Awards prove sustainability benefits businesses

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Vibes Awards 2015, Thu, 26, November, 2015Have you ever considered entering your business for an award but decided it was too time consuming and not worth it? Or even entered one, and got nothing back for your troubles? Well, welcome to VIBES, the environmental business awards that promise tailored feedback and advice to help you develop your business further than you thought possible (even if you don’t win).

The Vision in business for the environment of Scotland (VIBES) awards are one of Scotland’s leading environmental awards schemes and recognises businesses of all sizes and in all sectors whose internal processes, products or services are reducing their effect on the environment whilst improving their business economics.

Why apply?

VIBES aims to reward excellent environmental business performance and to drive behavioural change by encouraging sustainable options to be embraced and delivered, in all Scottish business sectors. Our previous winners have managed to demonstrate the connection between environmental and economic benefits, and are happy to work with us now to encourage businesses to go beyond environmental compliance requirements by sharing what they did. Alongside our past winners, our partners hope the unique awards process will inspire other businesses to consider and implement positive behaviours too. VIBES provides events, dedicated PR support, media coverage of winners, case studies and a variety of promotional activities, especially through partner networks, to ensure the benefits of participating in the awards are understood and embraced by potential entrants.

Benefits

Application process for VIBES imageApplying to VIBES is free, with a guaranteed invitation to attend the award ceremony, which is a great opportunity to network with businesses that have similar environmental credentials.

Following a rigorous judging process, businesses can gain recognition of their good environmental practices as all entries receive tailored feedback. This feedback underlines what the business is doing well, and provides advice on further environmental improvement, which includes signposting to free Government assistance.

More detailed information on the judging process is available in our SEPA View article, Green Vision.

VIBES award winners are also eligible to enter the European Business Awards for the Environment – giving the cream of Scotland’s green businesses a further opportunity to show how good environmental practice is working for Scotland, and raising their profile in new international markets.

Want to learn more?

We’ll be providing examples of how winning a VIBES award benefitted past winners throughout May and June. Watch out for the stories on SEPA View and on social media @ScottishEPA, and on the VIBES website.

If you want to participate in the VIBES awards, please visit the website or get some tips for a successful application by attending one of our free events throughout Scotland in April and May, where you will get a chance to hear from previous VIBES winners and learn more about the awards and the application process.

  • 21 April 2016 – Edinburgh
  • 26 April 2016 –  Glasgow
  • 28 April 2016 – Dunfermline
  • 3 May 2016 – Inverness
  • 10 May 2016 – Cumbernauld
  • 11 May 2016 – Aberdeen
  • 18 May 2016 – Duns

To book a ticket, contact vibes@sepa.org.uk or register through Eventbrite .

You have until 5pm on 30 June 2016 to get your application in for VIBES awards 2016.

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