About this good practice
"Crisis Consulting Corona" was a program initiated by the regional Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism to support SMEs and the self-employed with expert crisis consulting. As companies were faced with challenges such as significant slumps in sales or disrupted supply chains, the consulting service was intended to provide short-term help in approaching the most urgent problems. Support was dedicated to mapping the status quo, developing a liquidity plan, defining further measures to address the crisis and accompany their implementation. In total, 4 days of consulting were offered for each case, eligibility was restricted to companies with up to 250 employees. The consulting service was carried out by 4 consulting service providers dedicated each to a different sector (industry & services, craft, hospitality sector, trade). Eventually, this measure presented a contribution to securing companies and jobs in the region.
The Corona consulting services were funded with an overall volume of 7,74 Mil. € which translated into an estimated 8,500 consulting days.
Evidence of success
"Crisis Consulting Corona" was prolongued and upgraded financially by 1.45 Mil.€ in May 2021. At that time, more than 2,000 companies from industry, services, handcraft, trade and the hospitality sector have been supported in overcoming the crisis with 5,700 consulting days.
Potential for learning or transfer
Crisis Consulting Corona is a Good Practice which is comparably easy and resource-efficient to implement if there are already trusted experts acting as consulting party to the SMEs and self-employed. By involving experts from different industry sectors, it was ensured that the beneficiaries received consulting suited to their specific needs and challenges. In addition, consulting did not only result in the definition of measures to overcome pandemic-related challenges, but also continued in the implementation of these measures.