This is the first of its kind in the city. In Saint-Maurice (Val-de-Marne), a co-working space opened on Monday 30 May. It is located at the bottom of the building and has an area of 110 m2. The building has an open space with twelve seats, a meeting room and a single office that can accommodate two people.
The regional public enterprise (EPT) Paris Est Marne et Bois, comprising thirteen municipalities in Val-de-Marne, is the contracting authority for the project, for which it financed the work. After Saint-Mandé in 2019 and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in 2020, this is the third co-working space opened by local communities. It has also funded the work of a Vincennes co-working structure, which opened in 2019. But while the other three are managed by the territory, the Vincennes space is managed by an association.
break the isolation
As a regional public institution, Paris Est Marne et Bois counts economic development among its skills. The general manager of services, François Roussel-Defoe, explains that the region initially created these spaces to meet the demand from local businesses.
“There is a majority of SMEs/VSEs in the region, including many one-employee companies. Several business leaders have expressed to us the need to break this isolation,” confirms General Manager Services. Thus, region-run co-working spaces welcome “fairly diverse profiles,” start-ups or more experienced companies.
The opening of these co-working spaces also aims to create an attractive ecosystem for businesses in the region. EPT intends to create a true network of co-working spaces, without necessarily constructing buildings in each of the thirteen municipalities. “We are not here for public spending, we want a coherent network,” François Roussel-Defoe supports.
The location of the following space is already known: it will be near the station RER E Nogent – Le Perreux, in Perreux-sur-Marne. It is scheduled to open in September 2022. According to the Director General of Services, the municipal authority is also looking to Villiers-sur-Marne and Charenton-le-Pont to find places to work there.
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