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The History of Confesercenti

Confesercenti was established on 14th February 1971 in Rome by four associations that were major representatives of their respective sectors: ANVA (travelling tradesmen), FAIB (fuel distributors), UNCIC (fixed location sales) and FIARC (business agents), that together boasted some 80,000 members. Today, after 36 years, there are 75 associations from the sales, tourism, services, crafts and industrial sectors that belong to Confesercenti as well as from other areas of social and financial interest. The Organisation has about a thousand branches in Italy.

The principal reason for this success lies in the factors that motivated the founders to set up the new confederation: the strong demand for representation, protection and support for the growth and the innovation of small to medium sized businesses. To this day Confesercenti remains committed to this mission. Confesercenti's efforts are focused on giving financial and social value and dignity to SMBs and to work for development and innovation, through a widespread network of specialised national branches. To this end the Financial Conferences held from 1978 onwards are important. They have been characterised by a constant and successful endeavour to put SMBs in a position where they can play a leading role in the country's fundamental economic processes, and at the same time to emphasise that innovation, job-creation and putting a brake on price dynamics are not the prerogative of large businesses alone. Subsequently other ideas emerged that have changed the perception of SMBs and have influenced national policies in the sector, starting with legislation on fiscal issues and in connection with commerce and tourism.

The Confederation had strongly enhanced its role issuing a challenge to innovate, that in the latter part of the nineties featured Conventions whose slogans "From Shop to Business" and "Navigate the Future" exemplified the innovative drive and the self-promotion that Confesercenti wanted to impress on SMBs. In this respect the positions taken by Confesercenti in the long and at times difficult dispute with the government over the Bersani laws are significant: it involved positions that were serious but open, robust in representing the interests of the businesses but alert to stimulate change in a modern sense in SMBs, that were in need of new opportunities. It involved a struggle that was not easy and at times bitter, but at the end of which it was possible to obtain major changes and a law that overall was much more advanced. The central role of SMBs in society has also been championed by Confesercenti at times of selecting national economic policy, through accords with the Governments, from '93 onwards. This bargaining role was also confirmed in the institutional negotiations on policies relating to the economy and to labour and in the signing of numerous collective bargains and inter-confederation agreements for managing the labour market. A diligent safe-guarding of the businesses that is made even more evident by Confesercenti's endeavours, starting from the early nineties, in connection with the rule of law. First by the support given to the courageous few who stood up to racketeering, then by a unique role in the struggle against usury, with the "anti-usury train", with assistance to thousands of victims and with a resolute shoulder charge against any resistance to the approval of suitable laws.

Even today, "SOS Impresa", Confesercenti's anti-racketeering and anti-usury association, continues its battle to establish the rule of law as a condition for companies to face the future with confidence. The reasons for Confesercenti's success, can in fact be found in its capacity to embrace the innovations of what a few years ago were defined as "the new technologies". The phrase "navigate the Future" was not merely a slogan, but a careful strategy: Confesercenti's first web-site and the setting up of real time telematic networks for the transmission of documents within the system came about in 1993. Today we are on the third edition of the National Portal while new networks of services to the businesses and new associations of the sector have been established. The broadening of the Confederation's membership has derived from these decisions. It is not by chance that several thousands of artisan businesses and, more recently, major groups of small to medium sized industrial businesses, have identified with Confesercenti and its ability to understand and support the different demands of the various productive sectors.

For this reason many proposal have been advanced by the confederation of SMBs to resolve specific problems, as well as to address fundamental questions, such as the recovery of public finances and the creation of financial margins to make development policies possible. Among these communications there stands out the exposure of 400 cases of waste in public administration, quantified at 130 billion euros, that was intended to highlight the large amount of resources that could be recovered for investments and the development of the country. Finally, there has been no shortage of attention given to price dynamics and to the defence of the consumer's purchasing power, also by means of concrete initiatives in which the SMBs and the consumers themselves have played a key role, such as "Prezzo amico" of September 2002. The history of Confesercenti as an association is the history of a success that was anything but taken for granted, unlike that of the Italian economy. For this reason Confesercenti will continue to play a leading role in giving a future to SMBs.

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