Owners of Beirhope Alpacas with their alpacas

Beirhope Alpacas

The ABCs….and Ds of Success


Alpacas, branding, collaboration……and diversification are the keys to success for a Borders’ based company.

Beirhope Alpacas are a family-owned smallholding located in the stunning Cheviot Hills. They started operating in 2017 with five alpacas and 12 acres of smallholding.  Since then, the business has thrived and managed to withstand the COVID-19 crisis.

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A Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher follow on fund was awarded to Ecometrica and Dr Edward Mitchard from the University of Edinburgh for a project titled Earth Observation support for assessing the performance of the UK government’s International Climate Fund forest projects.

This follow on funding allowed Dr Mitchard to undertake additional analysis over Brazil to test the suitability of different earth observation satellite products for monitoring forest change.

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Interface partnered the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with Edinburgh Napier University to work on a collaborative project to define and provide a design and integration roadmap for the digital and multisensory augmentation of the audience to add a new, never before experienced dimension to an already world leading production.

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James Frew Ltd

James Frew Ltd

James Frew Ltd was awarded a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher*, administered by Interface, which gave them the opportunity to collaborate with West College Scotland to develop a new innovative training planning process, including the monitoring of certification renewals, development of individual training plans and the measurement of the impact of training through AMI (Achievement Measurement Indexing). 

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Droman Crime Solutions

Droman Crime Solutions Ltd

Thanks to the funding from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, administered by Interface, Droman Crime Solutions partnered with Abertay University and Police Scotland to deliver this new game-based solution to combat cybercrime.

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Plansafe Solutions

Interface connected Plansafe Solutions with Edinburgh Napier University to develop a bespoke and innovative IT system. The project was funded by a Scottish Funding Council Follow on Innovation Voucher, administered by Interface.

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Andrew Bissell, Sunamp

Sunamp Heat Batteries

Sunamp Ltd, which is based in East Lothian, was founded in 2005 by successful technology entrepreneur, Andrew Bissell, who wanted to produce an innovative solution to develop heat batteries that store energy as heat, which can be released on-demand to provide heat and hot water. 

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Sgaia Foods Ltd

Interface connected Sgaia Foods with the team at Food Innovation @ Abertay (FIA) to collaborate on a project for the development of a gluten-free range of their vegan products. This project was funded by a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher.

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Bon Accord

Interface connected Bon Accord to Food Innovation at Abertay (FIA), who has the technical expertise as well as industry and consumer knowledge to assist Bon Accord in its development of a range of premium, carbonated soft drinks.

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Sam Foster Architects

Funded by a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, administered by Interface, Sam Foster Architects collaborated with the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at the Glasgow School of Art to undertake a Building Performance Evaluation process that would develop an evidence-based design approach.

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Current Health (formerly Snap40 Ltd)

Current Health (formerly Snap40) collaborated with the University of the West of Scotland to incorporate an ultrasound measurement into their medical device for non-invasively monitoring hydration levels in patients.

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