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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Success breaks through at G-Cloud

Government CIO, Andy Nelson has pronounced G-Cloud the “biggest single breakthrough” in public sector ICT.  G-Cloud and Cloudstore were set up earlier this year to facilitate the purchase of technology by government departments.  Speaking at the Cloud Computing World Forum, on Tuesday, Nelson informed the audience that Cloudstore had sold about £500,000 of services between February and April but he also pointed out that there was still some way to go with one of the biggest challenges being sustaining the momentum.  Integration across Whitehall was an a further issue, he said.

In order to make the service more attractive to government bodies and auppliers, a new version of G-Cloud was launched early last month. This, second, iteration enables the purchase of contracts with an extended length, up to 24 months in special circumstances. The value of contracts has also been increased to £100m. 

The government has been trying to encourage departments to adopt cloud services via G-Cloud, not just to save on spending, but in order to present them with all available options and facilitate access to SME’s as well as larger enterprises.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has said that G-cloud is expected to save the UK in the region of £340m over the coming years. On Tuesday, Nelson qualified this, saying that the savings are likely to be realised by 2015.


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