University Funding Success Supports New Partnerships with Sussex Businesses

A Mid Sussex business is one of three Sussex businesses that will be given help to innovate and grow thanks to new partnerships with the University of Brighton, supported by UK government funding.

The £476,453 of funding secured by the University from Innovate UK will support the delivery of three new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects. KTPs bring together universities, qualified graduates and businesses to deliver tailor-made research and development projects focusing on tackling business challenges, embedding new knowledge and enabling sustainable growth.

Local Mid Sussex business Consort Frozen Foods, a frozen food and ice cream specialist based in Burgess Hill, will work with academics from the School of Business and Law to embed management knowledge and tools to critically analyse business performance and identify and exploit opportunities to diversify sales into new markets, eliminate seasonality issues and improve overall profitability.

Simon Renton, from Consort Frozen Foods, said: "Harnessing the university's RISE project as a stepping stone, this full-fledged KTP endeavour, underpinned by academic research and fresh graduate insight, paints an exciting trajectory for our expansion."

Iberian Lighting, a bespoke lighting manufacturing company specialising in craftsmanship and design and with an eco-conscious approach, based in St Leonards on Sea, will work with academics from the university's School of Business and Law, recently accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), to improve overall business profitability, productivity, and performance, enabling a business-wide digital transformation and embedding strategic branding capabilities to enter new markets.

Academics from the School of Sport and Health Sciences and the School of Business and Law will work with Guild Care, a Worthing based social care charity, to develop a new framework to assess the social impact of adult social care interventions, informing service design and to attract investment in new innovative approaches.

With partnerships ranging from twelve months to three years, KTP projects not only bridge expertise gaps but also embed transformative knowledge, systems, and methodologies.

The university has delivered 280 KTP projects to date, with 90% exceeding their objectives, earning them A grades, as acknowledged by Innovate UK.

Liz Johnson, KTP Manager at the University of Brighton, said: "KTPs are a prime example of effective innovation and collaboration between businesses and universities. Our projects with Guild Care, Iberian and Consort Frozen Foods will draw on wide-ranging academic expertise to deliver real-world innovation, addressing complex business challenges head-on."

To learn more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), visit www.brighton.ac.uk/ 
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