Ekopia is a co-operative located in Findhorn raising funds to support local community enterprises. Founded in 2001, we were originally registered as an Industrial and Provident Society (see below).
Investments held include those in:
- Findhorn Wind Park
- Park Ecovillage Trust
- New Findhorn Directions Chalets
- Phoenix Community Stores
- Newbold House
- Station House Co-operative
Other Ecovillage Initiatives include:
Ekopia is located at Findhorn, Moray, in the northeast of Scotland. We are part of the Ecovillage associated with the Findhorn Foundation, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2012. We work closely with a variety of local stakeholders several of whom are represented on the Board.Ekopia currently has more than 250 members, and manages assets of circa £1 million. We are a founder member of Development Trusts Association Scotland and a member of Co-operatives UK and the New Findhorn Association.An investment in Ekopia is a positive and practical way of helping to give organisations in our Community the opportunity to grow and thrive. If you are interested in making an investment in a community project, please go to our ‘How To Invest’ page.
The Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 saw the removal of the term ‘industrial and provident society’ from the legislation and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) now recognise us as a ‘registered society’. Although we are not a ‘community benefit society’ under the new terms of the 2014 Act we still fall under the heading of ‘existing for the benefit of the community’ for the purposes of our Annual Returns to the FCA.
The FCA has promised to publish new guidance on the registration of societies in due course.