Creating Impact through Innovation

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is Europe’s leading programme helping business to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. KTP is funded by Innovate UK with 12 other funding organisations.

With 94% of completed projects achieving or exceeding expectations between 2011 and 2016 and an £8 return for every £1 public money invested it is perhaps not surprising that the programme has enjoyed over 40-years of  history in the UK and has funded in excess of 10,000 projects in that time. 

What’s it like working as a KTP Associate?

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a KTP Associate?

Find out in this fantastic account given by our former Associate Agnieszka Bachleda-Baca who has recently completed her KTP project with arbnco and the University of Strathclyde.  

Spartan’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership for asset management, PROPHES

Read more about our exciting KTP project with Spartan Solutions Ltd in this blog from our Associate Max Ledlie.  Max highlights his role in the project and how the KTP scheme will be used to develop himself professionally.  A great read!

New Projects

AHK Energy Services Ltd

AHK Energy Services Ltd. is an inspection, analysis and consultancy service provider for the solid fuel sector. They are working with the University of Strathclyde to embed multidisciplinary capability in biochemistry, and environmental, energy and chemical engineering, to develop robust analytical methodology to support the creation of an index of risk of self-heating ability of biomass pellets for use within the biomass supply chain.

Anderson Bell Christie Architects

Anderson Bell Christie is an architecture practice, based in Glasgow, that provide services to the social housing, healthcare, education and community sectors.   They are working with the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde to develop and implement a data driven design process for Zero Carbon Neighbourhoods, creating a place-based community-oriented solution to deliver holistic zero carbon living within the social housing sector.



AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business whose medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. Their purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. The best way they can help patients is to be science-led and share this passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK. Their KTP is to acquire the capability of using Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis using either synchrotron X-rays or lab source technology to gain quantitative insight into the structure of amorphous materials, where the structural coherence extends over only a few nanometres, rendering conventional solid form monitoring techniques ineffective.

CPA Engineered Solutions

CPA Engineered Solutions have been providing total air solutions to a variety of businesses since 1992. From their heritage in industrial compressed air, they now offer other innovative air solutions to ensure they keep their clients business running, whether reducing energy transfer through open doors, improving indoor air quality or recovering energy lost to roof spaces, their innovative ideas and solutions are backed by measured data giving their clients complete trust in everything they do. Their KTP will embed expertise that will allow CPA to create software that interacts with sensors, allowing CPA to monitor hardware assets remotely. This will allow CPA to deliver 24 hour care and dignose faults, minimising disruption to their customer’s businesses.


Inspectahire.  Headquartered in Aberdeen and established over 35 years ago, Inspectahire have grown to become a diversified and highly flexible Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspections and testing business. As one of the UK’s leading inspection specialists, Inspectahire has worked on a diverse range of projects worldwide. From the legs of Oil & Gas platforms to the tips of wind turbines, via railway infrastructure and factory machinery, they have been called upon to undertake all types of inspections, in all environments – including harsh and hazardous areas. Their KTP will allow for the development of a portable fluid measuring device for use in the hazardous zoned area of bonded warehouses to enable owners to monitor cask contents whilst in situ, thus greatly reducing the risks and costs of moving casks from within racks and stores.

R&B Distillers Ltd

R&B Distillers Ltd, formed in 2014, are artisanal distillers of whisky and gin.  In 2017, they transformed Borodale House on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Raasay into a state-of-the-art distillery and hotel. They are working with the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde to embed capability in electrochemical engineering processes for energy storage and conversion, biomass energy, and clean fuel technologies, to develop a holistic energy plan for decarbonisation that can be retrofitted to their current distillery site, and implemented at future planned sites.

Sport Aberdeen

Sport Aberdeen, the largest sport and leisure provider in the north-east of Scotland, are working with Glasgow Caledonian University to develop the ProActive Minds programme: an innovative suite of activities and resources that promote mental and physical health in children and young people. The project will embed sport and exercise psychology knowledge and skills within the company and position it to expand the ProActive Minds programme nationally.

Target Healthcare

Target Healthcare Limited (THL) manufacture and supply a wide range of
pharmaceutical products, including generic, branded and unlicensed medicines. They are working with the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences to embed an understanding of formulation, characterisation, and analysis techniques, to develop platform capability, and enable creation of a robust framework for the assessment of shelf-life and stability of a range of aseptically prepared Monoclonal Antibodies (MABs) for patient use.

WB Alloys Welding Products Ltd

Founded in 1974, WB Alloys Welding Products Ltd is a welding  consumables manufacturer.  Their head office is in Glasgow, with other premises in Aberdeen, Tavistock, Stockton on Tees and the United Arab Emirates.  They are undertaking a KTP with the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde, to develop a product to monitor performance, compliance, condition and location of new and existing welding equipment, improving end user efficiency.

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