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Glenuig Inn to represent the UK at European Awards


Scotland’s sustainable businesses, including Glenuig Inn, will be leading the way for the UK on the European stage later this year with 10 out of the 11 UK business shortlisted for the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) from Scotland.

 The award-winning companies showcase the example Scotland’s businesses are setting when it comes to tackling the effects of climate change. Glenuig Inn will represent Micro Businesses, in the Management Category, for a range of initiatives including waste to landfill reduction by 97.5%, circular economy measures which include zero food waste leaving site, 100% renewable energy from biomass and hydro, and the subsequent use of the output as organic fertilizer for the gardens, and having no single use plastics in the business.

 Steve Macfarlane, Director of Glenuig Inn commented “it is a great honour and a credit to the whole team that we’ve been selected to represent the UK at these prestigious awards” he added, “when we started out to create a financially and environmentally sustainable business within the hospitality sector 10 years ago, I never imagined we would be recognised for our achievements on a national and international platform. Today it is increasingly important that businesses and individuals both contribute proactively to the circular economy and cease to take our finite resources for granted”

 Each company has been selected following their success at the VIBES Awards, which are backed by Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Government and its agencies, and as well as Glenuig Inn, included from Scotland are EC-OG, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd, Guala Closures UK, Jaw Brew, John Lawrie (Aberdeen) Limited, Marlin Industries Scotland Ltd, Paterson Arran and Veracity UK Limited. 

 Terry A’Hearn, CEO of SEPA, said: “The scale of environmental challenge facing humanity is enormous, with a real urgency to act.  Scotland is a global leader in its commitment to tackling climate change, in protecting and enhancing our environment, in strengthening our international reputation for sustainable growth and in supporting a transition to low-carbon economy.  Scottish businesses have recognised the economic opportunity, reflected in the fact over 90% of the UK delegation are from Scotland and the SEPA backed VIBES programme.

 “I would like to congratulate all of the nominated companies for their success in reaching this stage of the EBAEs and wish them every success in the competition.”

 The EBAE recognises outstanding, new or innovative contributions to sustainable development and the UK finalists will compete against winners from 28 other countries.

Each member state can put forward a maximum of 12 entries to the awards with UK entrants selected from the winners and runners up of RSA Accredited award schemes, including Scotland’s VIBES Awards which is the only Scottish based RSA Accredited Awards.

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