Anglian Water Business is a leading national water retailer, supplying over 140,000 businesses and public sector organisations across the UK.
As any of our customers will tell you, we do more than just deliver water and recycle it. Our mission is to understand how each organisation uses water and find ways to help every customer reduce their consumption and save money – quickly and sustainably. We’ve been helping Scottish businesses to save since the market opened in 2008.
We know that businesses are in a unique position to protect the environment for future generations – not only do they have control over their own operations but they can also influence the behaviour of their employees, customers and even suppliers.
By supporting the VIBES Awards, we want to recognise other companies’ efforts to create a sustainable future for themselves and the communities they serve.
Find out more about us at www.anglianwaterbusiness.co.uk
The Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) is a collaborative initiative between the University of Stirling’s Management School and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
As an interdisciplinary research centre it aims to become one of the leading research and knowledge exchange centres globally studying the many dimensions of sustainability. CSPL brings together the public sector, academic research, business and environmental organisations to work collaboratively with sectors and communities towards a more sustainable future and a low carbon economy.
Although physically based at the University of Stirling the Centre is also a virtual network of experts across the public, academic and NGO sectors throughout the UK and beyond.
The Centre works with businesses who see environmental and social issues as market opportunities, to help develop transformational business models which place sustainability at the heart of decision-making.
The NetRegs website provides sector specific advice for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It helps them understand their environmental responsibilities, comply with regulations and encourages environmental good practice.
Pernod Ricard UK is part of Pernod Ricard (the Group) – co-leader of the global wines and spirits industry. We are responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of the Group’s leading premium spirits, wines and champagnes in the UK.
We are a convivial, passionate, entrepreneurial and dynamic company. Premium is the heartland of our business and with one of the finest collections of drinks brands in the world we have earned the reputation for our unrivalled offering in premium spirits and wines – brands that embody heritage, quality and provenance.
At ScottishPower we are amongst the top 6 power companies in the UK. As an energy provider to over 5 million households and businesses across the UK, our role is to bring you YourEnergy – and that means keeping your home nice and cosy, being there when you need us and bringing you competitive tariffs and products.
But who are we as a company?
ScottishPower has existed since 1901, and today is owned by the Spanish energy firm Iberdrola, one of the largest utility companies in the world focused on delivering a sustainable, greener energy future.
The devolved government for Scotland has a range of responsibilities which include: health, education, justice and the environment. Some powers are reserved to the UK government and include: immigration, the constitution, foreign policy and defence.
Who runs the Scottish Government
After a Scottish Parliamentary election, a First Minister is formally nominated by the Scottish Parliament and appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister then appoints the Scottish Ministers to make up their Cabinet with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament and the approval of the Queen.
The First Minister leads The Scottish Government, with the support of the Scottish Cabinet and Ministers.
A formidable seat of learning where ability, not background, is valued
The essence of the University of Stirling is its great people: our graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world. Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. We retain our pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence in all we do.
We aim to be at the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is the official partner of Climate-KIC – Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme – in Scotland. We’re giving Scottish start-ups funding and dedicated support to develop a rock-solid business plan and take their target markets by storm.
ECCI, with an award-winning hub in Edinburgh and a new base in Hong Kong, brings together people from business, research, communities and governments to turn good low carbon ideas into reality. Part of the University of Edinburgh, we support a thriving community of low carbon enterprises and provide policy insight and evidence to inform government decisions.
Farne Salmon and Trout was founded in 1982 and is based in Duns in the beautiful Scottish Borders. The company has an annual turnover in excess of £100 million and is part of the Labeyrie Fine Foods Group. The company which employs over 700 core employees is the largest private employer in the Scottish Borders and is the biggest smoked salmon producer in the UK suppling key high street supermarkets and exporting into Europe and further afield. Our product range includes Smoked Salmon, Cooked Salmon, Mackerel, Party Food, added value fish and raw Salmon.
Our mission is to become a Centre of Excellence: -
• To energise the workplace - in mind, body and spirit
• To continuously inspire optimism - through our actions and our products
• To create value and make a difference in everything we do
Edinburgh Trams is committed to taking care of the environment in which we work including taking account of the needs and expectations of our employees, customers and other Edinburgh businesses/residents. Our Environmental Management System has been accredited to ISO 14001:2004 since well before we commenced passenger-carrying service, and we are expecting that we will make the transition to compliance with the 2015 version of the standard by spring 2018 – well ahead of the deadline.
In terms of environmental impact, first and foremost we acknowledge that we generally have a positive effect on the environmental in which we operate. Through our very existence we reduce reliance on private vehicles by providing an efficient, convenient form of public transport. We also increasing access to local businesses and events for tourists and residents, and improved transport options for public through allowance of bike carriage and mobility scooters (neither of which is standard practice for public transport providers).
But we also acknowledge that all the things we do, from powering the trams to generating waste paper in the depot offices, have the potential to change the environment; even in a small way. We know what our activities are, how the environment affects us and which activities we need to worry about most in terms of mitigating environmental impact. These impacts and risks include the electricity needed to power the trams results in polluting gases being generated, wastes such as oily materials and chemical residues from the maintenance of trams that could pollute the environment, and the risk of noise generated by trams disturbing locals; impacting on our community reputation.
All of these impacts and risks are controlled, managed and mitigated to the same extent that health and safety risks are; and this all contributes to us being a business that is progressive, attentive and effective.