Economy of Hours (UK)
April 2014 – July 2015: Director of the CIC
Echo is an Economy of Hours: a marketplace without the money. Our members buy and sell their skills, services and resources, using a currency called Echoes. The exchange rate couldn’t be easier: 1 hour = 1 Echo.
Echo brings together local people and local organisations – including businesses, charities, councils and leisure centres – to create a community-wide economy of hours where the more you put in, the more you get back.
We specialise in helping organisations from small start-ups to sizeable corporates unlock dormant resources to trade, ensuring we can offer a wealth of skills and services to meet our members’ diverse needs.
Echo helps you access professional services without the outlay, from financial planning to marketing strategy.
Charities, start-ups and sole traders
Echo helps you increase your capacity as and when you need to, whether it’s admin staff and desk space, or building an online presence.
Echo helps you get more out of your community, from childcare and help around the home, to training opportunities and cinema tickets.
And that’s not all. Echo’s experts can help big business create more meaningful CSR packages that maximise the benefit to both company and community, and help charities initiate schemes to recruit, retain and reward volunteers.