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 sustainability 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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BS 8001 draft for public comment available - BS 8001 - a new standard for the Circular Economy

The move to a ‘circular economy’ has been identified as a significant opportunity for business. It will contribute towards a resource efficient and low-carbon economy, reducing costs and supply chain risks, while generating economic and social value. BS 8001 will enable organisations to take action practical action to realise these benefits.

BS 8001 is believed to be a world first and is different to many other standards developed by BSI. It is a ‘guide’ framework standard not a specification standard such as a management system standard, or a product specification, which provide requirements for meeting the standard.

As a ‘guide’, BS 8001 gives guidance to organisations of all types and sizes, wherever they may be in the world, on the steps they can take to transition to a more sustainable and circular mode of operation.

Have your say on the new standard
The draft of BS 8001 will be made available for public consultation between 7 November 2016 and 15 January 2017 at https://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/59265  with final publication due in summer 2017.

Click her to download a fyer for further information.

Full details on the new programme can be found at www.bsigroup.com/CircularEconomy

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