Press Release

05 December 2013

A partnership formed to drive innovation in the charity sector has won a prestigious award at this year's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Awards 2013.

From left to right: Phil Smith (CEO CISCO UK and Ireland), Matthew Hancock MP (Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise), Stephen Bell (Director of Business Development, CXK Ltd), Chris Songhurst (Associate), Lynn Morris (Canterbury Christ Church University Business School), Iain Gray (Chief Executive Technology Strategy Board)
From left to right: Phil Smith (CEO CISCO UK and Ireland), Matthew Hancock MP (Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise), Stephen Bell (Director of Business Development, CXK Ltd.), Chris Songhurst (Associate), Lynn Morris (Canterbury Christ Church University Business School), Iain Gray (Chief Executive Technology Strategy Board)

The partnership was made up of Kent Children’s Fund Network, now CXK Ltd, a charity for young people base in Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and Christopher Songhurst - the associate who delivered the project. They collaborated to develop a training centre for young people which will deliver educational programmes through a ‘play and participate’ format. As a result the team has won the Research Council UK Societal Impact category at this year’s KTP Awards 2013.

The UK Awards, which are held annually, are run by the UK’s innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board to honour the best KTPs in the UK.

KTP is a UK-wide programme, organised by the Technology Strategy Board along with 12 other public sector partners. The programme offers the opportunity for three partners - a business, UK university or college partner, and a recently qualified graduate (associate) to work collaboratively to develop a business opportunity or innovative idea. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships allow ideas to be shared more easily between UK businesses and academic institutions.

The KTP Awards 2013 also saw KTPs commended in a number of other categories including: Engineering Excellence, Business Impact, and the Research Council UK Knowledge Base Impact category. The Business Leaders of Tomorrow category also recognised the individual talents and achievements of Associates who, while working on their KTP project, demonstrated the potential to become a future business leader.

Stephen Bell, Director of Business Development at CXK Ltd, said: “We are delighted that our project won in what is a really prestigious awards event in the field of innovation.

"The partnership we’ve embarked on with Canterbury Christ Church University and Christopher Songhurst has brought lots of innovations to not only our business but also to the sector as a whole which we are really proud of. The fact that we have won an award in the Research Council UK Societal Impact category is especially important to us. The KTP has enabled us, as a charity, to develop a commercialised business model that has been applied to improve outcomes for people as opposed to just profit. This is the type of forward thinking that is driving our charity forwards in helping more families in our community.

Lynn Morris, Human Resource Management Programme Director for The Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted that the partnership between Christ Church and Kent Children’s Fund Network (KCFN) has received this prestigious award. 

"We entered into the partnership with KCFN (now incorporated in CXK Ltd) to help facilitate the change from grant dependency to a sustainable business enterprise which generates revenue through commercial activities. The KTP was essentially about productising core activities, supporting the development of a commercial training centre and embedding effective business processes to enable the organisation to move forward in a strategic, coherent way”.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: “Once again we were inundated with entries for the KTP Awards 2013, which really do showcase the outstanding and innovative collaborations which have taken place right here in the UK. Having seen the excellent work of this KTP, we felt it only right that it was confirmed as a winner at this year’s Awards event. What’s more we hope to see many more excellent innovations developed by it in the near future.”

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock, who attended the KTP Awards 2013, said: “Knowledge Transfer Partnerships play a vital role in driving the UK’s economic growth. They build strong partnerships between businesses of all sizes and universities, making sure that our expert skills base can reach its full potential.

“The UK is home to some of the most innovative minds in the world, and these awards showcase the talent that is helping us to keep ahead in the global race."

To find out more about the KTP Awards 2013 or KTPs please visit:


Notes to Editor

  • The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led UK government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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