Day 1 yesterday of the UWS Innovation and Research Office video project designed to promote our  Business 2 Business knowledge exchange strategy.

Through their “Open For Business” campaign, the  IRO at University of the West Of Scotland have created a one stop shop for large and small businesses to take advantage of the leading edge academic skills which they  can provide, and I’m   producing an inhouse video to tell the story. You can phone IRO at 0141 848 3400

The video is a  collaboration between professional media  Director  Michael Hines, Director of Photography John S Caldwell,   and the University Of The West Of Scotland.

Yesterday the team  visited the Scottish Leather Group, which is the largest manufacturer of Leather goods in the UK employing 580 workers in the West of Scotland, and interviewed James Lang, the group’s marketing director who explained the process from the company’s point of view.

James Lang and the Production Team at the Scottish Leather Group HQ

UWS and the SLG have formed a research/business partnership where the university’s research expertise is matched up with the strategic needs of the company. In this way, business and education mesh together in what are challenging times for both.

UWS Business Development director Brian Cross then recorded a piece to camera at our new Ayr Campus where he went over the entire one stop process whereby business big and small can contact UWS to ask for advice and information on how they can benefit from our expertise and research capabilities. He explained that the IRO exists to facilitate connections, both for University staff and for outside enquirers, and to offer prompt, informed advice on all aspects of the University’s research, consultancy and commercial activity, ensuring that enquiries are targeted to the appropriate department, unit or individual with the minimum of delay.

Next week,  the production team, which  includes designer Irene Blair, will   visit Gio Bennedetti at his Wishaw plant where we will hear the story of how UWS collaborated with him in developing his  new “Actiflo”device . The completed video should be ready by September.

Michael Hines with Brian Cross and Julie Thomson of UWS

If you have any queries about how the UWS  Innovation and Research Office might benefit your business, contact Brian and the team at:

Tel: +44 (0)141  848 3400
Email: iro@uws.ac.uk