, Antonio Garamendi, thanked the King because “in these difficult and difficult times, the Crown has lived up to».

The event, which the recently re-elected president of Cepyme, Gerardo Cuerva, has not been able to attend because he is convalescing from Covid-19, was attended by, among others, the Third Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.

This has emphasized that SMEs and the self-employed are the basis of the Spanish economy and that the Government’s measures have caused the number of self-employed people not to drop, but to have increased by 19,604. It has also confirmed that ERTEs will be extended as of May 31 under the same conditions that nowadays.

The award for best SME of the year has been for Airtificial, a Spanish company that was born more than 20 years ago and is dedicated to the design of automotive components. It is present in Mexico, the USA, China, Poland and India.

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