Case Studies

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Macphie

University of Edinburgh Food & Drink Standard Innovation Vouchers

Headquartered in Glenbervie near Stonehaven, Scotland, Macphie is the UK’s leading, independent, added-value food ingredients manufacturer, and has been producing premium quality food ingredients and solutions for customers across 40 countries for over 85 years.

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Shed Media

Interface supported Shed Media Scotland by facilitating a collaboration with Robert Gordon University to devise a quiz for their interactive drama, Being Victor, to determine young people's attitudes to online privacy.

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StudioLR

StudioLR is an award winning design agency based in Leith, Edinburgh.

Dissatisfied with existing ‘way-finding’ products for dementia, and sensing an opportunity for a fresh and novel approach, the company spoke to Interface to access Scotland’s academic expertise to use the latest research to inform their design, ensuring an effective, as well as an attractive, finished product.  Interface introduced them to both the universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, where they embarked on a collaborative approach to the project.

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Borders Journeys

Borders Journeys is a small tourism business based in the Scottish Borders.  When the owner needed a clearer strategic vision for his company and, in particular, wanted to establish if there was a large enough market to merit him spending the majority of his time focusing on ancestral tourism, Interface put him in touch with Queen Margaret University, who embarked on a research project with him.

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Bubbal

Bubbal is a location-based mobile service where people save, discover and share what's important in the places they visit. The company knew that they needed to develop a more robust mechanism for predicting the content that was going to be most interesting to the user, so contacted Interface for assistance.  Interface put them in touch with the University of Glasgow where there was a dovetail fit between the academic's interests and research and the company’s business objectives.

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Sansooz

Started by Susan ‘Sooz’ Chirino, Sansooz is a fashion apparel company keen to help the fashion conscious become more safety conscious, without having to compromise on style.

Sooz originally contacted Business Gateway in Aberdeen City who, on hearing about her specific research and development needs, put Sooz in touch with Interface – The knowledge connection for business, knowing that they would be able to search out the best academic expertise from across Scotland.

 

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Jump Research

Edinburgh-based research firm, Jump Research was set up by Louise Fraser in 2012 to bridge a gap between a full service market research agency and a consultancy. Louise saw a potential gap in the market for a mobile research unit and approached Edinburgh Napier University to explore the opportunity.

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Common Interest Group  : Scottish Gold

Working together to create opportunities for your industry

Interface Food & Drink (IFD) are having an impact on the industry by focussing on collaboration and in particular Common Interest Groups (CIGs) - drawing individual companies together to benefit from each other’s knowledge as well as that of academics and intermediaries.

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Health Science Solutions

Health Science Solutions (HSS) are a Scotland wide life science company based in Inverness. Having had success working with Interface- The knowledge connection for business, when they worked with Aberdeen University on an ultrasound project, HSS knew the benefits of working with Academia and approached Interface for further assistance.

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Hectares range of Sweet Potato Crisps and Snacks

Hectares Sweet Potato Crisps

Hectares Food Ltd is a new business set up to produce and sell a range of sweet potato crisps.  The market for sweet potato crisps is in its infancy and consumers are starting to understand the health benefits that sweet potatoes have over standard white potatoes.

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Gaia Wind's Self Raising Tower in action

Gaia Wind

Originally established in Denmark, now based in Glasgow, Gaia Wind Ltd are tackling rural wind power generation one innovative solution at a time.

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