COVID impacts company, which has been giving music to the world for 156 years

COVID programme support for SMEs

Upright pianos and grand pianos “Petrof” are renowned worldwide. You can find them in La Scala and in the Sydney Opera House. They are especially popular in China. There are many famous names associated with playing them, such as Paul McCartney, Jitka Fowler Fraňková and one of the best Argentine pianists Antonio Formaro. They are bought by private persons, schools, theatres, cultural houses and philharmonic orchestras. Petrof sales approximately two thousands pianos annually. In 2019, the company had a successful year, but then, the pandemic hit the business.

“We suddenly found out that our supply to China on the occasion of New Year celebrations could not be sold on the market due to health restrictions. Subsequently, the coronavirus pandemic came to Europe, many showrooms were closed and the pandemic spread all over the world,” CEO Zuzana Ceralová Petrofová describes how the coronavirus heavily affected the business of the company, founded by her great-great grandfather.


 In order to overcome the difficult period, the company decided to apply for a guarantee from the COVID II program. “We took it as an opportunity enabling us to save interests paid on the commercial loan, while our financing (commercial) bank could share the risk with the state,” says Mrs Petrofová, adding “We signed two contracts in the amount of CZK 10 million – Raiffeisen Bank approved a loan guaranteed by the ČMZRB. It was approximately half of our initial request. The money came to our accounts in three days.”

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