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Apply to become a VIBES 2023 winner

There’s still time to enter the VIBES awards 2023 – get the recognition you deserve

A great way to impress your customers and put you one step ahead of your competitors is getting the kudos that comes from winning an award.

If your business has taken action to reduce its environmental impact, don’t miss the opportunity to enter the prestigious VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards.

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards reward and recognise organisations that have demonstrated significant business benefits from good environmental practice.

The 2023 awards are now open for entry until 14 April 2023.

Who can apply?

Entries are open to all Scottish-based businesses including private sector businesses, social enterprises and community businesses but excluding VIBES partners, supporters and current sponsors. If the entry focuses on a collaboration or partnership approach, there must be at least one private sector business, social enterprise or community business involved. Other partners can include public sector organisations and charities.

How are the winners selected?

A panel of judges from VIBES partner organisations will assess the applications and select businesses reaching the required standard as finalists. Finalists will be asked for more information and via a robust judging process, winners will be selected for each category.

Winners are announced at a high-profile ceremony and given a bespoke glass trophy.

What are the award categories?

The 2023 awards feature three new categories: the Just Transition Scotland Award, the Vision in Business Scotland Award and the STV Green Fund Award, with a £30K campaign partnership with STV up for grabs.

The 12 award categories are:

  • Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best Small Business
  • Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best Medium Business
  • Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best Large Business
  • Vision in Business Scotland Award – Best New Business
  • Product Scotland Award
  • Service Scotland Award
  • Circular Scotland Award
  • Just Transition Scotland Award
  • Sustainable Transport Scotland Award
  • Energy Transition Scotland Award
  • Nature Rich Scotland Award
  • STV Green Fund Award

How do I apply?

To obtain an application form, contact

Businesses have until 5pm on 14 April 2023 to submit their free application.

All applicants will receive tailored feedback and guidance and will be signposted to free help from Government agencies in relation to further environmental improvement where appropriate. Winners receive an attractive trophy with case studies shared online and associated networking opportunities.

Finalists will be announced in May before the annual awards ceremony in November.

Need inspiration?

Read about last year’s VIBES winners here. These businesses have shown there are real economic benefits by being fairer and greener including financial savings, a more positive working culture and improved competitiveness.

VIBES is a strategic partnership between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and NatureScot. The Awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, Bright Green Business, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and Scotch Whisky Association.

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