The Finnish Commerce Federation, the University of Eastern Finland, LUT University, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Oulu and the University of Tampere are launching a completely new type of study package on digital commerce which offers a long-awaited way to enhance commerce competence in the Finnish educational field.
The Finnish Government is preparing the fourth round of applications for business cost support, a vital measure for businesses in the commerce sector due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. The Finnish Commerce Federation finds the proposed criteria for the support excessively strict as they exclude a large share of businesses in the commerce sector. The restricted and slow start to the summer’s tourism and festivity season contributes to the financial challenges of entrepreneurs, making it necessary to review the criteria for the support.
The festive season in the summer is approaching, but it is still unclear whether Finns will be allowed to arrange festivities, and for companies to invest in the high season. The Finnish Commerce Federation and the Federation of Finnish Enterprises require that the authorities swiftly review the restrictions and recommendations on gatherings and communicate their decisions as the epidemiological situation is easing up. As the pandemic is prolonged, a successful festive season can be crucial for specialty goods trade and companies in the service sector in terms of the continuity of their operations.
The value commerce has added to the economy has grown faster than the entire national economy on average. This means that commerce has become an increasingly significant creator of well-being in Finland. Municipalities should pay careful attention to what companies have to say and build functioning cooperation to promote regional vitality.
Opening up society as quickly as possible but in a controlled manner after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided is important for economic recovery. Regional emphasis on vaccines and the introduction of coronavirus passports will accelerate positive development. The Finnish Commerce Federation points out that communicating openly and in a timely manner about lifting restrictions and support measures will enable companies to have a clearer planning horizon.
The past year has been hard for the service sector in general and especially for some companies in the specialty goods trade. Commerce expects the Government to make decisions in its budget session to boost new growth and increase employment. Tools used to achieve these objectives should include promoting local bargaining, ensuring consumers’ purchasing power and tax solutions that support the green transition.
Commercial companies are important employers, taxpayers and investors for municipalities. Therefore, it is very important how the commerce sector fares, since it generates well-being, success and jobs all around Finland. The Finnish Commerce Federation encourages the new municipal decision-makers to consider the needs of local commercial companies and offers the candidates materials to support their election campaigns.
The planned restrictions on movement would hit the specialty and household goods trades heavily, and have the same effect as restaurant closures, which means that such companies are in urgent need of support for closing as well as relief in tax arrangements. In addition to parcel pick-up points, collecting orders from the store reduces contacts and supports small stores during these difficult circumstances.
The Finnish Commerce Federation deems the government’s decision to restrict citizens’ movement very challenging for the specialty goods trade. The new restrictions hit heavily on the specialty goods trade which is already fighting for its survival in many places. Companies that suffer due to the restrictions need immediate support. Government’s order of mandatory use of masks support the commerce sector’s message – wear a mask!
The government’s planned decisions on restriction of movement would hit the specialty and household goods trades heavily. The Finnish Commerce Federation demands that the government’s decisions be clear. If restrictions on movement really are implemented, the commerce sector companies suffering from the restrictions must be compensated for the negative financial impacts.