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.

Alba Facilities Services

Alba Facilities Services.  Around the clock, Alba operate, maintain, repair, install and replace mechanical and electrical systems and building fabric within commercial properties across Scotland and Northern England. They continually invest in the latest technology to provide our clients with the best Predictive Maintenance and Diagnostic technology available. Their project will improve productivity through the application of improved business processes and an innovative approach to people management, allowing AFS to deliver a 4-day week for employees.


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.

Coolside Limited

Coolside Limited, trading as Trtl, designs and sells a range of innovative travel pillows, flight socks and packing solutions to take the stress out of travel.  Their KTP with the University of Strathclyde is to embed capability in image and language recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and behavioural economics, to develop a platform that can proactively determine and address ongoing counterfeiting and unauthorised product distribution, protecting the brand, supporting other brands that use the platform, and altering incentives to influence counterfeiting activity.

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.


GlaxoSmithKline are a global business who make innovative vaccines and specialty medicines to prevent and treat disease. Their R&D focuses on the science of the immune system, human genetics and advanced technologies. Their KTP will deliver significant improvements in the speed and quality of pharmaceutical product manufacturing processes. This will be achieved through an embedded understanding of the impact of pressure on polymorphs in active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), which impacts product stability and biopharmaceutics, ultimately resulting in increased profitability, through savings.


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.

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.

The Weir Group PLC

The Weir Group PLC is an engineering company, dedicated to creating innovative engineering solutions that make their global customers more productive.  With the University of Strathclyde, their KTP will embed capability in Computational Fluid Dynamics coupled Discrete Element Modelling methods for complex flows in slurry transportation, to develop a tool for the design of new products, extending the life of existing equipment, and supporting the development, evaluation and implementation of new innovative technology for this sector.

Visibility Scotland

Visibility Scotland help and support anyone, of any age, living with a visual impairment across Scotland. Their aim is to help people with sigh loss to live independent and fulfilling lives. Their project is looking to embed a product development process and to develop affordable technology that enables early functional visual assessment and then provides visual rehabilitation/treatment for people that have experienced a neurological visual field loss. This will be complemented by an accredited rehabilitation training programme for allied health professionals.

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