Published: 17/04/2017 06:00 - Updated: 14/04/2017 11:07

Highland groups get green light to enter environment business awards

Steve Macfarlane: Urging others to enter
Steve Macfarlane: Urging others to enter

COMPANIES throughout the Scottish Highlands are invited to learn from Scotland’s leading green business champions at a series of special events to celebrate today’s launch of the 2017 VIBES Awards.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the awards and will also see the unveiling of a new name, VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.

The free local events on the morning and afternoon of the April 27 will provide businesses with the opportunity to hear directly from previous award champions.

The first event will be held from 11am-1pm at The Lime Tree in Fort William and will feature talks from 2016 winner Glenuig Inn as well Lochaber Chamber of Commerce. The event in the afternoon will be held from 4-6pm at Highlands and Islands Enterprise offices and features talks from 2016 finalist Aurora Sustainability and HIE.

The awards recognise and reward companies employing environmental best practice in their daily activity to cut down on resource use, increase sustainability, improve reputation, enhance competitiveness, support wider sustainable developments and benefit their company’s bottom-line. The awards are free to enter and are open to businesses of all sizes and sectors.

Steve Macfarlane, director of the Glenuig Inn, said: "Winning the Micro Business Award was a great achievement and a real testament to the hard work of everyone involved. The awards are a fantastic way for businesses to get recognition for the steps they are taking to benefit the environment as part of achieving their overall business objectives.

"We would encourage any business thinking about entering the awards to do so, the opportunities it offers are fantastic and having the chance to measure yourself and learn from other businesses is hugely worthwhile. We are very much looking forward to the 2017 Awards."

Entries for the awards are now open and as well as a new name, award organisers have launched a simplified application process. Businesses have until 5pm on Friday, May 26 to submit their one page entry form.

VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards 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, Bright Green Business and Quality Scotland.

To attend the event, register through Eventbrite or email:

For more information on VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards, please visit

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