September 1, 2015, marks an important date for many small companies who manufacture chemical formulations across Europe, when Article 95 of the European Biocidal Products Regulations comes into force.
In this post Alistair Cameron, Managing Director at Scotmas Group, a company at the forefront of new innovations in the chemicals market, talks about effects of the regulations and the vital part research can play in this industry. Continue reading →
By David Watt, Director of IoD Scotland
As President Barack Obama said: “Ideas are what power our economy… When we invest in the best ideas before anybody else does, our businesses and our workers can make the best products and deliver the best services before anybody else.”
But when you consider UK spending on R&D is in decline and the 2014 Innovation Union Scoreboard classed the UK and an innovation ‘follower’ because it’s is not an ‘all-rounder’ in terms of innovation and the proportion of SMEs bringing innovations to market is well behind the EU average – are we on the right track?
Successive governments in the UK have lauded the role of research in creating economic growth. Investment in innovation is valued to the extent that the science and research budget has been ring-fenced in cash terms since 2010 when most other areas of government spending have been significantly reduced or removed altogether. Continue reading →
By Lorna Watson, Business Engagement Executive, Tayside
Funding your business projects can sometimes be a bit like the Ice Bucket Challenge. You have a great idea and it’s washed away with a bucket of freezing water when you can’t find the right support to take your project forward!
However, don’t be disheartened as there are pots of funding up for grabs, and competitions with cash prizes, that could be used to match fund your project. Continue reading →
It’s all change in the Interface Highlands and Islands office, as we’ve moved to new premises in the heart of Inverness with our hosts Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It’s great to be working somewhere new, and the views of the River Ness aren’t bad either!
Inverness recently hosted a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) briefing about Technology Inspired Innovation – a competition for companies to win feasibility study funding. Continue reading →
Social Investment has been in the news a great deal lately. Whether it’s been driven by market failures within main stream lending institutions, or a desire to see more social and environmental return for every pound spent, social investment has come of age.