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 Electronics, Sensors, Photonics 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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Hoovering up Talent !

Great to see an announcement from James Dyson that he is continuing his aim to be one of the most creative and innovative companies in the UK - if not the industrialised world.

New finance has been secured to help his company to finance expansion plans in the UK and abroad. It is interesting to see that finance has been raised from a number of banks and also from American investors, some of which is to be used to employ a further 350 engineers to work in R&D at the Dyson Wiltshire laboratories.

The company has shown recent good turnover figures - although profits are slightly down and is embarking on an aggressive expansion, reliant on bringing new technologies and products to market.

There is some concern however that Dyson have found it difficult to recruit the number of engineers that it wants, raising fears as always of a skills shortage in the UK .

In recent years companies have had difficulty in recruiting students into engineering courses especially engineering design and some universities have been scaling down their engineering courses, or filling them more with foreign students who frequently qualify and then go back to their home country.

This really heightens two issues that have been of concern to ESP related industry sectors for some time:

Is their enough money being made available for company growth and expansion ?

Are their enough qualified people within the UK economy to feed that growth and expansion ?

I worry that the answer to both these questions currently is "no". If this is the case then it will be increasingly difficult to feed the growth required to pull us out of the current economic crisis and also to remain one of the largest economies in the world.   

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