Coworking and solidarity economy: the new assets of Poitiers

Coworking and solidarity economy: the new assets of Poitiers
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The factories. Born in 2012 in a former spinning mill, it is the oldest and most emblematic of the third places in the agglomeration of Poitiers, in Ligugé in the green valley of Clain.

It is also one of the most dynamic with around thirty structures hosted such as a brewery, a stonemason, a manufacturer of old instruments, an artistic ironworker… but also associations. In total, about 50 people employed for a turnover of 2.5 million euros.

Machines for everyone

Consortium Coopérative is one of the hosted companies. It is an activity and employment cooperative (CAE), a structure born from the law on the social and solidarity economy (ESS) of 2014 which supports new entrepreneurs by offering them an alternative to the status of autoentrepreneur. or microenterprise.

There are 150 in France, including fifteen in New Aquitaine and four in Poitiers. While Consortium Coopérative specializes in cultural professions, another is more generalist, a third is interested in personal jobs and the last focuses on construction.

Charlélie Flamant, a young designer recently settled in Poitiers after studying at the Beaux-Arts in Orléans and at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, knocked on her door when she arrived: “We are trained in the basics of life as an entrepreneur, but above all you benefit from the skills of other entrepreneurs. Although he has set up his agency in the city centre, he regularly comes to work in the vast “manufacturing laboratory”, the Fablab, located at the Factories. This “allows him to use sophisticated machines to which he does not have access”.

“Proximity factory”

Les Usines responded to several calls for expressions of interest from the State. One of them “Proximity Manufactures” aims to “support craftsmen and small entrepreneurs by relying in particular on the Fablab in order to pool production tools”, specifies Denis Meunier, one of the co-founders. factories.

The agglomeration of Poitiers now places the social and solidarity economy sector at the very top of its agenda with the vote at the end of 2021 of “a roadmap” aimed at more actively promoting the social and solidarity economy. A sector that has become very dynamic, which already includes a thousand companies in the agglomeration of 200,000 inhabitants and accounts for 11% of jobs.

“The territory is already very fertile and it is a question of enhancing it by spreading these values ​​of the social and solidarity economy. Each time we launch a public policy, whether it concerns housing, transport or the economy, we must ask ourselves how to engage in collaboration with these actors of the SSE”, summarizes Caroline Artero-Rousselot. , Director of Community Development and Outreach.

Common ambitions

The urban community has thus just closed a call for expressions of interest to support third places. Even before this program, the agglomeration was already very well provided with 18 third places. One asset among others which allowed it to rank at the top of medium-sized cities from which it is good to work remotely in the list published by “Le Parisien” on February 9, 2022.

In two years, the twentieth should see the light of day in the former fire station of Pont-Achard, which will benefit from a renovation of 6.1 million euros, in order to accommodate new activities related to culture, accommodation, catering and business creation.

The emblematic third-places (Les Usines, Cobalt and the Technopole Grand Poitiers) also have ambitions and make common cause through their project called “Embarcadère”, which they hope to see retained by the State as part of the Territory factories program. “The objective will be to support project leaders across Vienne”, specifies Denis Meunier.

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