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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP)

Driving business growth through effective management expertise.

What is a Management KTP?

Management KTP (MKTP) is a programme part-funded by Innovate UK, designed to inject significant management expertise into companies in order to expand business capability, increase efficiency and enable lasting change and growth.

Like Classic KTPs, MKTPs link businesses with an expert academic team and a qualified graduate to collaborate and deliver a strategic project to bring about change, embed knowledge and deliver growth. Collaboration is key to the success of KTPs which have transformed over 12,000 organisations big and small and across every sector in the UK.

MKTPs aim to deliver transformational productivity improvement, identifying key, strategic management-based projects to increase business effectiveness.

Projects can be between 12-36 months, with 24 months being usual. Any size company can apply, but SMEs are particularly encouraged.

Live MKTP Projects:

Used Kitchen Exchange Ltd

The company

Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) sells approved pre-owned and ex-display kitchens, making premium quality kitchens available to everyone. Since its establishment in 2015, the company has experienced exponential growth. By introducing the concept of buying and selling pre-owned kitchens, Used Kitchen Exchange is able to reduce the environmental impact of the industry and has saved 13,200 tonnes of carbon owing to the 2,200 kitchens repurposed to date. As a result of these efforts, the company has been approved for the prestigious international Bcorp certification – something only granted to businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental purpose.

The plan

Used Kitchen Exchange is looking to boost annual sales from £4million to £50 million by 2025 and increase the carbon savings driven by the business from 4,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes.  By working in partnership with LJMU’s Faculty of Business & Law, a strategy is being developed for UKE to capitalise on the boom in new home furnishing markets while also creating best practice for sustainable business growth. This MKTP was awarded a £120,000 government grant to support expansion and further develop sustainable business practices.

The MKTP Partnership Team

Professor Claire Hannibal, Professor of Operational Management at Liverpool Business School, and Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Helen Lord, founder of Used Kitchen Exchange, says:

“We’re thrilled to have been selected for the MKTP grant and equally delighted at the prospect of partnering with one of our local universities to reach our ambitious expansion goals.        

“Through growth in awareness and business expansion, we are going to normalise the sale and purchase of pre-owned kitchens. It’s a major opportunity because only 3% of kitchens are currently re-purposed. The benefits are enormous – it will bring cost effective kitchens to the marketplace, while driving massive environmental savings.  It’s a win-win for everyone. Let’s change the way we think about kitchens!”

Read more about this project from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership

The Associate

Fortune Nwaiwu

Recruited to run the project as the MKTP Associate is Fortune Nwaiwu, a digital transformation professional, who is currently completing his PhD in Management and Economics.

Project starts/ends

30 April 2021 - 30 April 2022

Anwyl Construction Company Ltd

The company

Part of Anwyl Group, Anwyl Construction Company Ltd is a house builder based in North Wales and a third-generation family-owned and managed business. They were winners of the fastest growing established business in Wales in 2019.

The Plan

This MKTP project focuses on a re-defining of the business model and transforming operations to build a resilient and sustainable company; one that can capitalise on growth opportunities and exploit new markets.

The MKTP Partnership Team

Dr Matthew Tucker and Prof. David Bryde along with a team of subject specialists.

The Associate

To be announced.

Project starts/ends

Start date TBC.

Duration: 24 months.

FCE Projects Ltd

The company

FCE Projects is a leading contractor with a specific focus to provide civil engineering services to the electricity supply industry for their power networks. FCE Projects aims to achieve high standards of service for all their clients, and continuous improvement and innovation across all aspects of their operations.

The plan

The MKTP will enable the company to achieve a step-change in their business model, leadership, and operations, enabling sustainable growth and enhanced organisational resilience.

The MKTP Partnership Team

Dr Natalie Marguet and Prof. David Bryde along with a team of subject specialists.

The Associate

To be announced.

Project starts/ends

Start date TBC.

Duration: 24 months.

Cobalt Housing

The company

Cobalt Housing is a registered housing association based in North Liverpool. Cobalt aims to "provide quality places to live" and "play our part in developing thriving communities where people are proud to live and can be their best”. Cobalt seeks to be a "sector leading community-based housing provider, creating value for stakeholders and wider community, establishing business sustainability and nationally recognised brand identity."

The plan

Healthy Homes - Healthy Tenant - Healthy Community:

By developing innovative management, engagement and new partnership models this MKTP will help deliver community centric housing, growing community economy, regeneration, cohesion, and resident well-being and prosperity.

The MKTP Partnership Team

This is a cross-faculty project led Dr Lisa Newson in Psychology, with Dr Ioannis Kostopoulos and Dr Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs in Liverpool Business School, alongside Dr Badr Abdullah and Dr Ian Jarman in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

The Associate

Currently recruiting.

Project starts/ends

Start date TBC.

Duration: 24 months.

Who could benefit from an MKTP?

  • Growth-oriented SMEs, eager to build and execute their ambitious management strategy by introducing better management practices.
  • Businesses seeking significant productivity gains, recognising that good management and leadership can help deliver this.
  • Organisations looking to up-skill their people and make step-change improvements in productivity by deploying industry-leading practices and innovation processes.

Which business activities do MKTPs cover?

  • MKTPs support strategic management projects across core activities of the business, with the aim to transform company culture and processes.
  • MKTPs cover a wide range of leadership and management skills with areas such as change management, marketing, IT, company structure, succession planning, finance, logistics, organisation, resource planning and strategic thinking.

LJMU’s approach:

  • Academic teams translate current best practice and cutting-edge research into the business.
  • Liverpool Business School has devised a unique framework approach to MKTPs, covering a wide range of areas we believe businesses will benefit from to increase effectiveness and productivity.
  • We create a series of work packages for each project, each run by subject specialists in order to share their expertise. These include market positioning, scale-up and culture for growth, operationalising the vision, and developing best practice for transformative productivity improvement.

How much does an MKTP cost?

  • KTPs are part-funded by Innovate UK at a rate of 67% funding for SMEs and 50% funding for large companies. For an SME, the annual cost of an MKTP is approximately £29k p.a, depending on individual costings.

How to apply for an MKTP: