KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Member in the Spotlight: MusicTank – a business development network for the UK music industry

This guest post is submitted by Jenny Tyler, Projects and Marketing Officer, MusicTank.



Launched in 2003, MusicTank is one of University of Westminster's sector-based Knowledge and Business Development Networks - a unique, non-profit information hub for UK music business.


Now celebrating its tenth year, MusicTank has consolidated is hard-won reputation for informed debate, objective analysis and industry engagement, with activities ranging from seminar and conference delivery through to forward-thinking report publishing, training and consultancy. 


We are a keenly sought delivery partner for a diverse range of organisations including The Prince’s Trust, Youth Music, CIDA, NIMIC, South Birmingham College, In The City, Music Works, Gramophone Awards, The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, Midem, Paddington Development Trust, Welsh Music Foundation, Generator and Jazz Services.


MusicTank prides itself on high-level industry engagement, with a recent focus on ticketing, streaming, the live music industry, viral music campaigns and the energy consumption of digital music and enjoys an international profile in 36+ countries.


We have engaged with 400+ key personnel spanning music business, policy, regulation and wider industry, with speakers include Tony Wadsworth (former EMI Chairman); Tom Robinson (Broadcaster [BBC 6 Music] and Songwriter); Andy Burnham MP (Secretary of State, DCMS); Nile Rogers (Music Producer – Madonna, Chic, David Bowie & Diana Ross); Terry McBride (Nettwerk Group – Dido, Sarah Machlan, Stereophics); Martin Goldschmidt (MD, Cooking Vinyl); Andrew Keen (Author and feature writer);  Martin Mills (MD, Beggars); Feargal Sharkey (former CEO, UK Music); John Whittingdale MP (DCMS Select Committee Chairman); Charles Arthur (Columnist); Martin Campbell (Ofcom); Roger Wright (Controller, BBC Radio 3 & Director, BBC Proms); Lewis Carnie (Head of Programmes BBC Radio 2); George Ergatoudis (Head of Programmes, BBC Radio 1); Steve Savoca (Head of Content, Spotify); Phil Ramone (Record Producer – Sinatra, Streisand); Lord Chris Smith  (former Culture Secretary) and many, many more…


Our content-rich website – musictank.co.uk – hosts a wealth of industry news, features and reports.  Our low-cost membership for individuals is complemented with corporate and education membership packages providing free access to the entire site, including renowned MusicTank reports and its extensive event archive comprising transcripts, podcasts and video.  Our monthly newsletter is free and only requires an email address to subscribe.


MusicTank regularly features in a range of business and consumer media - from Billboard, MusicWeek, the FT and The Guardian, through to Marketing Week, The Mail on Sunday, Sky News, CNN, Newsnight & BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC News Online.


A sought after collaborator and research partner, MusicTank is currently in the early stages of a number of funded research projects with Nesta, AHRC and the private sector, with an anticipated launch of a new report scheduled for May 2013 at The Great Escape conference and festival, Brighton.


To celebrate our tenth anniversary, MusicTank is launching a new initiative called 10 @ 10.  Over the next 10 months, we are commissioning a series of 10 short essays from free-thinkers and experts-in-their-field that will tackle some of the perennial issues faced by the music business and ask them the $64,000 question: what does the future hold?



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