For the first time in the history of the Wirtschaftsbeirat Bayern [Bavarian Economic Advisory Board], the Bayerische Wirtschaftstag took place this year as a major digital event. This notable meeting of high-level representatives from politics, business and science was originally meant to have taken place in Rosenheim. Now, participants came together online for two hours on 23 July to network and to discuss different perspectives, solutions and ideas under the slogan “Companies hold the force for the future.” The Wirtschaftsbeirat Bayern is a legally independent, cross-sector and politically autonomous association. It represents the interests of around 1,800 members – entrepreneurs, managers from business, representatives from the freelance sphere including medicine and law, major international enterprises and medium-sized companies from all over Bavaria.
“I have the impression that precisely in these times of crisis, the exchanges between us have rarely been so intense,” says Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler MEP, President of the Wirtschaftsbeirat, commenting on the high degree of intensive participation. Alongside the positive assessment of state assistance measures and an encouraging call for more European resistance to the crisis of our times, Niebler also discussed the continuing development of the world of work and focused her attention on the ‘push for digitalisation’ that has arisen during the crisis.
In a video contribution, Dr. Christine Sasse, Member of the Wirtschaftsbeirat Supervisory Board, explained how the Sasse Group has reacted with creativity and expertise to the new requirements from clients during the crisis. This worked “because it is our core expertise and we have the suitable concepts, tools and means. We secured the technical, infrastructural and commercial functionality of systems and properties for companies.” This applied not only in the hospitals we take care of and the air conditioning that we keep crisis-proof. It also applied in airports, railway stations and local public transport vehicles. In her view, the reason for this is clear – and it has made the Facilities Services sector strong even in the crisis. “That our sector could perform in this way was thanks to the hugely flexible deployment of over four million employees across Germany. They were there when and where they were needed – people under very difficult conditions who went the extra mile.” Less regulation and bureaucracy are therefore needed to ensure that the required services are delivered punctually in both this and future crises.