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  • KTP Case Study

    The Client

    ATG Access are an international security firm, manufacturing and installing security vehicle barriers for traffic management, access control and anti-terrorist protection.

    The Project

    The client had been reluctant to invest in marketing, branding and ecommerce. They needed to embed e-commerce capabilities within the company so that it could achieve growth in budget markets where costs and efficiencies had become increasingly significant factors. They contacted MMU about the KTP scheme.

    The results

    1. Business growth of 72%, with sales revenues up from £11m to £19m, ATG has now become one of the world’s leading suppliers of high security bollards and barriers.
    2. Reduced administration costs
    3. Streamlined purchasing processes for small items
    4. Improved overall customer experience
    5. The e-shopping site achieved break-even inside the first three months – highly unusual for e-commerce sites, which rarely recover investments within the first two years
    6. Increased web traffic by over 22% search rankings were improved
    7. 222% increase in sales leads generated from trade exhibitions – and better lead conversion rates
  • KTP Case Study

    The Client

    The Village Bakery Ltd. Small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in Wrexham, Wales. Family-owned bakery producing a wide range of savoury pastries and ‘morning goods’ via shops, wholesale business and national retailers.

    The Project

    The client recognised that to maintain a competitive edge within the dynamic food market, it had to keep evolving. They needed to develop a new range of gluten-free products, so approached Manchester Metropolitan University about a KTP because of its expertise in food technology.

    The results

    1. Facilitated move into a profitable niche market, achieving sales of £6m, £2m NPT, 52% market share and exports of £360k (within 2 years).
    2. Established new accredited bakery, with 46 skilled jobs created.
    3. Decreased waste levels (16% to 0.07%) and reduced customer complaints by 80%.
    4. Accessed university facilities and expertise to develop products.
    5. Developed technical skills and expertise, eg. functionality of food ingredients.
    6. Raised company profile and enhanced reputation, enabling further business developments with major retailers.

    See The Village Bakery Story

  • KTP Case Study

    The Client

    Wulvern Housing is the largest housing association in South Cheshire, providing homes and services for over 11,000 customers. Housing Associations are non-profit and provide affordable homes for people in need.

    The Project

    The core aim of the project was to reduce void properties and rent losses and to improve the quality of the housing stock, through rigorous monitoring and evaluation. MMU Cheshire worked closely with Wulvern Housing to address key strategic and developmental areas within the housing sector.

    The results

    1. Developed the WINS tool, Wulvern Indicators of Neighbourhood Sustainability. A sophisticated diagnostic sustainability tool used to:
      1. enhance core operations
      2. focus actions and investments in construction
      3. repair and modernise to improve demand
      4. improve customer satisfaction and neighbourhood improvement.
    2. Improved data capture and analysis, steering future investments in planning, housing developments and maintenance, and further supporting neighbourhood regeneration and wider green issues for future investments.
  • KTP Case Study

    The Client

    Heat Trace Limited is a global company and UK manufacturer of self-regulated heating cables, servicing industries with anything from chemical pipelines and tanks to under-floor heating and frost protection.

    The Project

    Heat Tracing, Trace Heating or Surface Heating is the method of heating and/or maintaining temperatures in pipelines, tanks, vessels and pipeline equipment. When the client started to look to develop alternative products based on low-temperature self-regulating technology, it turned to MMU for help.

    The results

    1. Developed and expanded product range
    2. Capacity to enter new markets
    3. New technically qualified employee
    4. Access to full academic knowledge on polymer research and composite structures

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a long-standing, government-funded scheme that enables businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. The programme involves your organisation and Manchester Metropolitan University joining forces to address a specific challenge.

A KTP places a jointly selected high quality graduate, supported by a leading academic expert for between 6 months and 3 years, to work on a specific project that will significantly and permanently improve your business performance. Projects focus on strategic business solutions to generate new products, develop markets, improve operating processes and systems or increase sustainability.

How will a KTP improve my business?

Business performance outputs vary considerably from case to case across the UK, given the rich variety of the projects. Average benefits achieved by a single KTP include:

  • An increase of over £220,000 in annual profits before tax
  • The creation of two genuine new jobs
  • An increase in skills of existing staff Source

By participating in a KTP you can:

  • Access highly qualified people to spearhead new projects
  • Access experts who can help take your business forward
  • Develop innovative solutions to help your business grow
  • Develop your business for today’s market

How do I get involved in a KTP?

Contact us on 0161 247 2186 or email conversation@mmu.ac.uk.