In Brave (Correz) invents the “ethical co-working” company.

Sofas, coffee tables, designer lamp and modern furnishings. At first glance, it looks like a cozy living room of a somewhat separate house. Welcome to Froidefond Etanchéité, a picturesque view of the Laporte barracks, in the middle of the strict industrial zone to the east of Brive.

Prices are free

This place, which looks like nothing but a meeting room, came from the imagination of the owner, Alexandra Froidefond. Called “En mélée d’idées”, it is a co-working space that can accommodate about twenty people, available to those who wish, companies and associations. Another originality: prices are free and then the money collected is donated to the selected associations collectively by the staff of Froidefond Étanchéité.

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“Honestly, I haven’t seen this anywhere else,” comments Pascal Esclair, co-director of Brive Gel, a neighboring company. He did not have a large enough space to gather his staff together while respecting the distance measures linked to Covid. He turned to “En mélée d’idées” and it is full of praise, for the quality of the place as well as for the approach of its founder.

First donation 2,620 euros

The common working room, which entered service at the beginning of the year, was used fifteen times. This allowed the collection of 2,620 euros paid on Wednesday 11 May to the “Pour nos P’tits Gaillards” association, which works to improve the daily lives of sick children in Korez.

Another assembly in September

The selection of the next beneficiary assembly will take place in September, still in consultation with seventeen employees of Froidefond Étanchéité who quickly acquired the project.

“I hope they are happy to participate. I find that at the moment everyone is a little afraid of everyone, Alexandra Frodefond thinks. It is important to break down barriers and bring people together. It is also an opportunity to open up to the territory.”

Invest 25 thousand euros

Based in Pazayac in Dordogne until 2020, the company nonetheless invested €25,000 to create this space when it moved to Brive.

Maybe when I started my career I would have chosen to rent it to get some money back. But from a different perspective. Our old saying is: “To take is to give.” This room can be very useful for young entrepreneurs who are starting a business. Even if they only give 2 euros, it doesn’t matter.

Solidarity Chain

Other companies, convinced of the importance of the project, lent a helping hand. APB has gently installed the air conditioning system. Loc’Vaisselle provides its equipment when possible. A chain of solidarity that “ultimately gives meaning” to the work of employees and benefits good causes. “Donations like that, we don’t get them every day,” recall Marilyn Buffon and Louise Fisher, Pour nos P’tits Gaillards volunteers.

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