Partners


Energy Saving Trust

Our free, expert and impartial advice could help your organisation save energy and money. We can advise you about available funding and support to help you reduce transport costs and emissions. We can also help you to engage with your employees to help them save energy, lower costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Find out more about Energy Saving Trust at energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Our purpose

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an ambitious organisation with a unique remit that integrates economic and community development. We work in a diverse region which extends from Shetland to Argyll, and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass.

We are the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. HIE's purpose is to generate sustainable economic growth across the Highlands and Islands.

Our vision

We want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.

Find out more about Highlands and Islands Enterprise at hie.co.uk/about-hie

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise identify and exploit opportunities for Scotland's economic growth by supporting Scottish companies to compete.

Our ambition

Reflecting the core vision set out in the Government’s Economic Strategy, we want “Scotland to be an innovative, high wage and high productivity economy that competes in international markets and focuses on high value goods and services". To achieve this, we want to ‘shift the dial’ in Scotland’s economic performance.

Our latest business plan sets out our strategic approach to boost Scotland’s economy by focusing on four critical drivers of growth.

Find out more about Scottish Enterprise at scottish-enterprise.com/about-us

Scottish Evironment Protection Agency

A clean and healthy environment is fundamental to Scotland’s continued well-being and prosperity – our role is to help protect and maintain Scotland’s vital environmental resources.

SEPA's role in protecting the environment and human health is wide-ranging, including environmental regulation, mitigating and adapting to climate change, monitoring and reporting on the state of our environment, raising awareness of environmental issues, engaging with the public through citizen science projects, and resolving environmental harms.

Find out more about SEPA at sepa.org.uk/about-us

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage is the lead public body responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on all matters relating to the natural heritage.  Our purpose is to promote, care for and improve our natural heritage; enable greater understanding and awareness of nature and promote the sustainable use of Scotland’s natural heritage.

Scotland’s nature and landscapes are among our greatest assets. Nature gives us food and drinking water, energy and timber. It contributes to a clean and healthy environment. And it improves our well-being and quality of life. Farming as a major land use shapes Scotland’s nature and landscapes. It affects our rural and urban communities and the food choices we make every day.

Scottish Natural Heritage advises on environmental issues related to farming. In particular we have a duty to ensure that designated sites and species are well looked after by farmers and land managers.  We advise government and are a delivery partner of schemes such as the Agri-Environment and Climate Scheme, part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-20.  We promote the sharing of knowledge and good practice to help farmers and crofters take care of our land, wildlife and natural resources.

You can find out more at www.nature.scot  

Scottish Water

Scottish Water is trusted to serve Scotland, providing vital services, essential to daily life.

We deliver clear and fresh drinking water, treat waste water and help protect the environment across Scotland – every day of the year.

The quality of drinking water provided to customers has reached an all-time high and our investment helps to support jobs and the economy of Scotland, while protecting and enhancing the environment.

Find out more about Scottish Water at scottishwater.co.uk

The Scottish Government

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.

Find out more about The Scottish Government at gov.scot

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources.

As a facilitator and enabler of change, we help to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and promote responsible water use – all as part of a journey towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy.

Our goal is to help Scotland eliminate waste. By waste we mean any natural asset which is not used to its full potential.

To achieve this goal, we pursue activities aligned to two complementary approaches: circular economy and resource efficiency.

Support for VIBES is provided through the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, administered by Zero Waste Scotland, that offers investment for SMEs based in Scotland and supports work that will deliver circular economy growth.

Find out more about Zero Waste Scotland at zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/about-us-main