Interface COVID-19 support
This page provides key information on COVID-19 for businesses, intermediary networks and academic delivery partners. The team at Interface continues to maintain and provide quick response times to our customers and academic delivery partners while prioritising the health and wellbeing of our colleagues.
We are here to help businesses during this difficult and fast-moving time and to highlight support mechanisms and opportunities available. You don’t need to go it alone – there is a way to accelerate research & development and connections are more important than ever.
We have seen many of our customers mobilising to create new ideas and products in the fight against COVID-19 to maintain business survival and to adapt and diversify as new opportunities and markets emerge.
If you have an idea and think that academic expertise could help accelerate the development of or provide expert opinion, then please contact us.
Keep up-to-date here with the latest COVID-19 advice and access to funding support for businesses.
Interface-led initiatives to assist recovery
- Series of webinars
Working closely with businesses, academic partners and intermediaries Interface has developed a series of webinars to support businesses during the crisis and beyond it into recovery while adapting to the new normal.
The series of webinars are hosted by Interface to help businesses from all sectors and regions to diversify, re-imagine business through storytelling, digital and brand positioning to name a few.
Stay tuned and register for our upcoming webinars: https://interface-online.org.uk/events
If you weren't able to attend our latest webinars organised to support your business, please see the recordings below:
- Adopt a business programme
Interface have also developed a service which will offer tourism businesses the chance to collaborate with academics and students with expertise in tourism, marketing and other disciplines to help develop and support businesses going forward. Read more: https://interface-online.org.uk/news/interface-offers-academic-support
Case study examples of tourism businesses that have adapted and diversified their products and services via partnering with an academic team can be found here: https://interface-online.org.uk/case-studies
Job opportunities and skills development
Skills Development Scotland have created a Job Hub for immediate jobs in Scotland in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Skills support for workers in furlough or facing redundancy
Staff members who are in furlough or face redundancy due to COVID-19 are being encouraged to apply for a new selection of fully funded modules to support skills development by The Open University in Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Funding Council’s Upskilling Fund, the modules have been selected by The Open University (OU) and Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) to address specific Scottish skills gaps in IT, business, maths and engineering and support workers to reskill. The Upskilling Modules will be delivered online through flexible distance learning from October 2020 and they are open to everyone with no previous qualifications required. Apply by 24 July 2020 at www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/upskilling-scotland
Keep up-to-date through the NHS Inform website with the latest COVID-19 health advice to keep you and your teams safe.