Gillian Bruce, advice and engagement manager at SEPA and chair of VIBES Awards, talks about the business benefits of being green ahead of the 2015 VIBES Awards
The countdown is officially on for the 2015 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards which got underway yesterday, Thursday 7th May.
VIBES is Scotland’s leading environmental award scheme. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) holds them, in partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group.
First launched 16 years ago, the awards recognise and reward the fantastic environmental practices and processes being implemented by Scotland’s businesses. To date we have seen businesses from a variety of sectors putting sustainability at the heart of their business from dairy farmers to shipbuilders, in turn enhancing their competitiveness, saving money and supporting wider social benefits.
These are just some of the benefits we are keen to promote to Scotland’s companies, highlighting that a greener approach is not just good for the environment but good for business too, and we’ve got lots of fantastic case studies from over the 16 years demonstrating just this.
This year there are seven award categories to choose from;
- Management Large
- Management SME
- Environmental Product or Service
- Circular Economy
We will also present the Micro Business Award for the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees. The awards are free to enter and open to businesses of all sizes. Over the years we’ve seen green successes from large multinationals right down to sole traders, highlighting that a difference can be made from all companies, whether they have hundreds or just one member of staff.
Sustainable practices are becoming absolutely crucial to businesses of every kind and I’m looking forward to seeing what trail-blazing ideas Scotland’s businesses present this year. Whether it’s a product or service that benefits the environment or a practice that the business undertakes, we want to hear from you.
To help Scotland’s businesses get into the vibe we’ll be hosting a series of free events across the country for companies to find out more information from previous sustainable champions as well as presenting networking opportunities for like-minded businesses. The first of these took place on Thursday 7th of May at The Lighthouse in Glasgow from 4-7pm.
For more information on VIBES or to obtain an application from, please visit www.vibes.org.uk. To request your attendance at one of the events, please register through Eventbrite www.vibesawards.eventbrite.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.