VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards

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What does this involve?

VIBES rewards and recognises businesses whose management, processes and/or products have reduced impact on the environment alongside 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 & Islands Enterprise
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Water
  • Zero Waste Scotland

There are 12 categories:

  • Adapting Scotland
  • Circular Scotland
  • Energy Transition Scotland
  • Engaging 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 two stages:

Stage 1 – Businesses apply through 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: 

  • January 2021 - Applications open
  • March 2021 - Applications close
  • May 2021 - finalists are announced
  • May and June 2021 - site visits take place
  • September 2021 - winners announced

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 further information.  

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