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 Defence Security 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.

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UK chemical & pharmaceutical companies project positive outlook despite post-Brexit concerns

Despite weakening sales and exports in Q2 2016, chemical and pharmaceutical companies are continuing their positive outlook in the midst of significant post-Brexit concerns. The Chemical Industries Association second quarter member company business survey found that looking to the next twelve months 89% feel Research & Development investment will either remain the same or increase, 87% of businesses believe exports will either remain the same or increase, 80% feel sales will remain the same or increase. While some investment is expected to take a hit from Brexit uncertainty, three quarters of companies will maintain or increase capital investment expenditure, while 71% say that employment levels will remain the same or increase.

The survey, conducted after the UK vote to leave the European Union, also highlighted the worries of uncertainty over our future relationship with the Union and the exchange rate as some businesses reign in investment. On the continuing positive side, members felt there were opportunities for growth through expanded production capacity, new products coming on-line and other operational improvements. The lower value of sterling is also expected to boost exports, a vital driver of growth for the UK’s leading goods export sector, although as a consequence import costs will increase.

Steve Elliott Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association said “It is right we acknowledge that we are in uncertain times while the country exits the European Union, but our survey shows that there is still confidence that the UK can be a good place to do business. The products and technologies of our companies are vital enablers to the rest of manufacturing. I hope the views of our business leaders will further support the wish for all of manufacturing to invest in the UK and the Government will do all it can to make it even better for companies to invest here.”

 

Story source: Chemical Industries Association press release, 4 Aug 2016