Yet again the end of the year has crept up on us and it feels like a surprise that it is already the holiday season.
We hope that all our innovation community have a relaxing and enjoyable break and are able to come back to our work environments recharged with enthusiasm in January.
2022 has been interesting for SSC.
We have enjoyed being back in person for meetings and events, and realised just how we missed that aspect, especially for our courses in Dundee and Oulu. The world has adapted well to on-line interactions, but it doesn’t give the full picture and we are working hard at including improvements for hybrid living into the course materials, so we all improve our communication skills no matter what the situation.
We have enjoyed seeing success for our grant applicants – especially EcoCascade who have managed to get enough start-up funding for equipment and staffing to be operational in time for the Spring harvest of seaweed. The world of grant funding for innovation is becoming even more competitive and the support of “soft money” funding even more important in the growth story of companies providing an extra opportunity for due diligence into the idea and business concepts at early stages. It’s definitely worth the pain of the paperwork to achieve the benefits of the success.
It has also been inspirational to work with many emerging technologies and seeing so many embrace the climate emergency and provide sustainable development solutions to some of the biggest technical challenges we face.
As ever we are grateful for the excellent variety of the projects that our clients have brought to us and look forward to extending those relationships and making new ones in the year to come.
Cait, Tony, Emily, Andrew ja Ansku