At Dunsters Farm, we’re committed to innovation and improvement – always striving to enhance the experience for our customers. As such, three years ago we embarked on a collaborative journey through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Manchester Metropolitan University.
Hear from our Commercial Director Tom Mathew, on what the project has brought to our business;
Why did we choose to work with KTP?
“Myself, and Hannah are passionate about continuous improvement, and having a growth mindset is reflected in our approach as a business. So, when I discovered Manchester Metropolitan’s KTP it really appealed to us, aligning well with our values whilst bringing a wealth of knowledge in the business transformation landscape.”
What were our hopes for the collaboration?
“The main aim of our collaboration was to bring ‘new thinking’ to our business and help make it more efficient, sustainable and resilient for the long-term. The KTP brought a fresh set of eyes and an abundance of academic knowledge and research – invaluable to an SME like ours.”
What developments have been the focus of KTP since the programme began?
“We’ve worked on a host of projects as part of our KTP, including Carbon Reduction and Net Zero planning, exploring solar & biofuel advancements, and looking at efficiencies in our warehouse. Our work on the KTP has enabled us to leverage cutting-edge research & expertise and implement transformative digital solutions – that we’re already seeing the benefits of.”
What would you say to other businesses considering the KTP?
“In a world that is always evolving, it is crucial for small businesses like ours to stay ahead of the curve. At Dunsters Farm, we recognise the importance of embracing technology to help create efficiencies, and better serve our customers.”
“It’s been a great partnership so far, and one which I’d recommend to other small businesses in the region. It brings together the creativity & wisdom of academia & translates into a practical tool that you can leverage in your business.”
KTP Manager at MMU, Ceri Carr said of the collaboration;
“I first met Tom and Hannah back in July 2020 who shared their inspiring story of how they had rapidly adapted their business to cope with the immense turmoil caused by the pandemic – this adaption was the genesis for their Management KTP.
“It is fantastic to hear about the impact the KTP funding, and support from Manchester Met academics, is having on their business. Helping them meet the emerging technology, skills and environmental challenges as their business continues to grow.”
Check out Manchester Metropolitan’s video below, to learn more about our partnership and how your business can get involved…