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Corona pandemic shakes businesses – “Flexibility and cooperation now needed by everyone"

The City of Vaasa and Vaasan Yrittäjät (Vaasa Entrepreneurs’ Association) have been jointly considering ways in which the city could help to make things easier for companies during the corona pandemic. The city is also hoping for teamwork from entrepreneurs who are not affected by the exceptional situation.

The city’s political and civil leadership have been discussing the economic uncertainty caused by coronavirus with businesses in Vaasa. According to Mayor Tomas Häyry, the concerns of businesses are being listened to and taken seriously.

– I hope that the residents of Vaasa will continue to use the services provided by local businesses, whenever possible. If the exceptional situation causes payment problems for businesses, the City of Vaasa and its affiliated companies will be flexible about payment arrangements, explains Häyry.

In addition, the city intends to ensure the smooth flow of its payment transactions and to ensure that the invoices companies submit to the city are paid on time.

– As the corona pandemic poses major challenges for the city finances as well, we also hope that companies whose businesses are not adversely affected by these exceptional circumstances would pay their invoices to the city on time. With good teamwork, we can get through these difficult times by supporting each other and showing flexibility, encourages Häyry.

Mico Botnia are prepared for questions

Mico Botnia, which provides financial administration services for the central administration, are prepared for questions that customers may have about the terms and conditions of paying invoices.

– Despite our preparations, our telephone service may be temporarily busy. For this reason, we look forward to primarily being contacted through our email service, says Sari Simelius-Sillanpää, Service Manager at Mico Botnia.

Mico Botnia’s invoicing service address is: myyntireskontra.vaasa@micobotnia.fi. The telephone service for invoicing queries (tel. 0206 19 8077) is open from 9am to 12pm on weekdays. Emails are also answered outside the telephone hours.

For credit control services, entrepreneurs may contact Mico Botnia using the e-mail address luotonvalvonta.vaasa@micobotnia.fi or by telephone (tel. 0206 19 8083). The credit control telephone service is open on weekdays from 9am to 3pm.

Support available

The Entrepreneurs of the Rannikko-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät (Finnish Enterprises in Coastal Ostrobothnia) and the local branch, Vaasan Yrittäjät, are doing their best to help local companies in difficulty and to work together to find ways to ease their situation.

– We encourage you to support small local businesses. For example, our Facebook page has been collecting e-commerce addresses with the hashtag #verkkokauppavaasa. It is also important that entrepreneurs are active and have payment arrangements for their invoices, says Vaasan Yrittäjät’s Executive Director, Mari Pohjanniemi-Kivi.

Suomen Yrittäjät (Federation of Finnish Enterprises) have compiled instructions on their website to help businesses during the pandemic. Facebook’s #ostapieneltä (buy small) Group also provides information, peer support, and advice from lawyers and therapists, for example. Visit Vaasa’s website contains information on the online stores of Shopping Vaasa’s partners, which can be used to order food home or pharmacy items during the pandemic.

Vaasa Region Development Company (VASEK) also offers guidance free of charge to companies in the region. In addition, support is provided by Pohjanmaan Yrityskummit (Ostrobothnian Business Mentors), the Ostrobothnian Crisis Center Valo and a priest, Eva Thölix, who is available to provide spiritual guidance to entrepreneurs.

Published: 20.03.2020