Council adds half a million euros in direct aid for self-employed and SMEs

The municipality allocates more than 5 million in the different actions of economic and social recovery due to the pandemic this year.

Monday 26th July 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith

Xàbia Council will be approving the rules and regulations for the Paréntesis II package, which will provide direct economic aid to self-employed people and SMEs in Xàbia who provide the a number of services such as graphic arts, jewelry, pastry shops and confectioneries, stationery or bookstores, laundries, lingerie, corsetry and haberdashery, press sales, photographic services, trade in footwear, leather goods or special garments, retail trade and by sale of beverages or tobacco and rentals of consumer goods.

Some 471,722.71 euros has been put aside to provide these grants, which consist of a fixed amount of 2,000 euros for each self-employed person or SME, in addition to 200 euros per affiliated employee. The aid will be granted in order of presentation of the applications in the entry register; once the regulations have been approved, the application period and the channels through which to request aid will be made public. In the case of a surplus, this will be used to increase the approved aid in a proportional manner up to a maximum of 8,000 euros.

At the same time, Xàbia Council has the rules and regulations of other direct economic aid packages in the public exposure phase. Recuperem Xàbia II has a budget of 600,000 euros and is also aimed at the self-employed and SMEs in the fields of public and private celebrations as well as commerce or activities that were left out of other aid (clothing stores, headdresses, perfumeries, home and household items, textiles and restaurants, leather goods, art galleries, toy stores, florists, masseurs, make-up artists and beauticians, sewing, hairdressing, beauty salons, teaching academies, teachers and for SMEs with more than ten workers with are dedicated to the hospitality industry or culture.

Both lines of aid are part of the Recuperem Xàbia II to which more than 5 million euros in local funds have been put side for 2021 and which range from social employment plans, self-employment aid, suspension of rates for activities such as the occupancy of public roads as well as funds for social care.