Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Business  |  December 03, 2012 14:12:40

Czech small and medium-sized businesses want to invest in next year's € 16.8 billion

Small and medium-sized companies in the Czech Republic they want over the next year to invest in business development by 13% more than they invest in 2012. A regular survey of GE Capital "barometer of capital investments of European small and medium-sized enterprises"Showed that, overall, will be the amount of € 16.8 billion, on average about € 78,000 per business. Compared to the same survey at the beginning of this year, the company currently upheld higher investment in production facilities and rolling stock. Obstacle to investment remains uncertain economic environment, lack of available finances, but red tape in obtaining them.

"The results of our parent company at the end of this year, We were pleasantly surprised. Czech firms have a greater propensity to invest in new equipment in 2013 than figures reported for this year. The uncertain economic environment and declining industrial orders may realistic level of investment compared to slightly reduce expectations, "says Peter Gapko, chief economist at GE Money Bank."Companies that want to grow in the current situation, facilitating access to finance investment loan offer EU investment. In cooperation with the European Investment Fund can provide either entirely without collateral or a reduced demand for collateral - a wider range of companies. In addition, the processing faster and less administratively demanding, "adds Peter Gapko.

The course is a manufacturing facility and this time also automobiles

Current survey expected investments in 2013 compared with the spring survey showed that the focus of small and medium-sized companies is currently mainly manufacture and fleet. Production facilities in Czech companies want to invest in the following year 7.8 billion euros, 22% more than reported for this year. The most significant change in preferences expressed for company cars, which companies intend to invest 5.4 billion euros.A slight increase can be expected also for purchasing software and office equipment, IT hardware only, according to the company's investment plans should decrease slightly.

Why invest and why not?

The main reasons for the proposed investment, six out of ten companies upgrading existing equipment to increase efficiency and productivity, less than half of obsolescence of existing equipment and the fourth expansion of production capacities. Conversely, the biggest obstacle is the investment for four of the ten firms uncertain economic environment and for a quarter of a lack of available funds . Both perceive stronger micro with 2-9 employees, an uncertain economy, considered as a barrier half of them and the lack of money available to invest prevented 40% of these enterprises. Larger companies with 50-250 employees are struggling with unaffordable money only in 13% of cases. Every sixth company complains about excessive bureaucracy in obtaining funds.

Czech Republic versus other European countries

According to a survey intend to small and medium enterprises to invest in the Czech Republic over the next year an average of 77,600 euros. As part of the countries to the Czech Republic ranked third overall expected capital expenditures.Before us are the Poles with 133 thousand euros for the company and the Germans with 87 thousand euros. French, Italian, British and Hungarian companies are planning to invest an average of between 50 and 62 thousand euros. The only countries in which the companies plan to invest less next year than in 2012, Germany (-8%). Optimistic in this respect are the Hungarians, who want to invest up to 57% more funds.

The total planned investment for 2013 (EUR bn)

Average per firm (euros)

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Paul Zúbek,

Spokesperson GE Money Bank

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