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Edinburgh Airport among firms shortlisted for VIBES business awards

Scotland's busiest airport is in line for an award celebrating Scottish companies which has worked to reduce their impact on the environment.

EDINBURGH airport has been shortlisted for an eco-friendly business award.

The travel hub is up against 28 of Scotland’s most environmentally friendly organisations in the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards 2011.

Now in its twelfth year, the prestigious awards recognise the commitment, actions and achievements of Scottish companies, operating in a variety of sectors, in reducing their impact on the environment.

This year’s VIBES shortlist includes a diverse range of companies from across Scotland which have demonstrated how they have implemented environmental best practice in their daily activities while also generating financial savings.

The VIBES judges have visited each of the shortlisted companies and the winners of the nine categories will be announced at a special ceremony taking place on 29 November 2011 at The Hub in Castlehill, Edinburgh.


The keynote speaker at the event will be Gordon McGregor, Environment and Energy Director for ScottishPower and member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group.

Gillian Bruce, VIBES Chair said: “The VIBES Awards recognise companies which have taken significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment. We are delighted at the diverse and high calibre range of entries we have received this year from businesses.

“Every year it becomes more challenging to make the shortlist with firms developing and implementing innovative new ways to reduce their impact on the environment, and often saving money as a result.

“Our shortlisted companies have impressed the judges with their sustainable practices and dedication to the environment and we look forward to celebrating each of them at the awards ceremony on 29 November.”

Awards will be presented for Best Management to small (fewer than 50 employees), medium (between 50 and 250 employees) and large (more than 250 employees) companies.

There are also awards for Energy, Transport, Waste and Resources, Environmental and Clean Technologies, Changing Behaviour and Best Micro Business.

FMC Technologies, a leading global supplier of solutions for the energy industry, is sponsoring the Management Award (Large Business Category) which it won at last year’s event.

Environmental benefits

Dan Neelon, Completion Systems Manager, FMC Technologies UK said: “Winning a VIBES award was a fantastic achievement for our company, reducing our impact on the environment is a commitment that we take very seriously.

“Now, as an award sponsor, we would like to congratulate this year’s finalists and wish them good luck. These businesses will discover that their reputation is enhanced by their involvement with the event, which promotes the need for businesses to be as green as possible.”

The William Tracey Group, one of the UK’s leading recycling and resource management companies, is sponsoring the Waste and Resources Award after winning the Service Award in both 2008 and 2009.

Managing Director Michael Tracey said: “The VIBES Awards are a fantastic way to recognise businesses that do their bit for the environment, and it is clear that the shortlisted businesses understand the economic and environmental benefits of achieving their green aspirations.

“It is an honour for the William Tracey Group to be linked with the VIBES Awards, both as a previous winner and a sponsor of the 2011 Waste and Resources Award.”

The Scottish Government is sponsoring this year’s VIBES Energy Award category.

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing said: “We want to help Scotland capitalise on the greener business revolution. As such, we are delighted to sponsor the VIBES Energy Award category as promised in our Conserve and Save: Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

“The Energy Award encourages businesses to develop and use innovative energy efficiency solutions, recognises the benefits of implementing energy saving measures, acts as a source of inspiration to others and rightfully congratulates Scotland’s most environmentally-friendly businesses.”

VIBES winners become eligible to enter the European Business Awards for the Environment, which have been running since 1987 and attract around 200 entries per year from the most environmentally friendly firms across the continent. VIBES is the only award scheme in Scotland that feeds in to these prestigious awards.


The shortlisted companies are:


Management – Large Size


Edinburgh Airport

Brand-Rex Ltd

Chivas Brothers-Pernod Ricard

Magnox North Ltd Hunterston A

Robert Wiseman Dairies, East Kilbride

Shell St Fergus

Management – Medium Size

Capital Cooling

Freshlink Foods


Management – Small Size

FIS Chemicals Ltd

M Bruce and Partners Ltd

Petrie Fine Foods

PR Print & Design

Whitmuir Organics

Changing Behaviour

CDMi Ltd

Mainetti (UK) Ltd

Rabbie’s Small Group Tours



Glenuig Inn

Rolls Wood Group

City Building

Environmental & Clean Technologies

Tennant UK

UWI Technology


Calder Cabs Ltd

Rabbie’s Small Group Tours

Waste & Resources

Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe

CMS Enviro Systems

John Rennie & Sons (Farmers) Ltd

Junk It

Keenan Recycling Ltd

Shell St Fergus

Best Micro Business

Petrie Fine Foods

CDMi Ltd

UWI Technology

Calder Cabs Ltd

John Rennie & Sons (Farmers) Ltd

Glenuig Inn


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