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School for Social Entrepreneurs (Posted 29.08.15)

Sustainable affordable homes support from a Social Enterprise

Shelter is one of the key foundations of society and without a roof over your head you are in a very vulnerable position.

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Case Study

Having taken the opportunity to design and build his own home as part of the Ashley Vale Action Group, a self-build project in Bristol, Jackson Moulding set up the social enterprise Ecomotive to support the community in creating sustainable and affordable homes. Groups are empowered to lead their own custom and self-build projects through the support and training programmes offered by Ecomotive.

Frustrated by the inefficiency and unaffordable nature of housing, Jackson has been striving to change the dialogue around self-build housing; founding the National Custom & Self Build Association and helping to add ‘custom build’ into housing policy, creating a new law which requires local authorities to assess the demand for self-build.

Ecomotive aims to support and empower people who want to find a way of living more sustainably and want to influence the way their home is created. The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme has enabled Jackson to take a more business-minded approach with the enterprise and with the support from Lloyds Bank and the training programme, he is looking to develop its sustainability as a business.

Ecomotive’s new venture, The SNUG Homes Project, supports the building of micro-modular super-insulated custom build homes which require little heating and can be customised to add further units of space as required. With shelter one of the key foundations of society, Ecomotive wants to create safe and secure homes and enable the growth of strong supportive communities.

Jackson says “Shelter is one of the key foundations of society and without a roof over your head you are in a very vulnerable position. We want to empower people to develop stronger, more united communities and be able to engage in wider issues in society. The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme has helped me develop stronger business skills to establish a viable and sustainable enterprise to support custom and self-build groups to create sustainable and affordable houses and communities.