Patrick Lenancker always "hurried to learn to pass on to others". A philosophy which was not too bad since, to forty-seven years, here it is who took the head of the General Confederation of labour cooperative production societies (CG SCOP).
Born under the July monarchy, those companies in the capital majority held by their employees have multiplied since the end of the thirty Glorieuses: there were 800 30 years ago, they are some 1700 today, employing 36,000 people and deal 3.2 billion euros of turnover. Among them, a few heavyweights the cheque lunch, Alpha Taxis... group, but also and especially many beautiful SMEs, Arpège like, the company co-founded by Patrick Lenancker in 1987 and since giving birth to two other SCOP.
The economic fiber
Farm worker father and then the Crystal of Arques, mother at home, four brothers and sisters: the social fiber is virtually in the genetic heritage of this child of the "flat country", born and grew up at the foot of the mountains of Flanders. Economic fibre, on the other hand, does acquired it only later, after a first and False starting working life as a specialized educator. The turning point dates back to 1983. Disappointed by the experience that comes from living in youth in breach of ban, Patrick Lenancker includes insertion necessarily passes through employment and employment by successful companies. He then decided to resume studies in the IAE of Lille. And recruit in the wake by the network of shops of management, an association dedicated to the Business Council.
"It is there that I learned all," he admits. In charge of the training component, he however eventually feel the need to expand his horizon a bit and starts to floor with two friends, a trainer and other rural host, on a business project. "It is at this time that we had knowledge of the status of SCOP". He immediately wowed us because it allowed to combine the own associations participatory side and own conventional companies financial independence. "Arpège was born. Centred on the training and, more broadly, on "the accompaniment of skills", it intervenes in two directions: customer relationship and development of employees. Its customers The ANPE, Groupama, the Macif...
He has turned over Chief time to business and even became five years Vice-President of the ICC of Armentières, Patrick Lenancker in has not abandoned this simple and "cool" life which was always his own. Neither stock nor parts of golf, but a garden that he cultivates with his teacher wife, in her small village, somewhere between Lille and Dunkerque, and a beautiful wine cellar. Its real anguish, however, is not in the dive bottle, but in the number of jobs created by the group. A Cappella, an extension of the ARPEGE which holds 49 of its capital, is a call centre established in November 2001 in the free zone of Amiens Nord. Recruiting among the long-term unemployed, without taking account of the diplomas, it now employs 30 people. All full-time, and most of them in Commission.