New name helps mark 18th anniversary of Scotland’s green awards
The search is on to find Scotland’s leading green businesses now that the VIBES Awards 2017 have launched with the unveiling of a new name: VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the green awards and, as well as a new name, the award organisers say they have introduced a simplified application process.
The awards are free to enter and are designed to recognise and reward businesses which are championing sustainability and employing environmental best practice in their daily activity through improving processes or developing new products and services.
They aim to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals.
To date, awards have been presented to more than 100 companies from a variety of sectors and sizes, illustrating the diversity of businesses which are contributing to Scotland’s sustainable development while often benefiting their bottom line in return.
There are nine award categories open for entry: Management Large, Management SME, Green Team, Transport, Circular Economy, Environmental Product or Service, Innovation and Hydro Nation award.
A Micro Business Award will also be presented to the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.
Last year’s awards saw nine businesses take a coveted green title, including Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh Leisure, Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd, Glenuig Inn, Guala Closures UK Ltd, Lothian Buses, Marlin Industries Scotland Ltd and Veracity UK Ltd.
Benjamin McIntosh-Michaelis from the University of Strathclyde picked up an individual award while Brathadair, Bridge Biotechnology, Changeworks, Ross-shire Engineering, Sunstore Technology and Webhelp UK received commendations.
Brenda Roddy, Owner of Jessie Mac’s, said: “VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards is one of the best kept secrets in Scottish business and free entry means that businesses of all sizes can compete on a level playing field.
“It’s not just the ‘greenest’ business that wins but those that manage their resources best and take the time to showcase it. The support offered is first class and it’s a great marketing tool. Winning VIBES introduces your business into an elite group of resource efficient businesses, opening doors to opportunities such as being put forward to represent the UK European Business Awards for the Environment, which we were very proud of.”
Gillian Bruce, Chair of the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards, added: “Sustainable practices are increasingly important to businesses of every kind and we want to support the fantastic work many businesses are doing to make Scotland more environmentally aware.
“The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards offer a great platform for companies to showcase and gain recognition for the hard work they are doing to benefit Scotland’s sustainability. We hope that even more businesses will enter this year to be in with the chance of gaining recognition for their commitment to the environment.”
Award sponsors to date include Scottish Government, ScottishPower, Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living and University of Stirling Management School.
Businesses have until Friday, 26 May to complete the one-page entry form.