09 November 2023

VIBES 2023 winners and commended businesses in front of VIBES banner with Nicole Paterson, CEO of SEPA, and Sean Batty from STV
Businesses from across Scotland have been recognised at the 24th annual VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards.

Teaching sustainable survival skills to children, producing craft beers with sustainability at their core, and designing and manufacturing thermal storage batteries are just some of the efforts from organisations across Scotland recognised at the 2023 VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards.

Climate change remains top of the agenda for Scottish businesses, particularly food and drink producers who experienced another challenging summer due to water scarcity. VIBES recognises the drive for positive and radical environmental action as well as setting the bar high for other businesses to follow. 

There were 11 winners and 4 commendations, which included three new awards categories: the Just Transition Scotland Award, the Vision in Business Scotland Award and the STV Green Fund Award at the annual awards which took place in Glasgow on Wednesday 8th November.

The winners and commendations from VIBES 2023 – Scottish Environment Business Awards are:

Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best Large Business

Sponsor – Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard

Winner = Tennent Caledonian Breweries UK Limited

Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best Medium Business

Sponsor – NDA

Winner = Scotmas Group

Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best Small Business

Sponsor – University of Stirling Management School

Winner = Windswept Brewing Co

Commendation = Dear Green Coffee Roasters

Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best New Business

Sponsor – NetRegs

Winner = ReBlade

Product Scotland Award

Sponsor – The Glenmorangie Company  

Winner = Sunamp

Service Scotland Award

Sponsor – Zero Waste Scotland

Winner = The Alba Explorers Ltd

Commendation = Changeworks

Nature Rich Scotland Award

Sponsor – The Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Commendation = Nairn Dunbar Golf Club

Circular Scotland Award

Sponsor – Optimum Eco Group

Winner = Brewster Brothers

Commendation = The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd

Just Transition Scotland Award

Sponsor – The University of Edinburgh

Winner = RI Cruden Ltd

Sustainable Transport Scotland Award


Winner = Ember

Energy Transition Scotland Award

Sponsor – SSE Energy Solutions

Winner = RSE (Ross-shire Engineering)

Green Fund Award

Sponsor – STV

Winner = Ember

Ember, an Edinburgh based fully electric intercity bus travel company, grabbed two awards on the night, including a £30K campaign partnership with STV. Harvey Logan, Founders Associate, said:

“We are pleased to have won the VIBES Sustainable Transport Scotland award. Decarbonisation is at the heart of Ember and drives every aspect of our work. VIBES provides recognition of everything we've achieved so far, and the showcase of sustainable practices from all across Scottish business only inspires us to continue building and further grow our positive impact.”

“Winning the STV Green Fund Award is a fantastic added bonus. We are looking forward to using this airtime to share how we have embraced sustainability and inspire others to join us as we forge a path to net zero transport in Scotland.”

Gillian Bruce, Chair of VIBES, added: 

“Year on year, we see more businesses and organisations working towards net zero carbon emissions and reducing their impact on nature. It is a challenging journey but a necessary one if we are to stay below the global warming limit. Once again, this year’s VIBES winners are clearly demonstrating business cases for reducing their environmental footprint – highlighting the social benefits, as well as the positive economic impacts. Our hope is the efforts of our winners will encourage and inspire others to develop their environmental practices.” 

Professor Russel Griggs, Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise, said:

“The VIBES Awards highlight the significant steps many of our businesses are taking to help Scotland tackle the major challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change.

“It was fantastic to see five businesses and community groups from the South make it to the final stage, displaying the commitment of our region to sustainability and the Just Transition to Net Zero.

“There is great work going on in the South of Scotland and we look forward to more local businesses being acknowledged for their outstanding Net Zero efforts in the coming years by the VIBES Awards.”

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