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Rebuilding a more resilient economy with innovation at its centre

02 June 2020

The challenge of encouraging regional economic growth is likely to be even more important as the UK emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic and looks to rebuild and reimagine the economy.  Two reports from CaSE and NESTA published in the last few weeks focus on 'levelling up' and the R&D investment agenda. 

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Cracking the Innovation Nut

25 May 2016

The main themes of Interface Food & Drink over the course of its life have been innovation, collaboration and impact, and each of those themes played a role in selecting the winning applications for the Legacy Competition, and also when acting as a judge for the Success through Partnership category of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence awards.

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What’s so special about Specialist Facilities?

19 May 2016

Scotland has a huge resource of world class and highly specialised facilities throughout each one of its universities and research institutions – this in its self is pretty special but when you combine it with the academic and technical knowledge they become a very valuable solution for commercial business projects.

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Chai spices

Negotiating the labelling minefield (with a little help from the FHIS)

11 May 2016

Food and drink labelling is an absolute minefield, as I discovered when ICHAI was undergoing a rebranding and website update. 

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Biodundee brings University Technology to life

04 May 2016

With BioDundee nearly upon us, and one of the main event themes this year being commercialisation, it provides a fitting opportunity for me to share some of the extensive expertise that our universities can offer to businesses within the life sciences sector. 

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Eugo Games

High ambitions for Summit with academic support

26 April 2016

As a pre start-up business and one with very little experience of digital technologies, the opportunity of working with academic partners provided through Interface was exactly what I needed. 

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VentureFest Scotland 2016

Make Venturefest your innovation quest

20 April 2016

When Venturefest landed in Glasgow last year, Interface immediately recognised it as an exciting new opportunity to highlight to businesses the benefits of partnering with the world-class universities and research institutions we have here in Scotland.

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Planet Earth

Making a world of difference through collaborating

14 April 2016

As this is “Earth Month” and April 22 is dedicated “Earth Day”, we decided to ask energy entrepreneur Andrew Bissell about his potentially game-changing thermal energy storage battery, which he developed with the help of academics following an introduction through Interface.

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Carol-Ann flies the flag for I-N-T-E-R-F-A-C-E

07 April 2016

Just over a year ago, Carol-Ann Adams joined Interface as a Business Engagement Executive in the Highlands and Islands. Here she reflects on how the presentation she gave during her interview applies in her every day work, connecting businesses to the wealth of academic expertise across Scotland’s universities and research institutions…

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Can Scotland Do Innovation? …and what does success look like?

31 March 2016

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; success is determined, defined and measured by whoever holds the yardstick. This was brought home to me by several meetings I’ve attended recently on the topics of innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.

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How universities are boosting business in Scotland

24 March 2016

It is 20 years this July since Dolly the Sheep was born at the Roslin Institute, just outside Edinburgh. 

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