John Lawrie Group Environmental Director Ray Grant was delighted to take part in the launch of the 2018 VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards - at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, 13 March.

As the winner of the VIBES Circular Economy Award in 2017, John Lawrie Group recognises the importance of incorporating sustainable practices into its everyday operations and is dedicated to helping set the pace of the sustainable agenda in Scotland.

The prestigious event began with a welcome from Mr Graeme Dey MSP (Angus South) and was followed by a Ministerial Address by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Ray then took part in a panel session, chaired by Mr Dey, along with other two VIBES winners - Adam Wilson of Patterson Arran and Carina Contini from the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant.

John Lawrie Group Environmental Director Ray Grant (centre right) answers questions during the VIBES panel session

A number of video case studies featuring VIBES Awards winners, including the John Lawrie Group, were shown to the audience of VIBES partners and supporters as well as industry, business and political representatives.

Click on the image below to view the John Lawrie Group video case study, featuring Ray Grant:

The event was then brought a close with a vote of thanks on behalf of the VIBES partners from Terry A’Hearn, CEO of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The John Lawrie Group were winners of the 2017 VIBES awards for Circular Economy which is for businesses whose product or service fit the principles of the circular economy and demonstrates the business and environmental benefits of a closed loop approach. The judges considered that the commitment of John Lawrie Group and the environmental benefits achieved were worthy of an award in this category.

John Lawrie Group has built a substantial business on the back of an observation that redundant steel tubulars from the oil and gas industry could be used as a replacement for traditional concrete in construction piling. The company is now demonstrating an innovative and novel approach, creating savings of around 30% in comparison to using virgin materials.

Maurice Golden MSP, West Scotland, with Ray Grant, John Lawrie Group

VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland and Energy Saving Trust. The Awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, Bright Green Business, Quality Scotland and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme.