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Animation industry merges techniques and technology

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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

Experts on hand to guide businesses through Brexit

Intellectual Property specialist Marks & Clerk is a lead sponsor of the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 taking place on 22 February in Edinburgh.

Here Paul Chapman from Marks & Clerk’s Edinburgh office, and a member of the Marks & Clerks Brexit committee, looks at Brexit as the major event of 2018.

Nearly one year on from the triggering of Article 50, Brexit will continue to be the foremost concern for businesses throughout 2018 and there isn’t a business in the country that won’t in some way be impacted by Britain’s leaving the EU. Businesses need to plan for Brexit now and ensuring intellectual property rights are protected is central to this. Continue reading

Christmas magic with No. 1 bestseller

By Alexander McCabe, author and businessman

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What inspired you to set up your own business?

My wife, Marie. Marie is Canadian and so we’d gone to Canada as it seemed more likely that I’d secure a spousal visa there than she could secure one here. However, the whole process took over 2.5 years and, in that time, I was prohibited from working, studying or volunteering. So, I started writing. I wrote The Christmas Present for our son, Gabriel. It was inspired by Ian Fleming who wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! for his son Caspar who had asked to read one of his novels. Understandably, given the adult content, Ian Fleming had refused. However, undeterred, Caspar asked his father to write a book for him. Continue reading

Creative solutions for urban challenges

Aarhus University

By Caroline Parkinson, Sector Engagement Executive – Creative Industries

Scotland is a member of the network, Districts of Creativity and through the leadership of the Scottish Government CAN DO department a delegation of creative leaders in Scotland attend their annual forum hosted in one of the 13 member nations. With a delegation of 20 representing Scotland I had the privilege of going to Aarhus in Denmark to hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers in creativity and design, hosted at the University of Aarhus (pictured) and Musikhuset (concert hall) next door. Continue reading

Appetite growing for food tourism

Stach food cafe in Amsterdam

By Claire Bereziat, Lecturer in Tourism, Glasgow Caledonian University

Claire Bereziat

Food and drink are at the very core of the tourism product and destination. Food is tangible in its texture, colours and composition, however, it is its intangibility that completes its appeal to the food tourist. Food is flavours, smells and scents. Food is culture. Food is connection to places, landscapes and people. Food is social and sociable. In short, food is far more than functional: it’s pleasure, and should be delight. Finally, food is memories, souvenirs and gifts. Continue reading

How to create a winning awards entry


By Heather Rattray, Marketing Manager, Interface

With just over 4 weeks to go until the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 applications deadline, here are some top tips for applying:

  • First and foremost – make it a team effort – these awards celebrate collaboration and partnership so make sure that each of the parties involved in the collaborative project are involved in the award application
  • Prove it – Always back up your claims with evidence, especially proof of innovation and the impacts achieved to all the parties in the collaboration
  • Think about the audience – Consider who will be reading your entry – the judges are not experts in your area of expertise so keep it simple, concise, clear and easy to understand
  • Attention to detail – Adhere to the word limits and spell check
  • Take your time & plan – Don’t leave it until the last minute and get it in on time – the deadline is 5pm on Monday 27th November
  • Lastly, blow your own trumpet and shout loud and clear about your achievementsapplication forms are not the time for modesty, they’re a time to prove you’re the best!

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