BUSINESS growth in the North West is benefiting from Manchester Metropolitan University's highly-successful KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) Scheme.
More and more firms are tapping into university expertise in engineering, food, bioscience, marketing, multimedia and a host of other disciplines for which the University is renowned.
So far in 2006, MMU has welcomed Halo Furnishings Ltd, Altrincham and Laser Rail Ltd, Matlock, onto knowledge transfer collaborations, bringing to more than 20 the number of partnerships in which MMU participates.
KTPs are financed by the Government Office for Science and Technology and place a ‘graduate researcher’ into a small or medium-sized company for up to three years.
Halo Furnishings Ltd will get a dedicated researcher to embed design management into the company’s thinking and processes, with expert support from academics in MMU’s design team – respected designers Dave Grimshaw from three-dimensional design and Shelley McNulty from interior design.
Halo’s clients include Global Interiors, Brays, After Noah, and major retailers like Harrods.
Laser Rail Ltd aims to use its researcher to embed railway vehicle dynamics expertise into the company, its products and services, enhancing quality and making them more attractive to the market place.
The Derbyshire firm which develops track and infrastructure management systems, such as ClearRoute, will be ably supported by MMU’s Rail Technology Unit, led by Dr Simon Iwnicki, an internationally-renowned expert in track dynamics and modelling.