Praise for Scotland's green businesses

Praise for Scotland's green businesses

Nine Scottish companies were yesterday recognised as champions of business sustainability at the 17th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

Guala Closures UK Ltd, Edinburgh Leisure, Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Veracity UK Ltd, Lothian Buses, Marlin Industries Scotland Ltd and Glenuig Inn Ltd each picked up a coveted green award at the ceremony held at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Benjamin McIntosh-Michaelis from the University of Strathclyde was also awarded the Hydro Nation Challenge charity award (held in partnership with WaterAid) at the annual VIBES ceremony which was attended by over 300 people from a wide range of Scottish businesses.

A further six businesses (Webhelp UK, Ross-shire Engineering, Changeworks, Brathadair, Bridge Biotechnology and Sunstore Technology) each received commendations for their environmental efforts.

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, said: "The VIBES Awards recognise and showcase the fantastic work being undertaken by businesses across the country to put sustainability at the heart of their operations, often saving money in the process.

"We have been very impressed with the high standard of entries, and with a record number of companies entering the VIBES Awards this year it is encouraging to see that so many businesses understand how reducing their environmental impact can also benefit their business.

"We would like to congratulate all of our 2016 winners and finalists and hope that many more companies will be inspired to follow in their footsteps by recognising the benefits of sustainability in business."

Each of the 2016 VIBES winners is now eligible to enter the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) which is open to winners and runners up of RSA Accredited award schemes.