We are delighted to welcome you to Ekopia’s new building. Based at Findhorn Ecovillage, the hub provides offices, workshops, spaces for food production/craft activities and facilities such as hot-desking, along with access to social networks, peer support, information and expertise in an environment which facilitates collaboration, innovation and cross-pollination, thereby supporting social enterprises to develop their businesses and increase the impact of their work.
This is more than just an office space. We are a working community, having lunch together regularly, as well as various social events for cross-pollination and mutual support (covid lockdowns permitting).
We held our Grand Opening on 25 February 2019, and it was our privilege to invite SNP Richard Lochhead, The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science to cut the ribbon and speak about its importance to the Moray economy. We are very grateful for his support.
The event was well attended with over 60 people coming to take a tour, hear about social enterprise and enjoy the food made by local business La Boheme.
We would also like to thank the following funders for their vital support:
Moray LEADER – LEADER team has played a vital role in assisting throughout the process. The project was awarded £350,847.49 by LEADER.
The Pebble Trust (£5k), Naturesave Trust (£3k) and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (£20.6k), grant to further enhance the Hub. The grants support the hub with office furniture, landscaping, common area furniture, and a printer.
We would further like to thank the Beatrice Fund for supporting the hub tenants with a rent subsidy, aimed at supporting new and upcoming organisations and individuals.
And finally, we would like to thank the construction company Green Leaf Design & Build Ltd, which completed the full build on time and on budget.