Status: 21/09/2023, 16:43 p.m.
By: Jörg Domke
In the representative premises of the logistics company Hubert Hörndl, the first entrepreneurs' regulars' table of the local CSU took place. It is to be followed by others. There are still enough topics that need to be discussed, they say. © Dziemballa
For the first time ever, there was an entrepreneurs' get-together in the municipality of Forstinning. The whole thing was initiated by the CSU.
Forstinning - "Do you know what's going on at the grassroots level right now?" So it resounds - quite in an emotionally charged style - in the direction of the CSU district chairman and district administrator. The two addressees, Thomas Huber and Robert Niedergesäß, seem a little surprised by the moderately harsh objections that are addressed directly to them. Actually, they are largely among their peers this evening in Forstinning.
The CSU, her party, has invited. The Forstinninger local association, which had not attracted public attention with comparable events for a long time, had called for an entrepreneurs' dialogue. A completely new format, as local chairman Thomas Manzey emphasizes. But one that could well have a future. Sequels are not excluded at all.
Meeting takes place at the forwarding company Hörndl
One gets the impression in a meeting room of the Hörndl forwarding company in the industrial park that there is currently quite a lot to talk about for entrepreneurs. The response to the premiere regulars' table is almost overwhelming. Almost 40 - and almost all of them from the village - came. Which is not least pleasing to the host Hubert Hörndl. In any case, some use the presence of two political decision-makers from the district to get the current worries and hardships off their chests. But many just listen.
Everywhere there is advertising material of the CSU. On this evening, however, the Entrepreneurs' Round Table is not a forum where great election campaigning would have to be conducted. After all, the district chairman and election candidate has a piece of paper with him. And at the end of an almost three-hour, often hearty debate, Huber has made a note of a few things: topics that are currently getting on the nerves of the self-employed, not only in Forstinning.
Criticism of the citizen's allowance
Reducing bureaucracy is the first keyword that local boss Manzey throws into the round. Our options "at the end of the food chain" are manageable in this respect, the district administrator immediately restricts hope for quick improvements.
Werner Frisch seems to be really loaded. He runs a large car dealership including a workshop and is therefore a not insignificant employer in the area. His concern is that society could become even more radicalized because de facto nothing is happening - for example, in terms of reducing bureaucracy. "We don't have an insight problem, we have an implementation problem," he says. And it's getting worse and worse for him and his colleagues. What he means is, as he puts it, a regulatory frenzy that the economy has been confronted with for years. The next certification craze, Frisch mentions the topic of sustainability, is already just around the corner.
"Only conditions, only costs," a young woman who introduces herself as a young entrepreneur spontaneously assists him. Meanwhile, Joachim Wimmer, a local councillor for the Greens, reports on the - once again bureaucratic - problems of employing a young man with visual impairment more permanently as an employer.
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Trainees often have too little school knowledge
The fact that there are hardly any young people from the schools who are really capable of training is a topic that boils up again and again in the course of the evening. And that the recently raised citizen's allowance has long since led to hardly any applicants. In the meantime, the labour market is literally competing with the citizen's money, says Frisch almost desperately. Many around him nod in agreement. For example, Martin Baumann, a Forstinninger who works as a restaurant outside the district. "I can't find any people," he says soberly.
Sonja Kommnick, who runs a hairdresser's shop in Forstinning, reports that she was recently placed with two applicants by the employment agency. Both had spoken almost no german. Their vacancies remained unfilled.
What she also addresses: the repayments of Corona aid that have been made in the meantime. This creates new problems for many. Their demand: A hairdresser's salary is not enough to be able to rent an appropriate apartment in this country. A reduction in VAT would help her - and thus the employees - a little. After all, you can't increase prices for customers indefinitely.
Entrepreneurs' group wants to meet and exchange ideas on other topics
There is a comprehensive opportunity for local employers to really let off steam. Even though the first regulars' table of this kind ever in Forstinning is still strongly influenced by the ongoing election campaign, Thomas Manzey is sure that there is still much more to talk about.
Some of the things that concern Forstinning in particular have not even been addressed in the slightest. For example, what needs to be done in local politics to finally fill the vacancies in the town centre that have existed for a long time with new life.
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