Search is on for Scotland’s green business champions.

Past winner Heather Anderson, director of Whitmuir Organics, with her VIBES Changing Behaviour Award.
Past winner Heather Anderson, director of Whitmuir Organics, with her VIBES Changing Behaviour Award.

Applications are now open for the 16th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards and businesses in the Borders are encouraged to enter.

VIBES is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme, recognising and rewarding businesses that contribute to Scotland’s sustainable development through improving processes or developing new products and services. The awards are free to enter and applications can be submitted until 5pm on Monday, July 13.

Open to businesses of all sizes and sectors, VIBES aims to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals.

There are seven award categories open for entry this year including: Management Large, Management SME, Environmental Product or Service, Transport, Co-operation, Hydro-Nation and Circular Economy.

In addition to this, the Micro Business Award will be presented to the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.

Over the years the Borders has achieved great success in the awards with previous winners including Emtelle UK Ltd, Mainetti and Whitmuir Organics.

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, said: “Sustainable practices are becoming absolutely crucial to businesses of every kind and through VIBES we want to encourage the fantastic work being done by so many businesses that are working hard to make Scotland more environmentally aware.

“Over the years we have seen some fantastic ideas from a range of different sectors and we’re looking forward to seeing the work of Scotland’s businesses as we celebrate our 16th year of the VIBES Awards.

“We’d encourage businesses throughout the Borders to enter for their chance to join the region’s growing list of sustainable VIBES champions.”

VIBES is also offering businesses the opportunity to hear from former winners at a series of free events across the country. The events will provide businesses with more information on the awards as well as offering an opportunity to pick up helpful tips from previous sustainable champions.

The Borders event will take place on Thursday, May 28, at The Waterwheel Café, Selkirk, and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with 2007 winner, Emtelle UK Ltd, and VIBES before embarking on a tour the Hydro Scheme.

For more information on VIBES or to obtain an application from, please visit www.vibes.org.uk.

To request your attendance at the Selkirk event, please register through Eventbrite www.vibesawards.eventbrite.co.uk or email: vibes@sepa.org.uk