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.

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

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Launch of Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants

Launch of Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants

The aim of the Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants scheme is to support high growth businesses planning to create new jobs.

A Capital grant of £15,000 - £100,000 is available covering up to 40% of project costs.

Assistance is available to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) located within the Coast to Capital Region. (West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Lewes, Croydon, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate & Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge.)

Applications from all sectors are welcome but the programme particularly would like to see applications from companies in the following sectors, which have been identified as key sectors for the Coast to Capital region:

  - Advanced Engineering.
  - Manufacturing.
  - Environmental Technologies, Goods and Services.
  - Creative, Digital and IT.
  - Healthcare, Medical Technology and Life Sciences.

The proposed new activity must be additional to existing business activity. Businesses must be able to incur the total project costs in full by 31 March 2017.

Businesses must demonstrate how the grant will lead to new jobs and meet the minimum cost per job figure of £10,000. For every £10,000 provided as a grant the provider would expect at least one full time job (30+ hours per week) to be created.

Applicants must be planning at least one of the following:

  - To introduce new goods or services or other innovations.
  - To exploit leading edge and emerging technology.
  - To break into new markets, both in the UK and overseas.

Below lists capital expenditure items that may be eligible for grant funding:

  - Machinery.
  - ICT Equipment and Infrastructure.
  - Building works- refurbishment and remodelling.
  - Business Vehicles.
  - Furniture and Fittings and storage equipment.
  - Tools and other essential equipment.
  - Plant and essential building services.
  - One-off security equipment.
  - Commercial catering equipment and plant.
  - Retail fittings and point of sale equipment.

Only capital items are eligible for expenditure for this grant programme. Applicants wishing to apply for activities related to Research, Development and Innovation, for example software development, development of new products and prototype development and testing (this list is not exhaustive) should note that these types of projects are likely to involve substantial expenditure that is unable to be classed as capital expenditure and will need to be considered on a case by case basis to gain clarity and agreement on eligibility. Therefore applicants for this type of project should engage in discussions with the Growth Grants management team as soon as possible.

The Expression of Interest deadline is 30 September 2016 or until the amount of funding available is awarded.

Find out more here