Green business awards mve into seventeenth year

VIBES Awards chairwoman Gillian Bruce
VIBES Awards chairwoman Gillian Bruce

Applications for the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards are now open and companies in the Borders are encouraged to enter the search for the best green businesses.

Now in its 17th year, VIBES rewards businesses employing environmental best practice in their daily activity to cut down on resource use, increase sustainability, improve reputation, enhance competitiveness, support wider sustainable developments and benefit their overall bottom-line. Businesses have until Thursday, June 30 to complete their submission.

As part of the launch VIBES is hosting an event for businesses in the Borders (Duns) on Wednesday, May 18, from 4-6pm at Farne Salmon, Station Road, Duns.

To date VIBES awards have been presented to over 100 companies from a variety of sectors and sizes illustrating the diversity of businesses that are contributing to Scotland’s sustainable development. This year organisers are looking forward to seeing the fantastic work being carried out across the country and are urging businesses to enter.

There are eight award categories; Management Large, Management SME, Green Team, Transport, Circular Economy, Environmental Product or Service and a special Hydro Nation charity award in collaboration with WaterAid. This year will also see the addition of a new theme category for the first time which will reward innovation in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

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 Borders based Emtelle UK, Bridge Biotechnology, Lobster Pod and Better World Books from Fife, City Car Club from Edinburgh, Aberdeen Heat and Power, CMS Window Systems from Cumbernauld, Renfrewshire based Taylor Wimpy and Edinburgh based C&D Associates (joint award). Clyde Shopping Centre and Tinto Toners based in North Lanarkshire also received commendations.

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

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, commented this week: “The VIBES Awards offer a fantastic platform for businesses to showcase and gain recognition for the hard work they are doing to make Scotland more environmentally aware.”

She continued: “Every year we are impressed with some of the ideas that Scotland’s businesses come up with.

“We’re looking forward to introducing our special innovation award to help recognise the creative approach many companies are taking to tackle environmental and indeed business issues.”