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 ICT 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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£40m loan fund to support small firms’ growth (UK)

The Enterprise Ventures’ SME Loan Fund was launched in late 2015 and provides loans to established and growing SMEs in all sectors and across all areas of the UK, with a particular focus in the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage business growth. For example, a business may require additional working capital to fund expansion, cover the cost of fulfilling a new contract or buying stock. Alternatively the scheme can provide finance to acquire a new property or to improve existing premises. It can also help with an investment in new plant, machinery, a new IT system or other assets.

The programme has an overall budget of £40 million, invested by Santander and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Individual loans of between £150,000 and £1 million are available. Typically loans cover a period of up to five years and are tailored to the applicant’s specific business requirements.

These loans can often address a funding gap where banks and other lenders are unable to provide the full requirement.

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) operating in all sectors and at all stages of development in the UK may apply. The business must have current or anticipated operating profit of £100,000 and a minimum turnover of £1 million a year.

Applications are welcome at any time. 

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