Firm participates in event: ”Io ci credito”
An afternoon to reflect on economic and financial growth and development of local companies, through a constructive dialogue between entrepreneurs and professionals: this was the scope of “IO CI CREDITO”, a meeting held in San Mauro Pascoli on 20th December, organized by Confindustria Forlì-Cesena, marking the conclusion of its 90th Anniversary celebrations, in conjunction with Assocalzaturifici (Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association) and Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati.
The aim of the conference was to present special financing as a functional tool for business growth.
After welcome speeches given by Annarita Pilotti, President of Assocalzaturifici, and Carlo Comandini, Vice President of Confindustria Forlì-Cesena, the conference was opened by Alessandro Grasso from the University of Macerata, who presented a study on “market positioning and the creditworthiness of footwear districts ”.
The afternoon continued with a round table, the focal point of the conference, with contributions from Fabio Sattin, from Private Equity Partners, Francesco Franchini, from Ver Capital SGR, Luca Tavano, from Borsa Italiana AIM, and Lorenzo Piccardi, from Tremonti Romagnoli Piccardi e Associati. The discussion was moderated by Nadio Delai.
“The topic of special finance as a tool for the growth of our businesses is essential to the “Confindustria” System – explained Carlo Comandini, Vice President of Confindustria Forlì-Cesena – I am not just referring to small and medium enterprises, but also to large ones. This province boasts strong entrepreneurial spirit of healthy companies that do business all over the world. However, if we compare these companies with large international corporations, the size and turnover of our businesses show that they still have ample growth margins. A private equity fund, for example, provides an alternative to the banking system, as a way to access credit. It is the task of Confindustria to help enterprises to find their feet within this complicated scenario, presenting summarised and effective answers for every type of company.
“Footwear companies want more attentive banks and they require more attention from the credit institutions of the real economy and manufacturing centres” confirmed Annarita Pilotti, president of Assocalzaturifici. Today we are forced to invest more and more to remain competitive, but companies – alone – cannot sustain the continued growth of this economic obligation that is required in order to remain in the market. This is why now, more than ever before, the relationship between businesses and the banks and the investors is becoming crucial.”
“With the Finance Act, the Government has met small and medium enterprises halfway”, emphasised Lorenzo Piccardi in his comments. “A series of fiscal measures like, for example, the extension of the ‘super’ depreciation allowance for the purchase of new machinery and equipment and the introduction of a new so-called ‘hyper’ depreciation allowance, substantially facilitate the work of companies, thus supporting the timid recovery underway. From our professional point of observation – Piccardi noted – we are already seeing significant interest in this area.
The event was reported in the ‘Sole 24 Ore’, and in several national news publications (see attachments below).