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Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project

Middlesex University & Social Firms UK

 This Knowledge Transfer Partnership brought together the expertise within the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University with Social Firms UK (SFUK), the umbrella organisation representing and supporting the social firms sector in the UK. Social firms are market-led enterprises set up specifically to create good quality jobs for people disadvantaged in the labour market.

The broad aim of this project was to investigate the characteristics and needs of social firms in the UK and to develop dedicated tools enabling SFUK to better understand, support, strengthen and grow the sector.

During this KTP project, the following outputs were produced:

  • Background research on the social firm sector;
  • The online toolkit "InfoMine" – designed to help individual social firms (as well as other users interested in the social firm model) to identify their information needs and get direct access to resources and support;
  • Online and Social Media Strategy for SFUK;
  • Recommendations on sector mapping, development of InfoMine and enhancement of SFUK effectiveness;

A project report summarising the outputs and outcomes of the project: Empowering Social Firms. KTP Project Report.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a business support product run and managed on behalf of the government, funding organisations by the Technology Strategy Board, a non-departmental public body. A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a relationship formed between a company (including social enterprises) and an academic institution (Knowledge Base Partner), which facilitates the transfer of knowledge, technology and skills. Each partnership employs one or more recently qualified people (known as Associates) to work in the company on a project of strategic importance, whilst also being supervised by the Knowledge Base Partner.

Research Team led by Alessio D'Angelo

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