Going green pays off for Scottish businesses

Going green pays off for Scottish businesses

Two Scottish businesses have been shortlisted to represent the UK in Estonia later this month after reaching the final of the 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

CMS Window systems in Cumbernauld has been shortlisted in the Management (medium and large) Award category and Perthshire-based Jessie Mac’s has been shortlisted in the Management (micro and small) Award category.

Both businesses have been shortlisted following their success at the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards (VIBES) and will now represent Scotland on the European stage at the EBAE finals in Tallinn (Estonia) on 27 October.

Brenda Roddy, owner of Jessie Mac’s, said: "We're completely blown away at getting through to the finals of EBAE.

"When you walk around our business you probably wouldn't think that we're particularly green, but that's because it's built in.

"Our thinking is that it doesn't matter what size of business you've got; the same principles can still apply.

"We should tackle our energy, waste and chemicals just like the big companies do. It clearly saves us money so it's just good business sense.

"Because we're a micro business, we're pretty daunted at the prospect of the finals but it'll be great fun."

The biennial EBAE recognises outstanding, new or innovative contributions to sustainable development and the two finalists will compete for a prize against winners from 28 other European countries.

The UK has one of the highest numbers of finalists reaching the EBAE Awards with three of the 10 UK entries invited to this year’s ceremony.

The third business is Cafeology, an ethical beverage provider.