CircoSense receive award for sustainability at VIBES Ceremony
CircoSense are delighted to announce that it was one of nine Scottish companies declared champions of sustainability at the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.
CircoSense won the Micro Business of the Year category, which rewarded the best entry across any category where the company had fewer than 10 employees. CircoSense were chosen due to the environmental focus which the company has incorporated since it was founded in April 2016. The company’s main product, the CircoSense3000, reduces the cost of heating hot water through using smart technology to learn usage patterns in commercial buildings, lowering energy bills and reducing carbon emissions.
CircoSense joined other winners Changeworks, EC-OG, Glaze & Save Ltd, Greenvale AP, John Lawrie (Aberdeen) Limited, Paterson Arran Ltd, Sibbald Limited and The Glenmorangie Company Ltd in collecting a coveted green award in front of an audience of more than 350 business figures at the ceremony held in Edinburgh’s Grand Sheraton Hotel and Spa on Wednesday 15th November.
A further three businesses Diageo (Leven), Jaw Brew and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant each received commendations for their environmental efforts which included everything from packaging redesign to reduce waste, production of beer from unsold morning rolls to use of slam shut valves to contain spillages.
The announcement follows a rigorous judging process, where each of the 37 finalists were visited by a team of judges to assess their environmental processes.
Now in its 18th year, the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards is dedicated to recognising and rewarding businesses that are contributing to Scotland’s sustainable environment and unlike many other green awards, they are open to businesses of all sizes across all sectors.
Research has shown that sound environmental practice is also good for business, and the awards aim to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals by showcasing examples of some of the small steps businesses are taking that can have a big difference to their bottom line as well as the environment.
Awards were presented for Management SME (under 250 employees) and Large (250+ employees), Environmental Product or Service, Transport, Hydro Nation, Circular Economy, Green Team, Innovation and Micro Business.
David Jolliffe, Managing Director of CircoSense Ltd, said: ” This award for Micro Business of the Year is a reflection of the hard work which the team have put in over the last 18 months to provide a product which not only lower the cost of heating hot water but also reduces carbon emissions, providing a double saving which is good for both the bottom line and environmental targets.
“In addition, we have made environmental management a key part of our day to day operations, ensuring that we run the company in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, which is reflected in our ISO 14001 accreditation.”
Gillian Bruce, Chair of the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards, commented: “Sustainable practice is important for our environment but it can also make a big difference to a business’s operations as seen by this year’s finalists.
“The standard of entries has once again been high and it is encouraging to see the different ways and processes businesses are coming up with, both small and large, to reduce their environmental impact.
“The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards are not just about giving recognition to these companies but also to help showcase the steps they are taking to reduce their impact in the hope that many more companies will be inspired to follow in their footsteps and to reap the rewards.”
Each of the 2017 VIBES winners is now eligible to enter the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) which is open to winners and runners up of RSA Accredited award schemes. VIBES is the only Scottish based RSA Accredited award scheme.
Sponsoring the awards this year are; Anglian Water Business, Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living, Climate-KIC through Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), Edinburgh Trams, Farne Salmon and Trout, NetRegs, Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), ScottishPower and University of Stirling Management School.
VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands 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, Quality Scotland and Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme (www.rsaaccreditation.org).
Regular updates on the 2017 VIBES Awards are posted on Twitter (@VIBES_Awards) #VIBES2017 and on the VIBES Blog www.vibes.org.uk/news/
For more information on the CircoSense device, visit our About CircoSense page.