In­ter­face has busi­ness so­lu­tions

The Oban Times - - Busi­ness -

DO YOU want to cre­ate or de­velop a new prod­uct, ser­vice or process to take your busi­ness for­ward, but need help to over­come some of the tech­ni­cal­i­ties?

If so, In­ter­face could help you. In­ter­face con­nects busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to Scot­tish univer­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions and col­leges that can best pro­vide the knowl­edge firms need.

This free ser­vice started in Scot­land in 2005 and is de­signed to save busi­nesses time and money. It has al­ready helped hun­dreds of or­gan­i­sa­tions across all sec­tors, in­clud­ing tourism, cre­ative in­dus­tries, en­ergy and food and drink.

Lorraine Thom­son, who heads In­ter­face’s High­lands and Is­lands team, said: ‘We have worked with many busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the re­gion and the feed­back has been pos­i­tive about their ex­pe­ri­ences of part­ner­ing aca­demics. We would love to help more lo­cal busi­nesses meet their goals in this way.’

Among the busi­nesses Lorraine and the team have sup­ported are Craine Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, John­nie Mac’s Oys­ters, Zing Or­gan­ics and Staf­fin Com­mu­nity Trust.

Lorraine ex­plained: ‘Peo­ple some­times think of re­search and de­vel­op­ment as be­ing just for large cor­po­rates, but we have matched mi­cro busi­nesses to aca­demic ex­per­tise many times with re­ally pos­i­tive re­sults.’

From kitchen ta­ble en­ter­prises to fam­ily run com­pa­nies, aca­demics are seek­ing many busi­nesses as part­ners. Busi­ness can ac­cess spe­cial­ist fa­cil­i­ties such as 3D print­ers, mi­croscopy, hu­man per­for­mance labs, wave tanks, vir­tual re­al­ity and tex­tile print­ing.

The In­ter­face team will es­tab­lish your needs and pre­pare a brief which will be shared among the ap­pro­pri­ate de­part­ments within univer­si­ties.

Visit www.in­ter­face-on­line.org.uk/oban­times, or Lorraine.thom­son@in­ter­face-on­line.org.uk, 01463 245263 (Ar­gyll and the Isles) or Carol-Ann. Adams@in­ter­face- on­line.org.uk 01463 245262 (Lochaber and Skye).

Lorraine Thom­son, who heads In­ter­face’s High­lands and Is­lands team.

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