The waiting is over! Today the Finalists of all six categories of the KTP Best of the Best Awards are revealed.

The spotlight can now shine brightly on some of the significant positive impacts that KTP is bringing to organisations, universities and graduates throughout the UK. In every sector of the UK economy, KTP is touching and transforming lives, pushing new boundaries, extending economic, societal and environmental benefits. And that’s definitely something to celebrate!

Although we are only listing the finalists today, each and every nomination in the KTP Best of the Best Awards – and this year there were more than ever – is an acknowledged success, having achieved an A or B Grading. We congratulate you all for the extraordinary contribution you have made to delivering positive change.

“Congratulations to all of our finalists for the 2020 KTP Best of the Best Awards. I am so excited to showcase to the world, through our event on the 9th September, the outstanding achievements of these partnerships, delivering such impressive business innovation, success and impact against societal challenges” commented Gerry Black, Senior KTA at KTN.

Below is a list of all our finalists with links to more information which you can also find on the Awards page here. You can download the Press Release here. And, prepare to immerse yourself in our Virtual Awards ceremony on 9 September where the winners will be announced. You can register here. 

In the meantime, we honour the finalists for their exceptional achievements in the following categories:


Project: Specialist in Infection Prevention Technology and a leading supplier of antimicrobial wet and dry wipes (at least one of its products is used in every NHS hospital) looks to expand capability and develop new products to include claim for virucidal and tuberculocidal efficacy 

Project: Using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to transform company from traditional standpipe manufacturer into provider of Smart standpipe technology for improved water management by water companies

Project: Green military machine? This collaboration has accelerated electric propulsion, helping make military equipment more environmentally sustainable and opening up opportunities in other sectors (marine, rail, HGVs, and aerospace). 


Project: Transforming production control and quality consistency of traditional cracker manufacturer, Rakusen’s, using Industry 4 technologies

Project: Using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to transform company from traditional standpipe manufacturer into provider of Smart standpipe technology for improved water management by water companies

Project: created a bespoke mathematical model capable of designing masonry support façade systems delivering predicted deflections within 0.1mm with 98% confidence. The Partnership believes this is ground breaking work, and has created the most sophisticated model of this nature in existence for the design of masonry support systems


Project: Subsea engineering cabling specialist diversifying to other sectors

Project: This claims handler for insurance companies including Allianz, Direct Line and Legal & General has used positive “digital disruption” (CAD and 3D printing) to revolutionise jewellery insurance claims – “printing an heirloom / reprinting the irreplaceable”

Project: Transforming new product development NPD, using architectural design and digital fabrication (steel products/door-frames etc) 


Project Creating a new approach for the Youth Justice system in Greater Manchester, aimed at preventing offending, tackling reoffending and improving life chances

Project: Design and development of an impact resistant interface system (IRIS) for neonatal ambulance trolley to reduce brain injury during transportation

Project: Development of Wellbeing Identification and Support Platform (WISP) – creating immersive, digital tools to help people dealing with impacts of trauma (eg disturbing online images)

Project: Creating an evolutionary augmented reality app to help children with asthma use their inhalers correctly

MOST EFFECTIVE INITIATIVE FROM A KTP OFFICE TEAM,  supported by Praxis Auril and inspired by David Woollard

Aston UniversityAn initiative to work with an industry club to grow interest in and exposure to KTP

North of Scotland KTP Centre An initiative to diversify its KTP project portfolio into the Life Sciences Sector.

FUTURE INNOVATOR supported by Ashorne Hill

We will be profiling each of these remarkable KTP Associates over the next few weeks. Keep checking back to the site for updates.

Project: Creating an innovative Hydro Separator and optimisation techniques to develop sustainable drainage systems to mitigate flood risk

Project: Develop materials science and surface engineering for Anilox technology in the flexographic print industry

Project: To activate Mersen’s material for use in flow batteries leading to enhanced energy storage capability and improved renewable energy management.

Project: Creating a Building Additive Manufacturing (BAM) capability which ‘prints’ a complete building structure – reduces build cost and time; contributes to net zero

Project: Development of a new class of ionic liquid which is more environmentally friendly and with applications in sectors beyond the original scope 

Project: Building the commercial resilience of this large social enterprise

Project: To develop intelligent, IP connected and highly sensitive laser scanner and security products with corresponding mobile phone application

Project: To embed a scientifically informed design process to streamline and optimise electric trials bike design for adult market 

Project: Developing New Product Development strategies for design of novel products in the rail electrification sector.

Project: To implement model-based and machine learning methods and tools which transform spreadsheets in to cognitive models

Project: To develop and embed an intelligent data driven fraud prevention and detection service to support insurance claim handling utilising ML

Project: To develop online training for GPs and other medical staff that is available 24/7 to support CPD and provide alternative/supplement to F2F training

Project: To develop innovative processes to transform the generation and maturation of fully human antibodies for rapid clinical development. 

Project: Supporting the application of advanced analytics and machine learning to inform development of the next generation of mobile power platforms.

Project:  To investigate the application of liposome formulations to improve the efficacy of drugs delivered via Lonza’s liquid-filled capsules.

Project: Developing better formulation for silicone composite to extend market for consumer “fixing” brand, Sugru 

Project: To create and adopt a B2C marketing strategy for a B2B business, launching a new product in to the consumer market

Project: Embed advanced data analytics and visualisation to inform strategy and business performance for these support centres for people with disabilities.

Keep up to date with Awards News by following us on twitter @ktnuk_ktp, #KTP Awards

And save the date for our Awards Ceremony where Winners of the 2020 Awards will be announced: 4pm on Wednesday  9 September. Registration to attend the event is now live here.

Congratulations to all our Finalists!

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