Press releases

We need changes to the strict cost support policy and better predictability for the summer tourism season

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 Finnish Commerce Federation and the Federation of Finnish Enterprises: Companies need better predictability regarding restrictions on gatherings as the summer approaches

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.

A fast, controlled and openly communicated coronavirus exit will ensure economic recovery

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.

Commerce sector messages for the Government budget session: promote purchasing power, provide incentives for the green transition and boost local bargaining

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.

Commerce keeps the wheels in motion in municipalities – increased vitality through local decisions

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.

Companies that suffer due to the restrictions on movement must receive compensation for their losses

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 restrictions on movement proposed by the government weigh heavily on the specialty goods trade – companies suffering from the restrictions need immediate help

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!

Restrictions on movement presuppose support for specialty goods trade companies – Finnish Commerce Federation calls for clarity in government decisions

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.