Jamie Hepburn meets the Sustainable Thinking Scotland Team

Minister visits innovative companies

Mr Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, visited two companies with sustainability and environmental impact at the heart of what they do. These businesses have been supported by Interface, specialists in knowledge exchange, who connect innovative thinkers to Scottish academics.

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Academic Know-How Boosts Business Turnover

29 January 2015

A growing number of businesses are benefiting from collaborating with Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), figures released have shown.

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New microscopic imaging centre at Dundee University

28 January 2015

A new £8m microscopic imaging unit has opened at Dundee University.  The "cutting-edge" centre will help drive research in physical, medical and life sciences.

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Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects

28 January 2015

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) urges universities and companies to look at new models for partnerships, pointing to increased business interest in research collaborations.

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Queen Margaret University launches new food innovation and development centre

11 December 2014

A new Scottish centre for food development and innovation has officially opened at Queen Margaret University's Edinburgh campus.

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Harris Tweed

Whisky-scented ‘smart’ tweed launched

03 December 2014

A new scent-infused “smart fabric” has been created that will permanently give off the smell of whisky.  The pioneering cloth, developed by Heriot Watt University's School of Textiles and Design in Edinburgh and Galashiels, will spearhead a new commercial tie-up between Harris Tweed and scotch brand Johnnie Walker.

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Winners Announced at the Interface Excellence Awards 2014

21 November 2014

The winners of the four Interface Excellence Awards for 2014 have been announced by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, in Edinburgh.

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Links between academia and business need strengthened

18 November 2014

The next generation of Scottish business leaders could be driven by world-class academic expertise, but only if work starts now to bring these two areas together.

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Interface Helps To Safeguard Highlands & Islands Jobs

27 October 2014

Collaborating with Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions has helped to secure more than 60 jobs across the Highlands & Islands over the last three years, and that number is expected to increase to more than 100 by 2017.


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A Big Help for Small Businesses

10 October 2014

You’re probably aware of R&D tax relief, but here’s a very quick recap. Introduced by the UK Government in 2000, the R&D tax relief scheme is designed to encourage innovation and global competitiveness by allowing companies to reclaim money invested in qualifying research and development.

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Interface – getting it right for business

24 September 2014

Our core mantra is “get it right for business” and so we are excited about the new developments that are emerging in Scotland; developments that will improve and simplify the experience of businesses who work with Scotland’s universities to develop and exploit innovative ideas.

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