A total of 31 Scottish businesses, ranging from multinationals to independent SMEs, have been shortlisted for this year’s Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards following a record number of entries.
The shortlisted businesses, across eight award categories, include Balfour Beatty, Elan Hair Design, Doosan Babcock Ltd and St. Andrews Links, highlighting the diversity of companies which are working hard to contribute to Scotland’s sustainability.
The shortlisted businesses will attend an awards ceremony on the 8th November 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, where the winners will be announced.
Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, said: “It’s been a fantastic start to the 17th annual awards with a record number of entries keeping our judges busy. VIBES is dedicated to recognising companies which have taken significant steps to reducing their environmental impact so it’s extremely rewarding to see such a wide range of businesses sharing their great work with us.
“The variety of entries really highlights the different steps businesses are taking and how even the smallest of changes can positively impact the environment and indeed the business. Those shortlisted each impressed the judges with their creative ideas, passion and commitment to the environment and business issues and we are very much looking forward to celebrating their efforts at the ceremony later this year.”
Awards will be presented for Management (SME (under 250 employees) and Large (250+ employees)), Environmental Product or Service, Transport and Circular Economy along with two new categories, Green Team and Innovation, a special theme category in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. There will also be a Hydro Nation charity award in collaboration with WaterAid.
A Micro Business Award will be presented for the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.
Sponsoring the awards this year are Scottish Government, ScottishPower, Chivas Brothers Pernod Ricard, Anglian Water, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living. The University of Stirling Management School is a venue sponsor.
The full list of VIBES Awards 2016 categories and finalists are as follows:
Management Large (over 250 employees):
Management SME (under 250 employees):
Environment Product or Service: