What are the VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards?

Businesses in Scotland are taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment, often saving money in the process. The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards are held each year to recognise and showcase best practice.

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards are a partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), The Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust, Highland & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland and NatureScot.

VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards is further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors (IoD), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Bright Green Business, Prosper and the Scotch Whisky Association.

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards reward and recognise organisations that have demonstrated significant business benefits from good environmental practice.

The main aims of the awards

  • Encourage the efficient use of resources
  • Enhance the competitiveness of businesses
  • Improve environmental performance
  • Support the wider goals of sustainable development

Who can apply?

Entries are open to all Scottish-based businesses including private sector businesses, social enterprises and community businesses but excluding VIBES partners, supporters and current sponsors. If the entry focuses on a collaboration or partnership approach, there must be at least one private sector business, social enterprise or community business involved. Other partners can include public sector organisations and charities.

How are the winners selected?

A panel of judges from VIBES partner organisations will assess the applications and select businesses reaching the required standard as finalists. Finalists will be asked for more information and via a robust judging process, winners will be selected for each category.

Winners are announced at a high profile ceremony and given a bespoke glass trophy.