Groups of businesses and organisations in the creative, tourism, and food & drink industries interested in innovating will be offered dedicated support to collaborate with academic expertise, thanks to a £250,000 funding boost.
Interface, which matches businesses and academics, will strengthen its team to offer targeted support to clusters of businesses in the three sectors as a result of the Scottish Government funding.
Four new positions at Interface will be appointed in late summer. The successful applicants will work with groups of businesses in the three targeted sectors to establish collaborative projects to address joint challenges and identify innovative opportunities which could future-proof their businesses. The overall aim is to enable businesses to be more competitive in national or global markets working in partnership with our world leading academics.
Two of the posts will focus on businesses in the food & drink industry, building on the achievements of Interface’s Food & Drink team over the past five years. One will focus on tourism businesses and the fourth post will support the creative industries sector.
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “I’m delighted to announce this additional funding for Interface, an organisation that performs a vital role in stimulating demand for innovation. This funding fulfils a commitment in our Programme for Government and will allow the organisation to enhance its team of experts and, thereby, extend its help to groups of companies and organisations in three key target sectors to discover the benefits of collaborating and partnering with academics from our world-class universities and research institutes.
“The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging a culture of innovation and through our Scotland CAN DO innovation framework we are investing in the development and application of research, innovation and knowledge exchange activities which play an important part in shaping Scotland’s future.”
“Suzanne Dawson, Head of Sector Relationships at Interface, said: “This Scottish Government funding will strengthen these sectors by supporting innovation which can lead to job security and creation, and increased turnover or profits.
“Interface is well placed to identify opportunities for businesses to work as multi party groups with academia from all disciplines, for example, using cutting-edge technology to attract new visitors or enhance their experience when they get to an attraction.
“The funding will allow us to build on the success that we have achieved through establishing relationships between groups of food and drink companies and academics to scale up their businesses in a variety of ways. We look forward to working closely with the key organisations supporting these three sectors including Scotland Food and Drink, Scottish Tourism Alliance and Creative Scotland to enable adoption of academic knowledge and expertise leading to enhanced ambition and connections.”