The aid of the first tranche of the Digital Kit reaches 37% of SMEs after almost 8 months
“The future of our SMEs and freelancers is written in a digital code”. It was the phrase intoned by the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, after presenting the program of the digital-kit. It is considered by the Executive as one of the driving programs of the Recovery Plan. In fact, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, wanted to make it clear when he announced the aid of 500 million for the first call (aimed at SMEs with between 10 and 49 workers). At the moment, and after eight months since these could begin to be requested, more than 29,000 digital vouchers have been granted out of a total of 78,000 applications; In other words, 37% of SMEs have received help from the first tranche of the digital kit.
From Red.es -which is the one who manages the program- they assure “the digital bonus is only delivered to companies that meet the requirements of the call”. Therefore, many have been left without access due to “do not meet the conditions” or by being in the “legal deadline for rectification“. Regarding the latter, they point out that “in this first call, more than 50% of the requests have been corrected due to various failures, such as, for example, not having the number of employees required to enter the segment or because who signed the application did not have sufficient powers to represent the company”.
The digital kit works through ‘digitizing agents’ that are in charge of carrying out the process. First they reach an agreement, then they implement the technology and finally they justify it to receive payment from the Administration. Nevertheless, Some agents assure this newspaper that they find it difficult to receive the transfer after justifying the service. Some intermediaries dare to put figures and affirm that only between 60% or 70% of the justifications have been paid.
Since last September 2, the period for requesting aid has been open within the second segment, for companies with between 3 and less than 10 employees. “In just over a month after launching the second call, the first 6,200 grants have already begun to be awarded.” On the other hand, on October 20 began the third segment -for companies with between 0 and less than 3 employees- and, according to Red.es, “in 24 hours the first 21,500 requests had already been received. At the moment there are more than 50,000 registered requests”, they sentence.
Since Red.es They have tried to reduce the delivery times of digital bonds to SMEs through different tools. “Under the motto of ‘zero paper’ and thanks to our robotic tools, we have managed to streamline the process so that, at this time, the deadline for resolution of the files is between 3 and 4 weeks“, they point.
The Digital Kit program, promoted by the Government, aims to promote the digitization of small companies, microenterprises Y freelancers, and contribute to modernizing the Spanish productive fabric. For Red.es it is a program “historical“, which has a budget of 3,067 million euros. The Program is financed by the European Union through Next Generation funds, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, the Spain Digital 2025 agenda and the Plan for Digitization of SMEs 2021-2025.
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