Rhiannon ’baaaaa’gs the job in Highlands and Islands

By Rhiannon Merritt, Business Engagement Executive, Interface

When did you start at Interface and where did you work before?
I joined the Interface team in April from VisitScotland, as one of their Industry Relationship Managers where I was supporting businesses within the tourism industry. Continue reading

Collaboration reaches new depths

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By Dr Katherine Simpson, ATLAS Project Manager, Heriot-Watt University

British scientists and their industry partners are leading a mission to reveal the secrets of the deep Atlantic Ocean.
The ATLAS project – involving 24 research institutions around Europe and North America – will spend four years studying the deep sea, exploring unknown ecosystems and measuring the changing ocean currents that affect our climate. The project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will explore some of the remarkably diverse ecosystems – gathering samples and filming creatures at ocean depths of many kilometres. Continue reading

Plaudits for Interface’s people power

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By Julia Page, Chief Executive Officer, veski

As an innovative organisation veski draws on its international networks for knowledge, inspiration and advice. An important part of my role as chief executive officer is visiting our international connections and learning how innovators in other countries operate. Continue reading

The Innovation academy launched in Glasgow

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Siobhan JBy Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

The word innovation is now a standard phrase in our day to day vocabulary. From mainstream TV to shopping centres all organisations are keen to show that doing things differently is no longer the preserve of large technology companies. But in the drive to innovate there may be a view that all the ideas have to come from within. Continue reading

Meet the shining star who leads innovation through collaboration

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Professor Bill Buchanan and Lynn Crawford from The Cyber Academy were delighted to provide hospitality to Interface for the business-academic round table during a recent visit by Julia Page, Chief Executive Officer of veski [Australia] to Edinburgh Napier University.

Here Lynn, the Academy’s Project Manager, gives her perspective on her colleague Bill, who is a leading light in business-academic collaborations.

Having the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences relating to the development of small businesses in Scotland is just one of the many benefits of living in Edinburgh and working in such a fantastic collaborative community. Continue reading

A novel forecasting tool for Engineering resource planning

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LauraKreiling-webBy Laura Kreiling, KTP Associate with Alexander Dennis Limited in partnership with University of Strathclyde, and winner of the Building Skills Award in the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

In my Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, cutting-edge engineering management research from Strathclyde University was transferred to Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), the UK’s biggest bus manufacturer. Continue reading

The Real Food Doctors

By Howell Davies, Interface Food & Drink Business Engagement Executive

If you are expecting a Gillian McKeith-esque article informing you of the fact that ‘you are what you eat’, you probably want to put your I-pad down and get back to your orange zest and pomegranate quinoa.  What I am about to give you instead is a tip of the hat to some of the PhD Scholarships, Interface Food and Drink have helped to fund over the last five years.  What you don’t necessarily see sitting behind the food and drink products we buy off the shelves is a whole raft of intensive research underpinning the sector, some commissioned and supported by industry using Scotland’s world class academic base. Continue reading

Getting Company Connecting off the ground with Interface

Interface client Janice Grant Shaw of Company Connecting, writes a regular blog about getting her business off the ground. Here she highlights how Interface helped in the journey by connecting her to the academic expertise she needed through research.

Janice-webBy Janice Grant Shaw, founder of Company Connecting

Last week I wrote about the help I received attending the Highlands & Island Enterprise Pathfinder Accelerator. It helped me to shape the Company Connecting business by making me spend time on the direction of the business instead of just ‘doing’. The discipline of carrying out our ‘homework’, defining the company strategic was a painful and exhilarating experience. Continue reading