The original enterprise located in Sainte-Hermine, active in landscape planning and management, had been established as a limited liability company in 1980 by a married couple. In 2006, as the couple was reaching retirement age, they started looking for an acquirer. At that moment, the enterprise had 11 employees and they were informed about the handover plan. The employees agreed with the idea and all of them decided to take part in the adventure and become worker-members of the new cooperative. Between April 2006 and August 2007, when the worker cooperative Sud Vendée Paysages was set up, the Poitou-Charentes Regional Union of the French Confederation of Worker Cooperatives accompanied the owners and the future worker-members in various and complex transmission steps. Within the first 2 years of the new cooperative’s activity, 3 new jobs were created and the turnover increased by 30%.
More information here (in French): www.sudvendeepaysages.fr
International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives
Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037