Scotland’s businesses are invited to pick up ideas from environmental champions at a special series of free events to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

The first of these events will be held on Thursday 21st April in Edinburgh and will provide businesses with the opportunity to hear directly from previous VIBES champions in the capital including 2010 and 2013 winner Vegware and City Car Club, winner of the 2015 Transport Award.

The free sessions will be held across the country and are designed to offer local businesses the opportunity to gain insight and experience from previous VIBES winners, finalists and award organisers as well as providing a chance for local businesses to get together.

Now in its 17th year, VIBES recognises and rewards 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, which are free to enter, are open to businesses of all sizes and sectors and offer an excellent platform for businesses to showcase their green credentials.
VIBES regional events:

Edinburgh – Thursday, 21st April 2016 from 4-6pm. Host: Vegware - Canalside East, 46-50 Polwarth Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 1HL. Speakers: Vegware (VIBES 2010 and 2013 Winner) and City Car Club (VIBES 2015 Winner) and Green Network

Glasgow – Tuesday, 26th April from 4-6pm. Host: Jacobs - 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7HX, United Kingdom. Speakers: Jacobs (2015 finalist) and Green Business Network

Fife – Thursday, 28th April from 4-6pm. Host: Better World Books - Unit 10 Castle Industrial Centre, Queensferry Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8NT. Speakers: Better World Books (VIBES 2015 Winner) and Lobster Pod (VIBES 2015 Winner)

Inverness – Tuesday 3rd May 2016 from 4:30-7pm. Host: Highland Council HQ - Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX. Speakers: Clearfleau-Diageo (VIBES 2015 Finalist) and previous winners Hambleside Danelaw

Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld) - Tuesday, 10th May 2016 from 4-6pm. Host: CMS Window Systems - 10 Caisteal Road, Castlecary, Cumbernauld, G68 0FS. Speakers: CMS Window systems (VIBES 2015 Winner) and C&D Associates (VIBES 2015 Winner)

Aberdeen – Wednesday, 11th May 2016 from 4-6pm. Host: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) - Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8BL, Scotland. Speakers: AECC and Aberdeen Heat and Power (VIBES 2015 Winner)

Scottish Borders (Duns) – Wednesday 18th May 2016 from 4-6pm. Host: Farne Salmon - Station Rd, Berwickshire, Duns, TD11 3HS. Speakers: Farne Salmon(VIBES 2015 Finalist) and Emtelle (VIBES 2015 Winner). This event is supported by FSB Borders

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, said: “The VIBES Awards attract interest from businesses throughout Scotland, so to be able to hold free events regionally that allow local organisations to hear directly from previous winners in their area is important to us. The awards not only allow businesses to find out more without feeling obliged to commit to anything but also offer networking opportunities for local companies to get together.”

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, Bright Green Business and Quality Scotland.

Applications for this year’s awards will open on Thursday 21st April and will close at 5pm on Thursday 30th June.

For more information on VIBES, please visit www.vibes.org.uk. To attend the event, please register through Eventbrite www.vibesawards.eventbrite.co.uk or email: vibes@sepa.org.uk

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