A Highland hotel and an international oil service company were among the winners at the 2008 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (Vibes) Awards, in Edinburgh last night.
A total of 11 companies came out on top of the competition among the cream of Scotland’s green businesses to take honours at the annual event.
Now in its ninth year, Vibes awards recognise and reward the efforts of businesses to become more efficient and competitive through improving environmental performance at the same time as benefiting their bottom line.
Last night’s successes included the Lovat Arms Hotel at Fort Augustus, which won a tourism management award.
Energy service giant Halliburton’s Montrose operation won an honour in the service category.
The other winners were construction product firm ScotAsh, haggis manufacturer Macsween of Edinburgh, multi-discipline organisation QTS Group, Edinburgh’s four star Radisson SAS hotel, construction company Laing O’Rourke’s Loch Leven Community Campus, road-repair business Nu-Phalt, recycling and waste-management specialist William Tracey and the Livingston operation of disposable soft contact lens manufacturer Bausch and Lomb.
Commercial contracting organisation Tayside Contracts took the product award for Collace Quarry, in Perthshire.
In addition, four companies were awarded special highly commended prizes: Perthshire eco-camping and mountain-bike business Comrie Croft, Gleneagles Hotel, eco-friendly vending machine supplier Automatic Retailing Technical and consulting engineer Turner Technical Services.
Presenting the awards, Environment Minister Michael Russell said: “The role which business can play will be essential in meeting our ambitious targets on reducing Scotland’s carbon emissions and help move us towards becoming a zero waste society.”
Vibes chairwoman Gillian Bruce said: “Once again we have been very impressed by this year’s winners.
“They have not only shown they are doing their utmost to be as environmentally positive as possible but they are also demonstrating great business practice while making substantial financial savings.”