Ekopia Resource Exchange Limited is a community benefit co-operative registered as an Industrial and Provident Society in Edinburgh on 6th February 2001.
Ekopia is a founder member of Development Trusts Association Scotland and a member of Co-operatives UK.
- Suitable ethical and ecological community investment schemes for our members.
- Creation of affordable housing projects
- Ecovillage development and infrastructure services (see below)
- A local currency scheme that provides support for local charities and businesses.
- Advice for local businesses and organisations, and for other intentional communities.
The Royal Bank of Scotland SE100, a new database of social enterprises, has ranked our profile and we are pleased to say that we came first overall in the finance sector in 2013, see https://se100.net/.
Our Formal Objects are:
“To carry on for the benefit of the community the promotion of rural regeneration and sustainable economies by the provision of financial assistance, technical assistance, business advice or consultancy including support for businesses which promote organic production, fair trade, ecological practices, renewable energy, the retention of land on trust and affordable housing”
Ekopia also has the power to provide financial assistance, loans, guarantees and grants to bodies who support the above objects.
The constitution is based on mutuality, with each adult member having one vote. Voting is independent of the amount of shares owned.
What this Means in Practice
Ekopia seeks funds from members of our community of interest to be re-invested in worthwhile community ventures. We use the word “investment” quite literally here. The idea is to find projects with commercial prospects that will generate a suitable return for investors. Borrowers must have a social as well as economic purpose, and soundly based plans and projections.
Ekopia also seeks grants and donations for worthy non-commercial ventures and we welcome such support for the community.
We own various assets, including building and amenity land to support these purposes, and we are actively involved in the development and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the Park Ecovillage.
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.
Over the past decade and more Ekopia has been instrumental in assisting, creating and maintaining a number of key local organisations.
Ekopia is a founder member of the New Findhorn Association (NFA), which is the facilitating body for the intentional community located in West Moray.
“This community is a place of transformation, not only for the individuals who come here but also as an ever-evolving experiment in community living.”
We are the largest shareholder in Phoenix Community Stores, which has a turnover of over £1 million per annum and employs 20 staff.
The Title Holders Association organises various Park based activities such as infrastructure payments from property owners, and is a division of Ekopia.
We are a major stakeholder in Findhorn Wind Park, which has a capacity of 750kW. This project enables the Park Ecovillage campus to be net exporters of renewable electricity and which was a key contributor to the community having the lowest ecological footprint ever measured in the industrialised world.
Our loan to New Findhorn Directions enabled this company to construct two low impact eco-chalets for visitor use.
Our financial assistance to Newbold Trust and Moray Steiner School have helped both organisations develop their activities. The former is a residential community in Forres and the latter has school role of about 100.
We helped create and finance Station House Co-operative, which provides seven affordable housing units in Findhorn. We have also provided housing assistance to the Soillse cluster, a development of six housing units at The Park.
We are key stakeholders in the development of affordable housing units at Duneland’s East Whins cluster, also at The Park.
We created and operate the Eko currency, which has supported a variety of initiatives including the Youth Project and the Festivals group.
We are registered in Scotland under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965. Number 2574R(S)
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