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Region’s businesses shortlisted for VIBES Awards 2023

Published: 26/05/2023

Eight businesses from the Highlands have been shortlisted as champions of sustainability at the annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

With a significant number of entries this year, the awards celebrate the efforts of companies working to reduce pressure on the planet’s resources, accelerate action towards net zero, and reinforce the symbiotic relationship between the economy and the environment.

The region’s shortlisted companies include Ross-shire Engineering from Muir of Ord, Windswept Brewing Company from Lossiemouth and Thurso-based Flow Country Partnership.

Nicole Paterson, Chief Executive at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

“As the need for sustainable business practices grows across the country, so too does the economic opportunity. Now more than ever, Scottish consumers are looking to business leaders to take meaningful action, with a recent survey revealing 58% are more likely to buy from environmentally friendly companies.

“This year’s VIBES shortlist goes to show that we have those in abundance in Scotland and SEPA remains firmly focused on helping many more businesses realise the financial and social benefits that come with prioritising the environment.”

The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards is a partnership between SEPA, the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland and NatureScot.

Since 1999, VIBES has recognised hundreds of Scottish businesses driving positive and radical environmental action. Last year, 12 winners were announced including Kenoteq in Edinburgh - a company making construction bricks from waste, with a 90% lower carbon footprint. Bruichladdich Distillery Co Ltd, a whisky and gin distiller based on the Isle of Islay, also scooped a prize for its commitment to the environment including switching to 100% green electricity and making additional packaging optional for customers.

ThermaFY Eco, a thermal analysis software and data company based in Kelso, won the Produce or Service Scotland award in 2023 for helping identify to identify ways to maximise energy efficiency of homes, reducing carbon emissions and excessive use of energy.

Scott Fairburn, CEO of ThermaFY Eco, said:

“Embracing sustainability is not only a responsible choice but also a smart business decision. At ThermaFY, we work with some fantastic organisations who are committed to integrating sustainable practices into their customers and employee's homes. This enables us to not only contribute to a greener future but also enhance the overall business performance of our clients through ensuring the efficiency of the UK’s housing stock.

“Being recognized as a VIBES award winner validates our dedication to sustainability and motivates us to continue innovating and pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency. We are proud to be part of a growing community of businesses actively shaping a sustainable future.”

STV, the official media partner for 2023, has created the Green Fund Award for this year’s VIBES - the winner of which will bag a £30k campaign partnership with STV. 

Jules McKim, Head of Client Partnerships at STV, said:

“It’s never been more important for businesses to champion sustainability, and as part of our media partnership with this year’s VIBES Awards, we’re delighted to be offering £30k worth of advertising to a standout organisation that has gone above and beyond in its mission to promote positive environmental practice.

“The STV Green Fund was set up to support Scottish businesses with strong green credentials, so partnering with VIBES on this award was a no-brainer for us. Congratulations and good luck to all this year’s nominees.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in November. More information about the awards can be found on

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