Article posted on 18.11.2016

The Tidy Planet “Dragon Energy System” equipped Glenuig Inn on the Sound of Arisaig has been named Micro Business of 2016 in the recent Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) awards in recognition of its strong commitment to the environment.


The Inn runs on 100% renewable energy and generates minimal waste which cannot be recycled or repurposed. This is the second time it has been awarded the accolade in the Micro-Business category, previously being in 2011. The Inn holds a Gold status from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and is described as Scotland’s exemplar green inn. It has also recently been voted Lochaber Business of the Year at the Highland Business Awards, and prides itself on enabling its visitors to enjoy the great outdoors amidst stunning scenery whilst enjoying excellent modern Scottish cuisine and comfortable accommodation in the knowledge that there is virtually zero impact to the environment.

Steve Macfarlane, Director, Glenuig Inn, said: “It’s always a challenge to do the right thing for the environment and even more so when we aim to provide excellence in all we do for all our guests; we’re open all day, every day, all year. We are delighted to have won a VIBES award again this year, as it is true recognition of our strong environmental commitment in everything we do.” He went on to say, “as a 100% renewable business, with lower energy costs in winter than summer, we believe strongly in doing the right thing across all aspects of the business including minimising waste. We have recently perfected the ‘zero food waste to landfill’ process of drying our food waste before adding it to biomass as fuel, which is having a huge positive impact on the running of the Inn”

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This year, 32 Scottish businesses were shortlisted from a record number of entries. Each of the finalists underwent a rigorous judging process, including a programme of site visits, to assess their environmental practices. Gillian Bruce, Chair of the VIBES Awards, commented: “The VIBES Awards recognise and showcase the fantastic work being undertaken by businesses across the country to put sustainability at the heart of their operations, often saving money in the process. “We have been very impressed with the high standard of entries, and with a record number of companies entering the VIBES Awards this year it is encouraging to see that so many businesses understand how reducing their environmental impact can also benefit their business. We would like to congratulate all of our 2016 winners and finalists and hope that many more companies will be inspired to follow in their footsteps by recognising the benefits of sustainability in business.”

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