ECCI sponsors low carbon impact award for Scottish businesses…and hosts the Edinburgh launch event

17 April 2012

ECCI sponsors low carbon impact award for Scottish businesses…and hosts the Edinburgh launch event

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation today announced it is sponsoring a VIBES award – the annual event that celebrates the Scottish businesses taking nsignificant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment. Now in it’s 13th year, the VIBES Awards (Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) recognise and showcase best practice across business sectors and aim ton encourage the efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness nof businesses, improve environmental performance and support the wider goals of sustainable development.

In keeping with the Centre’s focus on business innovation among Scottish SMEs, ECCI will sponsor the ‘Best Management’ award in the small and medium enterprise category. Previous winners include last year’s M Bruce and Partners Ltd, commended for their long-term commitment to sustainable land use with their efforts to leave a self-sustaining legacy on their farm; and 2010’s Clarks Contracts for their £8 million refurbishment project of an existing high school for Renfrewshire Council.

In addition to sponsoring the SME award, the ECCI will also play host to the Edinburgh launch event on May 10th at the Centre’s 15 South College St HQ. The free event will give potential VIBES candidates the opportunity to gain more information on the awards and hear the benefits of VIBES nsuccess from a previous winner. To request a place contact Elidh Tait, VIBES co-ordinator – vibes@thebusinesspartnership.org.uk

As well as sponsoring the SME Management award, the Edinburgh Centre is also offering half of day of free support to successful applicants in each of the award categories, as well as to previous winners and entrants. The successful candidates will receive expert advice from one of ECCI’s three Business Managers, whom each have a particular focus on and knowledge of two main ‘low carbon cluster areas’. These include: Carbon Finance, Carbon Accounting, Green ICT, Built Environment & Renewables, Sustainable Transport and Land Use, Water and Waste. More info: http://edinburghcentre.org/VIBES-Awards.html

ECCI’s Head of Business Innovation Ed Craig said:

“This is a great opportunity for ECCI to celebrate the enormous range of low carbon initiatives being undertaken by Scottish businesses. Scotland has proven itself a leader in producing companies and individuals eager to create innovation new products, solutions and working methods that match our country’s ambitious carbon reduction targets, exemplary policy framework and outstanding research base.

ECCI’s business managers have already helped Scottish business gain funding, create new jobs and source investment opportunities, while at the same time driving towards our wider goal of creating a thriving low carbon economy. We are sure our sponsorship of this VIBES award will enable us and VIBES to create and encourage many more success stories.”

Watch this space for more news about ECCI's fellow sponsors and the innovative ideas battling it out for the prize: http://edinburghcentre.org/VIBES-Awards.html 

Could your business be a winner? Find out how to enter here.

More information about launch events in Glasgow, Inverness, Borders, Fife, Aberdeen: http://www.vibes.org.uk/guest-posts/attend-your-local-vibes-launch-event