This weekend, I took a long walk in the historic part of Lisbon together with part of the family. We walked from Estrela to Graça, via the Castle, and it continued to be a strange feeling to see this beautiful city without tourists, almost empty trams and only a few shops open. Since Monday, however, the city slowly seems to get back to life with people adapting to the so-called “new normal”. This is of course good news, since it is crucial for people to get back out there to get the economy going.
Safely back to work in the” new normal
Several of our members have contributed to help companies in providing guidelines for a safe return to work. Randstad (sector wide) and Cushman & Wakefield (offices) globally developed guides as a support that can be downloaded by clicking on the links.
Severe impact Corona crisis on Dutch business abroad
Research among 754 Dutch business in major countries around the world indicates that 90% of Dutch business abroad fear a negative impact on turnover. Our Chamber also invited its Dutch members to participate in this global survey. Here you find more information and the full report that was also picked up by the Dutch press.
Companies expect on average a decrease of 46% in their 2020 turnover, but in Portugal, Mexico and the rest of Southern Europe companies even expect decreases of 50 to 75%. Please note, these numbers are a mere indication as the number of respondents per country is low and results are influenced by the sectors, they are operating in.
Support and inspiration for members
In the past 2 months, we held over 10 sessions with our members entitled: “In times of Crisis, Thinking Together for our Common Good“ in sectors like Hospitality and Tourism, Agriculture, IT, Engineering, Industrial Maintenance, Education and more. Idea was for people to share their concerns, experiences and best practices around COVID-19. We will continue to promote more talks as members appreciated the possibility to meet (new) people to share ideas, so please let us know if you also like to participate (again) via email@example.com
Next 27th of May the General Assembly will be held online as from 11h30 (first call), 12h (second call). Members are invited to join. Read here for more information on the agenda and registration.
On the 4th of June, we kick off with a new initiative, called “Idea Café” where members can meet and share ideas to help each other getting business back on track. For more information, click here.
Looking forward to meeting you there!
Marjon van Dinther