VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Energy Savings Trust Highlands and Islands Enterprise Scottish Government NatureScot VIBES South of Scotland Enterprise SEPA Scottish Water Zero Waste Scotland

What does this involve?

VIBES rewards businesses whose management, processes and products have reduced their impact on the environment and created positive economic and social outcomes.

The VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards are a partnership between:

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • The Scottish Government
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Highland and Islands Enterprise
  • South of Scotland Enterprise
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Water
  • Zero Waste Scotland

There are 12 categories:

  • Adapting Scotland
  • Circular Scotland
  • Engaging Scotland
  • Energy Transition Scotland
  • Hydro Nation Scotland
  • Innovating Scotland
  • Leadership Scotland
  • Moving Scotland
  • Nature Rich Scotland
  • Partnership Scotland
  • Product/Service Scotland
  • Small Business Scotland

You can apply for more than one category.

Application process:

The application process is split into 2 stages:

Stage 1 – Businesses apply through the VIBES online application portal. The application form is designed to draw out information particular to each award category and to enable the judging panel to assess your application.

Stage 2 - Applications scoring highest in Stage 1 will be selected as finalists and will receive a judging site visit.

Benefits of applying for a VIBES award:

  • completing the application acts as a useful checklist for considering different environmental issues affecting a business
  • potential profile associated with winning an award, including public recognition, use of “VIBES Winner” logo, case study, video and other promotion through VIBES
  • potential profile associated with being a finalist – increased public awareness associated with VIBES promotional activities and use of “VIBES Finalist” logo
  • all applicants receive bespoke feedback reports with suggestions and recommendations relating to applications together with details for the support which is available from VIBES partner organisations
  • networking opportunities at the awards ceremony and other events

Am I eligible?

Submissions are invited from any business located in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is an award scheme. It is free to apply. 

Who is this for?

Private sector businesses, social enterprises and community businesses are all eligible to apply for the VIBES awards.

How long does this take?

The VIBES awards process is: 

  • 2 March 2022 - Applications open
  • 29 April 2022 - Applications close
  • May 2022 - finalists are announced
  • July and August 2022 - interviews with finalists take place

Important information

VIBES runs a number of events throughout the year in addition to the awards ceremony. 

Next steps

Please visit the VIBES website for more information.  

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Energy Savings Trust Highlands and Islands Enterprise Scottish Government NatureScot VIBES South of Scotland Enterprise SEPA Scottish Water Zero Waste Scotland

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