The Platform of Affected by Central Madrid today presented an economic balance of the Christmas campaign in the Centro district and said that the data give back to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) "to the worst years of the crisis", and fear that the situation worsens when the municipal mobility plan enters into full force, with the application of punitive measures.
The coordinator of the platform, Vicente Pizcueta, said that 350 SMEs operating in the Centro district were surveyed to carry out the study, according to which these companies lost in 2018, on average, 14.8% of their business volume. to the previous Christmas.
"Our data are the most moderate of all the studies," said Pizcueta, who nevertheless pointed out that traffic restrictions in the center of Madrid have been a constant since 2015 when the anti-terrorist protocols began to be renewed. the bad results can not be attributed exclusively to Central Madrid.
In any case, denounces the platform, the decline in activity in a period that often represents "the entire profit margin of companies" threatens to lead to "collapse" to "hundreds" of companies.
To carry out its survey, the platform has consulted with companies in the sectors of logistics and transport, leisure and hospitality and, finally, trade, the most affected, which is "caught with pins" and "what is going wrong. "
84.57% of the respondents consider that the full activation of Central Madrid will negatively affect their business, "a lot or a lot", and the platform has summoned the municipal government of Manuela Carmena to convene a new meeting (it would be the third) for " complete a battery of full measures "making Madrid Central" sustainable "for SMEs.