Scottish Glazing Businesses Invited to Apply for Green Accolade

Applications for the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards are now open and Scottish glazing companies are being encouraged to enter the search for Scotland’s best green businesses.

Now in its 17th year, VIBES recognises and rewards businesses 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 overall bottom-line. Businesses from throughout Scotland have until Thursday 30th June to complete their submission for the awards which are free to enter.

To date VIBES awards have been presented to over 100 companies from a variety of sectors and sizes illustrating the diversity of businesses that are contributing to Scotland’s sustainable development. This year organisers are looking forward to seeing the fantastic work being carried out across the country and are urging businesses to enter.

There are eight award categories this year; Management Large, Management SME, Green Team, Transport, Circular Economy, Environmental Product or Service and a special Hydro Nation charity award in collaboration with WaterAid. This year will also see the addition of a new theme category for the first time which will reward innovation in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

A Micro Business Award will also be presented to the best entry to any category from a company with less than 10 employees.

Last year, Cumbernauld based CMS Window Systems was presented with the Management SME Award after impressing judges with its continuous improvements to environmental performance.

CMS Window Systems designs, manufactures and installs PVCu, aluminium and timber aluminium composite windows, doors and curtain walling from manufacturing and recycling facilities in North Lanarkshire and Fife. External wall insulation and cladding solutions are also provided. This is the second time CMS has been awarded for its environmental efforts at the VIBES Awards.

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, said: “The VIBES Awards offer a fantastic platform for businesses to showcase and gain recognition for the hard work they are doing to make Scotland more environmentally aware.

“Every year we are impressed with some of the ideas that Scotland’s businesses come up with and we’re looking forward to introducing our special innovation award to help recognise the creative approach many companies are taking to tackle environmental and indeed business issues. We’d encourage all businesses to enter for their chance to join the country’s growing list of sustainable VIBES champions.”

VIBES is also offering businesses the opportunity to hear from former winners at a series of free events across the country. The events will provide businesses with more information on the awards as well as offering an opportunity to pick up helpful tips from previous sustainable champions.

CMS Window Systems is hosting an event on Tuesday 10th May and local businesses are invited to find out more. As well as hearing from previous winners, attendees at the launch event will also pick up tips and advice from the team at VIBES before going on a tour of CMS Window Systems premises in Cumbernauld.

Award sponsors to date include Scottish Government, ScottishPower, Chivas Brothers Pernod Ricard, Anglian Water and Scottish Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living. The University of Stirling Management School is a venue sponsor.

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.

The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme (www.rsaaccreditation.org).

For more information on VIBES or to obtain an application from, please visit www.vibes.org.uk. To request your attendance at one of the events, please register through Eventbrite www.vibesawards.eventbrite.co.uk or email: vibes@sepa.org.uk  Twitter: @VIBES_Awards