A total of 159 Benalmadena companies will benefit from the second call for the R-Abre Benalmádena plan, an initiative promoted by the City Council to offer direct aid to micro-SMEs and freelancers affected by the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
In total, the beneficiary companies of this plan will obtain grants ranging from 3,000 to 7,500 euros and for each worker who remains hired will have a an additional contribution of 500 euros,which, like the grant, will be divided into two payments, one in 2022 and the other in 2023.
This call for these grants has a total amount of 537,000 euros, which, according to the mayor of Commerce, Javier Marín, will be distributed in a first payment “in these first weeks of 2022 and, the following yearas long as they continue with the business activity and continue to meet the requirements ”, the beneficiaries will receive a second payment, also with a minimum amount of 1,500 euros.
Theseaids will make it easier for companies to face their most immediate tax obligations, or even to postpone the payment of their debts free of charge because they will be able to pay the interests that are involved in facing a division or payment plan.
The City Council has received in this second call for the R-Abre plan, a total 252 applications, among which 159 companies have met all the requirements to be beneficiaries of these grants, while the remaining 93 have been left out for not complying with any of the precepts established in the bases of this second call.
The benalmadense Consistory has allocated a global amount of 2.4 million euros for the two calls of this municipal plan, which represents 2.5% of an annual budget, “a great effort on the part of this local Administration to offer direct economic aid to the companies that are experiencing the worst as a result of this crisis caused by the pandemic,” he pointed out. the mayor, Víctor Navas.
The first mayor highlighted that together with Mijas, “we are the municipalities that have granted the largest aid to companies in the entire province of Malaga during this pandemic”.
It should be noted that, according to official data, as of December 31, 2018, Benalmádena had 4,938 companies based in the town, which shows, in the opinion of Navas, that “the productive fabric of the city has a very important weight, and it was always a priority for this Government team to maintain and contribute to the development of its activity as a guarantee for the generation of employment and wealth”.
These grants are added to the investment package that the City Council is going to implement throughout 2022, the year in which “we will allocate close to 30 million euros to carrying out works, creating infrastructures, and other initiatives that contribute to the generation of employment and wealth ”, the mayor has announced.
Navas has also valued the effort made by the central government that “in just one year, -from March 2020 to March 2021-, it allocated to Benalmádena 114 million euros for ICO credits for 90 companies in the town, in addition to 75 million euros for ERTEs that helped more than 1,700 workers from Benalmádena ”.
For his part, Marín has valued that the Benalmádena City Council “is one of the few in the province that has allocated an important budget item to direct support to the business fabric, exceeding 1.2 million euros each year.”
“As a government team, we are proud to be able to contribute, within our possibilities, so that the productive fabric of Benalmádena remains active and can move forward during this harsh period of pandemic,” concluded the Councilor for Commerce.