June and July has seen NEF working closely with partners in the SWRDA on Knowledge Transfer and Innovation.
In July NEF’s Liz Ogilvie visited Duchy College to see first hand the Agri- Food KTEN formed by Duchy and Hartpury Colleges, and to attend a Agri-Food KTEN workshop.
The Workshop brought together some key partners from Hartpury and Duchy Colleges, South West RDA, Cornwall Agri -food Council Development Team, Gloucestershire Food Vision and Business Link. As part of the workshop Hartpury presented the initial findings of the some research carried out as part of the KTEN. In addition, the research presented is currently undergoing peer review for potential publication in a leading research journal.
Duchy College are leading the way in FE by developing a Food Innovation Service which is attracting some key Food Manufacturers in the area, as well as, helping some of the new and growing small niche food manufacturers to progress and improve their performance. The workshop demonstrated clearly the growing influence of the KTEN network.