University link boosts business

A Brechin business is amongst those in four rural areas of Scotland benefitting from the Interface Business Engagement Scheme, which sees companies matched with experts in Scottish universities to help them meet business challenges.

Soil Essentials of Hilton of Fern, by Brechin, has worked on two projects under the Interface Business Engagement Scheme.

The Interface Business Engagement Scheme work with companies to enable access to university resources, and 62 collaborative projects have been established in the past 18 months with a value of more than £487,785.

Four regions in Scotland - Perthshire, Tayside, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway - are covered by two Interface Business Engagement executives, funded by Scottish Enterprise.

Jim Wilson, Technical Director of Soil Essentials, commented: “Soil Essentials finds working with Interface makes it much easier to find expert advice and skills in Scotland’s universities.

“Previously, to find an expert partner, we had to rely on various methods to ensure we had the best fit with our needs.

“Now we are engaged with Interface, we can submit a proposal to them and Interface will pass it to all relevant Scottish universities, who write a tailored response making it much easier for us to select the most suitable partner for each project. Interface saves us hours and ensures we get the best possible help.”

Interface works throughout Scotland, connecting organisations of all sizes and from all sectors to the right academic expertise which enables them to increase research and development activity, which, in turn, leads to the creation and development of new products, services and processes.