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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Digital Creative to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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A few reflections on the recent launch of the Creative Industries Strategy & Funding Programme at BAFTA

On the afternoon of September 18 at BAFTA, the CI KTN hosted one of the most significant events of the year in terms of government policy and support for the creative industries.

The launch of the Creative Industries Strategy and associated funding competitions marks a strong commitment to the UK’s creative industries, recognising the economic importance of the sector and its potential for innovation. This was encapsulated by Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, who introduced the event by emphasizing the growth opportunities for small creative businesses.


Technology Strategy Board CEO, Iain Gray, gets proceedings underway. Photograph: Nick Cunard/Photoshelter

Over the course of the afternoon, keynote speakers and panellists from leading businesses such as The Imaginarium, Industrial Light and Magic, Rebellion and Illumina gave their perspective on the major innovation challenges and their future visions for digital media and entertainment. The event also highlighted the importance of joined-up policy, with Kate O’Connor, Deputy Director of Creative Skillset, describing how support for business-led research and development is being linked to investment in skills and training.


Creative Industries KTN Director, Frank Boyd, sums up some of the opportunties and challenges identified by the Cross-Platform Production Panel around developing content and services in a convergent digital landscape. Photograph: Nick Cunard/Photoshelter

Well over two hundred people attended what was a standing-room only event, and remained until late during the networking reception that followed. Alongside major businesses and senior industry figures, there were a large number of start-ups, young creative businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as academics and policy makers, helping to ensure that the Strategy was already making good on its ambition to encourage collaboration, innovation and business development.

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