Member of the Week - Interface

Interface is a unique organisation who work with businesses to develop their ideas, helping to translate them into dynamic briefs for academics. By connecting businesses to the right academic expertise for increased innovation, this leads to creation of and development of new products, services and processes.

We spoke to Rhiannon Merrit, Business Engagement Executive at Interface who is one of a team of 25 spread over the country from Highlands & Islands to Dumfriesshire, Edinburgh, Lothian, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire and Tayside.

Interface has established connections in each of Scotland’s Universities, research institutes and colleges which means Interface can identify the right expertise, the best technologies and the most relevant facilities and equipment to solve any number of business challenges.

Rihannon’s role is very busy, as one of the Business Engagement Executives, she is out and about meeting businesses and organisations across the Highlands and Islands who are interested in partnering with Academic Enterprises. With a lot of time spent on the road, attending events, and going to businesses, Rihannon can determine how they could achieve their goals innovatively through academic collaborations.

Interface took advantage of the opportunity to become member of the week to showcase how unique their academic matchmaking service is, AND its completely free of charge to businesses and organisations! Interface casts a wide net and works with all the universities, colleges and research institutions in Scotland to match your business to the right expertise for your business needs.

Interface supports hundreds of businesses every year with their new products, services and processes. Whether it is feasibility studies, preliminary trials and testing or product, service and process development.
Interface has worked on some exciting projects with Timespan, Dunnett Bay Distillery, and Fishbox!

Over the coming 12 months, Interface aims to reach more businesses to let them know about all the great things which can come out of working with Academics which can include – increasing turnover, safeguarding or creating jobs or researching new markets. Interface as also added a dedicated resource to helping businesses continue their academic journey once a collaborative partnership has been formed.

In acknowledgement of the partnerships developed through Interface, they host an annual event – The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards – each February. 2018 award entires open in Autumn, so keep your eyes peeled for news on the launch and how to participate.

We asked Rihannon what she values most about membership at the Inverness Chamber, she said: “I really enjoy engaging with other members, especially through the wide range of events. Building my network and getting updates from businesses of what’s happening in the area allows us to develop relevant avenues of support. It’s a continuous learning journey.”

Rihannon shared with us her top-tip for making the most of chamber membership: “Network, network, network! The Chamber offers so many opportunities to make this very easy, whether it be from their database, events or their social media channels”.

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