Businesses hoard in abundance – Will workplace parking be special?

1. Hoarding behavior in the corporate world

Dutch companies bought a record number of parts and materials last month. They are afraid of higher purchase prices and delivery problems due to the Chinese lockdowns. This is stated by Financieele Dagblad on the basis of a report from the purchasing managers’ association Nevi and S&P Global.

“Despite the high purchasing prices, purchasing managers have started buying even more in anticipation of further disruption of supply chains,” ABN Amro industrial economist Albert Jan Swart told the newspaper. “The war in Ukraine and the shutdowns in China have halted the slow recovery of supply chains.”

2. Half a million to startup Brama Systems

TIIN Capital is investing half a million euros in the start-up of Brama Systems. That amount is shared by TIIN investor Michael Lucassen with MT / Sprout.

Brama Systems provides technology that enables organizations to control all devices that access the corporate network. With the help of the startup’s news, organizations can secure their network ‘to the maximum’, the investor reports in an accompanying press release. The participation is part of the so-called Dutch Security TechFund by TIIN Capital.

3. Karl Lagerfeld brand sold to Americans

The Amsterdam-based fashion brand Karl Lagerfeld has been sold. US brand investor G-111 Apparel Group will pay 200 million euros for all shares in the brand. The investor already had a minority interest of 19 per cent. The fashion brand bears the name of the legendary fashion designer from Germany, who died in 2019. Lagerfeld had already sold his brand to Tommy Hilfiger in 2005.

Before the deal closed, the Karl Lagerfeld brand was owned by a group of investors led by Fred Gehring of Amlon Capital. Gehring previously funded the rescue of the aforementioned Tommy Hilfiger. He is also a singer with The Analogues, a successful cover band by The Beatles.

4. 4300 companies employ Ukrainians

No fewer than 4,300 employers in the Netherlands have received a refugee from Ukraine. UWV reports this on the basis of reports to the agency. Companies have reported this because it is mandatory. They no longer need to apply for a work permit to employ Ukrainian refugees.

Most Ukrainians work through a temporary employment agency in agriculture and horticulture. Most of them are active in the Greater Amsterdam and The Hague regions. Especially in the last two weeks of April, a relatively large number of reports (2,900) have been received by UWV from companies that hired Ukrainians.

5. Gymstory raises 2 tons for technology

Former Startup of the Week Gymstory is raising 234,000 euros from the Noord-Holland Innovation Fund through a convertible loan. It states the latter in a press release. Gymstory provides a fitness tracker with which strength athletes can track their performance. The company will use the money to develop the technology.

The startup was founded in 2018 by Lars van der Wal, Mathieu Wernsen and Michael Fahim. Gymstory informs MT / Sprout that this is the third time in 19 months that the company is raising money. Still, the 234,000 euros are less than the 500,000 euros to 1 million euros that the company set itself as a goal for a follow-up round last year.

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6. And so this: Parking at the office becomes special

Will employees still be able to park with their employer? That is the question. From 2025, companies with more than 100 employees are required by the government to reduce emissions from their commuting and business traffic. This should save 1 megaton in CO2 emissions.

According to director Hugo Houppermans of the Anders Reizen Foundation, it will sometimes be accompanied by ‘sour initiatives’. He tells RTL Z: ‘You pay for your parking space, for example, in the office. Or can not park at all «. Companies are increasingly having to get their staff on public transport, as Eneco already does. Only employees who can prove that they have to drive more than 35 kilometers to the office may park there.

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