South of Scotland Enterprise and Interface have agreed to work together to help deliver collaborations between Scotland’s academic institutions, SME’s and community organisations in the South of Scotland.
The new partnership will see SOSE provide funding of £75,000 for a one-year period to enable Interface to inspire greater numbers of businesses and communities in the South of Scotland of the benefits and opportunities from working with the knowledge and expertise of Scotland’s Universities and Colleges. The arrangement will also support more businesses and communities to become innovation active, improve their resilience and competitiveness and drive recovery from COVID 19. A particular area of focus of the new partnership will be enabling the longer-term ambitions of the region including achieving Net Zero.
With team members based in the South of Scotland, Interface works with businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, to match them to Scotland’s world-leading academic expertise to help them grow. With connections into all Scottish universities, research institutes and colleges, Interface has an established and efficient processes that will save businesses and organisations time and money in finding and accessing academic expertise, research, technologies, specialist facilities and funding.
South of Scotland Enterprise Chief Executive, Jane Morrison-Ross, said:
“There are already a number of excellent examples of Interface working successfully with a variety of South of Scotland businesses and organisations and I am delighted this work can expand further thanks to this new partnership with SOSE.
“SOSE’s vision is to establish the South of Scotland as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth, and our new agreement with Interface is another step towards realising this goal.”
ThermaFY Group, based in Kelso, have scaled their business through the new connections fostered by Interface since 2010. Amanda Pickford, Director, ThermaFY Group, said:
“Without Interface my business journey would not have taken the path that it has, the support and expertise has enabled me to tackle complex problems, way beyond my expertise and for that, I will forever sing their praises from the rooftops! I wish that Interface continue to engage with emerging companies with novel ideas, as it's through the expertise within academia and the opportunities SME's encounter that wonderful new business can grow and transform society.”
Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director of Interface, said:
“We welcome the investment from South of Scotland Enterprise. There is huge potential within the region, and we look forward to further enhancing relationships with the South of Scotland Enterprise team ensuring that Interface foster valuable connections across the region. Through partnering local businesses and communities with our world-leading academic institutions we can tackle economic and societal challenges in innovative ways helping to boost productivity, create new jobs and drive sustainable and inclusive growth and well-being.”