Case Studies

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Food & Drink Standard Innovation Vouchers

With support from a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, Dunnet Bay Distillers collaborated with Heriot-Watt University to generate recipe and process methodology for both a seaweed vodka and seaweed gin.  They then went on to work with the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of the Highlands and Islands on various projects partnered by Interface.

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Company Connecting

Company Connecting were looking to create a new online platform for matching businesses based on requirements.  In order to develop a prototype for this platform, expertise in interactive search and interface design was essential.  After being referred by Business Gateway, Interface matched the company with Dr Martin Halvey from the University of Strathclyde, who had such knowledge.

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Scotlab, based in Glasgow, has worked with Scottish universities to develop the Altium-i10 a devise which simulates the effects of extreme altitudes for use in the sports and fitness markets.

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Ivan Wood & Sons Ltd

Interface connected Ivan Wood & Sons Ltd with the University of Abertay who, with support from KTP funding, were able to develop an affordable starch filtration system design that would comply with new legislation coming into force.

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Investors in People Scotland group photo

Investors in People Scotland

Established in 1991, Investors in People Scotland aims to help organisations and their employees make the most of their abilities.

Investors in People Scotland approached Interface directly, to seek help in finding an academic partner to undertake the research.

The Interface team worked with them to develop a project brief which then was sent on to a range of universities and research institutions across Scotland. After speaking to three eminent social science groups, the company chose to work with Andrea Glass from the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) at the University of Glasgow.

Thanks to Interface matchmaking service and having well established access to all world class academic expertise, the team completed a comprehensive search and managed to quickly identify the best academic match from across all disciplines.


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Stuart Speake founded Soltropy Ltd in 2012 to bring to market an innovative solar thermal panel system.

Interface put the Glasgow-based company in touch with the Energy Academy at Heriot Watt University and, with support from a £5,000 Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, the academic was able to provide solid data on the overall solar thermal panel system performance, indicating clear ideas where the design could be modified.

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CM2000 received SFC Innovation Voucher and Follow On Innovation Voucher funding allowing them to work with Edinburgh Napier University to develop their existing technology and gather more data on the needs of vulnerable service users allowing them to assess the likelihood of the onset of illness which will support health care providers to improve the quality of their service. They are now working with the DHI to mine data crossing the boundary between health and social care.

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Jupiter Artland - Art garden grows with academic input

What started as a one-off digital project funded by an Innovation Voucher has led to an ongoing relationship between a unique 100-acre contemporary sculpture garden and Edinburgh Napier University.

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Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust

Interface help community trust use digital technology to bring local history to life.

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Light Tile

Design LED – H2020 SME Engagement Voucher lights the way to successful partnerships

Design LED, founded in 2004, is a global leader in the field of LED light-guide technology and have created a unique lighting solution in the form of low weight, flexible light tiles.
Looking to engage with EU counterparts they approached Interface for support.

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Trellis - Supporting Health through Horticulture

Funded by a SFC Innovation Voucher, Trellis collaborated with the School of Computing at the University of the West of Scotland to investigate a technical solution that would provide access to a database system across multiple platforms, connecting remote therapeutic gardening practitioners.


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