This Award recognises how KTP collaboration can transform the commercial outlook and performance of companies. Accessing academic knowledge to deepen expertise, companies are able to expand their commercial capabilities and exploit market opportunities.  

All nominations in the KTP Best of the Best Awards have had to fulfil tough criteria to qualify for entry, requiring a top grading to be eligible. As such, all of the nominations in this and four other categories of the Awards can consider themselves to be outstanding collaborations.

Join us at our Virtual Awards ceremony, brought to you with Immerse UK and Laval Virtual to discover more about KTP and to find out who wins on 9 Sept, 4-5pm (no headsets required – avatars essential!). Free to attend and open to all, you can register here.

Business Impact Award:


3D printing of heirloom jewellery for insurance claims

Company SBS Insurance

University of Birmingham City University

KTP Associate Jade Watts 

Funding Innovate UK

According to SBS Insurance – which handles insurance claims on behalf of more than 23 insurance companies including household names like Allianz, Direct Line, Legal & General and Lloyds Bank – claim handling for the jewellery sector has not seen much change in years and is characterised by claims being dealt with slowly, little innovation in the claims process, and poor customer satisfaction. 

Revolutionising jewellery insurance claims SBS Insurance is now able to facilitate highly sophisticated 3D printing, using precious metals to create replicas of irreplaceable stolen jewellery. The KTP collaboration increased turnover for the company by £4M and represents a significant digital progression for the industry. More here. 


A fresh approach to New Product Development yields transformative results

Company Martec
KTP Associate Keith Milne
Funding Innovate UK

Specialists in construction engineering, Martec has a strong reputation in delivering passive fire safety and Architectural Metalwork contracts.

Entering a KTP with the University of Edinburgh the company was looking to create its next generation of products, and embed new knowledge and technology within the business. Recruiting a KTP Associate with a background in Architecture the KTP has transformed the company’s New Product Development – creating a new range of products – and expanded its customer base, both in geography and sector and with dramatically positive financial results.

Exports growth thanks to Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Company: Viper Innovations

University: University of West of England

KTP Associate: Kim Mohoney

Viper Innovations needed the expertise to exploit the potential of its new CableGuardian™ technology which uses spread-spectrum time-domain reflectometry (SSTDR) to monitor, predict and identify the location of faults along with subsea cables for the oil and gas industry. 

The KTP identified and initiated opportunities across new markets, including rail, airports, power and communications. As a result, the financial impact has been impressive, with over 50% growth in turnover since the KTP was initiated with much of the increase derived from export income. More here

Join us to celebrate the success of these and all other finalists in the six categories of the KTP Best of the Best Awards 2020 and find out who the winners are at our immersive, online event on Wednesday 9 September, 4-5 pm. Register here. 

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