Queen's and Bullivant scoop £10k
Queen's University and a Tandragee-based concrete company have been named as the UK's Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) at this year's national KTP Awards in London.
Queen's and Bullivant Taranto Ltd won £10,000 for their partnership which was formed to drive innovation in the construction products industry. Their collaboration aims to reduce energy costs and the environmental impact in the manufacture of pre-cast concrete.
KTPs enable companies to work with university staff to transfer knowledge, skills and expertise into their organisation. Queen's is currently the UK's leading university for KTPs, with 31 partnerships ongoing across the university, more than any other UK institution. Queen's KTP programmes are part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board and Invest Northern Ireland.
Dr Mary Flynn, head of KTP and business networks at Queen's, said: "This award is national recognition of the difference Queen's University makes to businesses every day. It is a fabulous acknowledgement of the work that goes into making a successful KTP. I would like to congratulate the team at Queen's and Bullivant on winning the top award."
Simon Bullivant, managing director of Bullivant Taranto, said: "We are delighted that our project won the Best Partnership category in what is a really prestigious awards event in the field of innovation. The partnership we've embarked on with Queen's University Belfast and Richard Morton has brought innovations to our sector which we are really proud of."
Also successful at the awards ceremony was Northern Ireland company, Seven Technologies, which won the 2013 award for Business Impact as a result of their KTP with Queen's.
Carol Keery of Invest NI said: "Northern Ireland businesses such as Bullivant Taranto are increasingly aware of the value of collaboration and the rewards it can bring. I congratulate Bullivant on its success and hope that many more Northern Ireland companies continue to take advantage of the benefits of KTP."