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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StEPS Podiatry - Pioneering motion analysis could help prolong football careers

Funded by a £5,000 Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher grant, StEP Podiatry embarked on a project with the University of Strathclyde, giving them access to highly specialised gain analysis equipment which was vital for the development of their preventative screening equipment.

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Bright Red Publishing - The Future is Bright!

With support from the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher scheme, Bright Red Publishing Ltd collaborates with Edinburgh Napier University to develop and launch their brand and product well beyond the Scottish border.

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Mara Seaweed - Funding supports sustainable seaweed growth.

Mara Seaweed has received a range of grants from £5,000 to almost £400,000 in less than 5 years to become the UK’s leading culinary seaweed provider.

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Scotmas

Scotmas is a leading manufacturer of water treatment, hygiene and environmental care products. With a strong and continued commitment to R&D, the company was looking to advance two research projects, one looking at bacteria identification and another on bacteria and virus tests. Following an extensive search of expertise in the field, Interface helped the company to develop active partnerships with several academic institutions.

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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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