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With established links to thousands of world-class leading experts, Interface finds and introduces companies to the perfect academic partner.

Key Stats, August 2020

Now in its sixteenth year of operating, Interface’s success story is reflected in the following:

  • 5316 business-led expertise searches sent to academic partners
  • Facilitated 3280 business-academic discussions
  • 2397 collaborative business-academic projects initiated
  • 97% of businesses said that their project would either not have happened or taken longer without support from Interface
  • 92% of expertise searches identified capability and capacity within partner universities, research institutes and colleges for consideration by the companies
  • 83% of businesses recorded reduced operating costs, increased productivity, profits, export, turnover and new or safeguarded employment 
  • 71% of first-time company/university collaborations involved companies seeking expertise in a discipline different to their own business sector

Businesses supported by Interface add an estimated £64.2 million GVA into the economy each year through new services, processes or products, or efficiencies leading to cost savings.

  • 79% of enquiries presented to Scottish universities / research institutions are from Scottish SMEs
  • 8% of enquiries presented to Scottish universities / research institutions are from larger Scottish companies
  • 13% of enquiries presented to Scottish universities / research institutions are from the rest of the UK & International organisations

Interface supports all sizes of SMEs to undertake projects with Universities / Research Institutes:

  • 17% of companies supported by Interface are start-ups (based on 1 employee)
  • 22% of companies supported by Interface are micro companies (less than 10 employees)
  • 56% of companies supported by Interface are small companies (less than 50 employees)
  • 5% of companies supported by Interface are medium sized companies (less than 250 employees)