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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Ofcom rates UK digital economy as “one of the strongest in the world”

The UK has one of the most developed digital economies in the world, a new report from Ofcom claims.
The communication industry watchdog’s International Communications Market Report (ICMR) 2014 found that the UK’s Internet economy is one of the healthiest in the world and is driven by record levels of online advertising, spending and entertainment consumption.
The UK has the highest e-commerce spending among major nations. Consumers spend around £2,000 each for goods per year (the next highest value market is Australia, with £1,356 per head).
Two-fifths (40 percent) of advertising spending in the UK is online – also more than any of other countries.
The UK also had the highest coverage of superfast broadband of Europe’s five leading economies. 
But the way we use the internet is changing. Social media use amongst British adults is now declining with a fall from 65 percent in September 2013 to 56 percent in October 2014. The report also saw drops in social media use in the USA, Japan and China  but the fall was not as steep as in the UK. Evidence points to consumers now turning to social media sites that don’t require an active network connection, such as instant messaging and online video sites.
The UK is also leading the way when it comes to embracing ‘smart’ media devices. Almost a quarter of UK consumers say they have a ‘smart’ TV, the highest in Europe, with the vast majority of sets connected to the Internet.
Download the report from the Ofcom website.
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