Entrepreneurs to adopt a Global Mindset

By Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive, Entrepreneurial Scotland.
Every year the Entrepreneurial Scotland conference brings together some of the most innovative minds from home and further afield. As an organisation, we join the dots by inspiring, connecting and developing entrepreneurs. Our vision is to make Scotland the most entrepreneurial society in the world. Continue reading

Strong coffee and friendly advice support Aberdeenshire businesses

Gary Hogan, joined Interface as a Business Engagement Executive for Aberdeenshire from Robert Gordon University in March, while Gillian Hambley is on maternity leave.

We took the opportunity to ask Gary what a typical day looks like, among other things.

When did you start at Interface and what’s your background?

I started at interface on the 19th March having been at Robert Gordon University for the past 5 years within the Commercial Operations Support Team. My background’s in Oil and Gas Law. Since graduating I’ve been working as a commercial officer within RGU providing support with all commercial opportunities at local through to international level. Continue reading

What can Interface do for your business?

By Carol-Ann Adams, Business Engagement Executive, Highlands and Islands

Relationships between business and academia have long been a vital part of industry growth. Now, more than ever, building successful, sustainable links between business and academia is crucial for the economy, and Interface is helping to forge those links for businesses and organisations across the Highlands and Islands. Continue reading

Scotland CanDo more

By Adam Purvis, Co-founder FutureX

Since John Swinney MSP launched the Scotland CanDo agenda five years ago, entrepreneurial organisations from across the country have engaged in regular cooperation to make Scotland “a world-leading nation for entrepreneurship and innovation”.

In a crowded space, with competition from Lisbon to Tallinn, the companies, startups and organisations working as a part of the CanDo movement see their shared vision and core values as the unique selling points attracting business to the best small country in the world. Continue reading

Attractive attractions for older people

Alan Gow and Eleftheria Vaportzis (Heriot-Watt University); Anna Leask and Paul Barron (Edinburgh Napier University)

It’s not uncommon for visitor attractions to create tailored programmes for different groups, often focussing on something that’s expected to be particularly appealing to that demographic. But when it comes to older people, provision is often targeted towards being dementia-friendly. However, what about those people in their 70s, 80s or older with no specific impairment…might there be a way to create a programme to suit their needs and interests within our museums and heritage attractions? Continue reading

Addressing the ‘leaky pipeline’: the leadership role of women in tourism


By Dr Jane Ali-Knight, Professor in Festival and Event Management, Edinburgh Napier University

As we approach International Women’s Day and my in box starts to fill up with invitations to attend and speak at events, I ponder how far women in academia, especially within the tourism subject area, have progressed. Continue reading

Animation industry merges techniques and technology

Getting creative photo
By Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive – Creative Industries, Interface

Caroline Parkinson

Last week I was involved in a panel (or two!) in the second year of the MOVE Summit – a dedicated conference led by the animation industry in Scotland. The summit comprised two days – one day dedicated to our Emerging Talent and two to the professional freelance and commercial companies in Scotland. I was invited to speak to the Emerging Talent audience of 110 students studying a range of subjects in the animation and digital media field, about the potential route to developing their innovation ideas with academic support post-graduation. I was joined by Brian McNicoll, University of Dundee Entrepreneurship, who is also the founder of Dynamo Games; David Smith of Cultural Enterprise Office; Ross McKenzie of Creative Scotland, who led the Animation Sector Review, and two studio leaders – Mally Graveson, Heehaw, and Jill Wallace, Axis Animation, about the realities of starting a business or gaining employment. Continue reading

It pays to be greener

By Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency, Zero Waste Scotland, and a judge of the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018

Small and medium businesses can reduce energy costs and receive up to £10k cashback with the SME Loan. It’s a win-win.

By making energy efficiency improvements most businesses can cut their energy consumption by around a quarter, making a 25% saving on their energy bills. Continue reading

Lee’s outstanding contribution to knowledge exchange

Professor Lee Innes
Professor Lee Innes, Communications Director at Moredun Research Institute and winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange 2017, tells us about the importance of academic-business partnerships and why travelling helps people work together. Continue reading