Small Businesses & Management KTPs: Working Together to Transform your SME

by | Jul 16, 2020

Date – From July 23, 2020 to September 23, 2020
Start Time – 02:00 pm
End Time – 03:00 pm
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Venue – Online Webinar Session

From marketing to HR, find out how you can work with our research teams at Manchester Met University Business School to grow your SME.


​​About This Event

£25 million funding is available for Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects focusing on business management.

Join us and Fiona Nightingale from the Knowledge Transfer Network as we explore the scheme, its objectives, how it works, and how you can apply to work with researchers at our Business School.

Our research teams work with small to medium-sized businesses across the region

We work with businesses to explore solutions to problems, provide research to help drive companies forward, and develop new products that respond to challenges in the marketplace.

These problems could be technical, commercial or strategic, from increasing profits to improving operations.

It might be that a business doesn’t have access to technical resources or specialist equipment for scientific analysis. Perhaps, a business owner has read about a process in an overseas market and is keen to see if it could boost their revenue.

Could an mKTP help to transform your small business?

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way partnership between a university, a business, and a graduate.

Lasting between 12 months and three years, the costs for a KTP are shared by Innovate UK (who contribute 50 – 67% of the cost via a grant to the Business School) and the business.

An mKTP drives strategic change within a business, typically over one – two years. The areas covered within an mKTP range from accounting to marketing, HR to business operations and business psychology. As with a KTP, the costs are shared by the business and Innovate UK.

Examples of mKTPs:

  • A product-focused company moving to offering services
  • A company currently supplying the public sector moving into new markets in the private sectors
  • A software company with a niche product moving to generalised service for multi sectors
  • A UK company looking to expand and develop an international structure
  • An organisational restructure to support a businesses’ scale-up/diversification

You can read a case study of one of our mKTPs here.


  • Fiona Nightingale

Over the last 25 years, Fiona Nightingale has worked with hundreds of companies (from micro to large) across many sectors in her role as a Knowledge Transfer Adviser with the KTP Scheme.

Fiona heads up a team of five Knowledge Transfer Advisers that support the North West of England, and is personally nominated to work with Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester in particular. She has helped these universities become two of the most active participants in KTPs in the UK.

  • Dr Iain Reid

Dr Iain Reid is a Reader in Operations Management with industrial experience in manufacturing engineering, and the professional service firms, specifically legal operations, specialising in operational agility.

Iain’s research is focused around Operational Agility, Industry 4.0, Knowledge Transfer and Innovations such as Legal-Tech in Legal/Professional Service Firms.

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The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is a consortium of North West based partners set up to deliver business growth activities across priority sectors from 2016-2023.

With a £3.85m investment of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) matched by investment by the three partner Institutions, this innovative programme brings together three key business support providers across Cheshire and Warrington to offer businesses access to a variety of services.

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