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The search is on for Scotland’s green business champions. Applications are now open for the 16th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards and businesses throughout the Scottish Highlands are invited to enter.

VIBES is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme, recognising and rewarding businesses that contribute to Scotland’s sustainable development through improving processes or developing new products and services. The awards are free to enter and applications can be submitted until 5pm on Monday 13th July.

Open to businesses of all sizes and sectors, VIBES aims to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals.

There are seven award categories open for entry this year including; Management Large, Management SME, Environmental Product or Service, Transport, Co-operation, Hydro-Nation and Circular Economy. In addition to this, the Micro Business Award will be presented to the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.

Last year’s awards saw 10 businesses take a coveted green title, including Glasgow based BAE Systems Naval Ships, Jessie Mac’s B&B in Perthshire, Fife HARCA Ltd. and Peel Tech Ltd. from Fife, Keenan Recycling Ltd. in Aberdeenshire, IRT Surveys Ltd in Dundee and Soilutions Ltd and Wind & Cloud Travel Ltd both in Edinburgh. GRAHAM Construction and Celtic Renewables Ltd. also received commendations.

Over the years businesses throughout the Highlands have achieved great success in the awards with previous winners including; Glenuig Inn and the Lovat Arms Hotel in Fort Augustus.

Sponsoring the awards this year are Scottish Government, Scottish Power, Zero Waste Scotland, Brand-Rex and The University of Stirling Management School.

VIBES is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group. The Awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses and Bright Green Business.

The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme (www.rsaaccreditation.org).

For more information on VIBES or to obtain an application from, please visit www.vibes.org.uk.

Twitter: @VIBES_Awards

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