Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (mKTP) funding awarded to Conveyor Networks/Manchester Metropolitan University, to enable streamlined growth and development for automation/software specialist.

Conveyor Networks Ltd, a high tech automation and software specialist, has been awarded funding through Innovate UK for a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (mKTP) with Manchester Metropolitan University

Introduced last year by the UK government department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through Innovate UK, mKTPs complement the long-running and highly successful KTP programme, which links forward-looking businesses with academic teams in UK universities to deliver innovation projects. The mKTP programme works in the same way, connecting companies with UK Business Schools to help fulfil high level strategic management ambitions. The first waves of mKTPs have now been awarded, all aiming to expand business capability, increase productivity and enable lasting change and growth. 

KTP Programme Manager at Innovate UK, Richard Lamb, commented:

Management KTPs are an exciting new way for businesses to access the expertise within the UKs business schools and introduce new ways of working.  They can help a business explore strategic and structural change and learn how to embed this new knowledge into their business so that they can continue to grow, even after the mKTP project has finished.”

Through this mKTP Conveyor Networks plans to further support the strategic development of complementary software product portfolios alongside the high tech automation and software solutions it has been providing for over 10 years. In response to increasing customer demand for more standardised software products, sister company, imio Software Solutions, was formed in 2018. With added expertise from the team at Manchester Metropolitan University via the mKTP, Conveyor Networks aims to accelerate integration of the subtly different requirements of a “software as a service” approach.

Conveyor Networks Managing Director, David Carroll, added:

“Conveyor Networks is a solution provider. We felt that having some expert knowledge at hand to help with the transition to a more standardised product approach would be of benefit. We immediately felt comfortable with the academics and support on offer from Manchester Metropolitan University via the mKTP programme.

Some of the solutions provided by Conveyor Networks are designed to bring Industry 4.0 technologies to life. They can turn the acquisition of data into useful knowledge. Solutions like scanR and carryR presented through the user friendly dashboard dashR integrate with legacy management and control systems which, together with API’s to leading carrier platforms, can provide an opportunity for greater visibility and efficiency with fast deployment and quick ROI. With broader exposure to the latest management thinking via this mKTP we will be able to deepen our expertise in delivering these solutions.”

Knowledge Transfer Adviser, Mick Card, said: It’s fantastic to see a forward looking, high growth company leverage expertise from an internationally acclaimed business school to accelerate scale-up and impact of complementary business activities.

Manchester Metropolitan was identified as a leading University which not only provided local expertise but a very relevant track record in successful delivery of KTP projects. Conveyor Networks will benefit from a full time KTP associate and academic support from Profs Paul Smith and Peter Naude along with Dr. Zenon Michaelides.

Manchester Metropolitan University academics will support with identifying relevant frameworks and models to assist in delivering the objectives of the project and adapting those tools and techniques to the specific environment of the business. 

Professor Paul Smith said: “Our academic team has strength in the academic domain supporting strategic transformation and market development and depth of industry and consulting experience. We look forward to working closely together with Conveyor Networks on this project and seeing the outputs of this partnership.”

Just as with KTPs, companies wishing to participate in a mKTP need to apply for funding and meet tough quality criteria through the application process. That this application was successful is testimony to the quality of the project proposal and presents an exciting, all-round opportunity for all of the partners involved – another requirement of the KTP and mKTP programmes.

Interested in finding out more about mKTP? Visit the dedicated page on our website here.



About Conveyor Networks:

Daresbury-based Conveyor Networks is a technology systems integrator and solutions provider founded in 2009. Working from concept to completion it offers retail and eCommerce businesses of all sizes, best-in-class high tech warehouse automation and software solutions. It provides modular warehouse software, through sister company imio Software Solutions.,  

About imio Software Solutions:

imio Software Solutions is a UK-based software business specialising in warehousing and fulfilment. Originally developed to complement the automation solutions offered by Conveyor Networks Limited, the imio software suite covers all aspects of warehouse management. Its modular software integrates seamlessly with legacy systems, offering great usability and real time warehouse communication. The smart warehouse solutions also reduce errors, increasing productivity and efficiency of the warehouse. 


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