Deadline approaches for Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards 2012

27 June 2012

There is just one week to go for companies to enter the race to find Scotland’s most environmentally-aware firms. Entries for the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards, which for the first time this year is being sponsored by ECCI this year, will close on the 6th July.

The leading environmental awards scheme is now in its thirteenth year. It aims to recognise businesses of all sizes and sectors employing environmental best practice in their day-to-day activity to cut down on resource use, increase sustainability, improve reputation and benefit the company’s bottom-line.


Previous winners of the free to enter awards have included Rabbie’s Small Group Tours which scooped the Changing Behaviour Award at last year’s ceremony. 

“The VIBES Awards recognise businesses which have taken significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment,” explains Gillian Bruce, VIBES Chair.

“Although the deadline for entries is fast approaching we want to let businesses across Scotland know that there is still plenty of time to enter VIBES. It’s free to enter and companies can also receive assistance from the Environmental Placement Programme in completing their entry.

“We have received many high quality entries so far, and we hope that even more of Scotland’s leading businesses will enter this year to be in with a chance of gaining recognition for their sustainable practices.”

This year there will be a total of nine awards, including a new category: The Collaboration Award. Winners will be selected from the following categories:
• Management Award: large company category (more than 250 employees)
• Management Award: SME (up to 250 employees)
• Energy
• Waste and Resources
• Transport
• Environmental and Clean Technology
• Changing Behaviour
• Best Micro Business
• Collaboration Award

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is sponsoring the VIBES Management Award for Small and Medium Enterprises, which celebrates the green achievements of companies with up to 250 employees.

All shortlisted entries for the VIBES Awards will be offered free support from the ECCI, which will be available for a minimum of half a day, and a maximum of three days, within six months of the VIBES Award ceremony.

ECCI’s Head of Business Innovation Ed Craig said: “ECCI’s business managers have helped many Scottish businesses to attract new investment and talent, gain funding and create new jobs, while at the same time driving towards our wider goal of creating a thriving low carbon economy.

“The VIBES Awards present a great opportunity for businesses to gain recognition, and will create many more success stories for Scotland.”

The Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Unit of the Scottish Government will sponsor the Energy Award.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:"I would encourage firms to enter the VIBES awards and show the excellent environmental activity which is taking place in Scotland. As Scottish Government is sponsoring the VIBES Energy Award, I am especially interested in this category which recognises and rewards businesses for developing and using innovative energy efficiency solutions. This sits in with our ambitious target to reduce total final energy consumption in Scotland over the period to 2020 by 12%.”

ScottishPower is sponsoring the VIBES Environmental and Clean Technologies (ECT) Award.  Gordon McGregor, Energy and Environment Director at ScottishPower, said: “We are committed to helping Scotland and the UK achieve their carbon reduction targets, and we are investing substantially in low carbon energy initiatives.

“The VIBES awards highlight the very best environmental endeavours of organisations in Scotland. As an award sponsor, we would like to encourage businesses to enter this year’s awards to showcase their achievements in environmental and clean technology development.”

VIBES is the only Scottish awards scheme which feeds into the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). By winning a VIBES Award, companies are eligible to enter the EBAE, which attract entries from the cream of Europe’s most environmentally positive businesses.

For more information or to obtain an application form for the VIBES Awards visit www.vibes.org.uk