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Factsheet for measure AT-2020-22/1398 Updated – measures in Austria

Employers organisation provides consulting services for SMEs to restart their business

"KMU Restart-check"

Country Austria , applies regionally

    • – AT12 Niederösterreich
Time period Open ended, started on 29 May 2020
Context COVID-19, Digital Transformation
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 04 November 2020 (updated 23 November 2023)

Background information

After the first lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring, companies were slowly re-starting their businesses in May. In order to support their members with this step, the Federal Economic Chamber initiated a programme for SMEs in which they should be prepared for a "restart" in the regional state of Lower Austria.

Content of measure

The measure consists of an eight-hour consulting service by a certified company consultant, analysing the status quo and elaborating a plan for a successful restart. The following topics are in focus:

  • finances and liquidity;
  • digitalisation strategies;
  • development of additional market channels and sales;
  • changes in resource management and processes;
  • possible adaptations of the business model

The aim of the consultation is to identify problem fields and develop first solutions in cooperation with the business owner. The measure, which costs €720 per consultation/per SME, is sponsored to 75% by the employer organisation, the regional section for Lower Austria of the Federal Economic Chamber.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

17 October 2023

As of October 2023, the measure seems to be running only in the province of Lower Austria ("Restart-Check for SMEs and OPEs"). Net costs of up to €720 are subsidised up to 75% by the Lower Austrian branch of the WKO.

Use of measure


Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Regional or local level


This is a unilateral measure implemented by the Federal Economic Chamber (Lower Austria section) for its member companies.

Views and reactions

This is a unilateral support measure for members of the regional employer organisation.



Eurofound (2020), Employers organisation provides consulting services for SMEs to restart their business, measure AT-2020-22/1398 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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