TTP Group plc –
The East of England: An exclusive interview with
A dynamic technology cluster;
Access to globally valued research;
Dr Chas Sims TTP Group plc
G A highly experienced skills base;
G Potential for strong market growth; The Technology Partnership plc, part of TTP Group plc,
G A well-established supply chain;
G A lower-cost base for European operations is one of Europe’s leading independent technology and product
within easy reach of London, the rest of the development companies, working in partnership with clients
UK and the Continent.
to bring new products to market and create new business
from advances in technology.
One of the founders, Dr Chas Sims, shares news of the latest
developments and explains why the company sees Open
Technology as a key stepping stone to the UK becoming the
‘Open Technology is central to our business model. It is a delivery
house which people can tap into and TTP plays a unique part in
this process, giving out ideas and technology to create products.
Open Technology works because it enables people to gain access
to the world of technology, feel secure that its use in their
business area is restricted and so they can be assured of a good
return. It means that the risks and rewards are shared.
Business support funded by the
East of England Development Agency
TTP Group plc –
Speeding innovations to market
‘If we are seriously committed to the UK becoming the Innovation (OMIS) from UK Trade & Investment. This service has proved
Nation, we need more UK Thought Leadership to spread the particularly useful in opening doors for us in Japan and the US
word. I firmly believe this is the way forward; not all companies where we had successful meetings resulting in projects moving
are vertically integrated and can afford to own everything. forward. We are also keen to give lectures or papers in support
or chair panel sessions at conferences.
‘We believe strongly in helping new technology businesses
to get off the ground. That’s why we incubate companies with ‘Essentially we see our partnership as a two-way promotion.
a consultancy approach, investing in new technology areas and In turn EEI can help us lobby the Government about its
building up capability. TTP is also a Carbon Trust incubator, investment policy for technology. Lord Mervyn Davies recently
a scheme set up by the Government to provide early-stage came to us on his first ministerial visit to the region.
support for breakthrough ideas from Cleantech companies
which may be eligible for funding of up to £70K. ‘TTP has had a hugely successful 22 years which could not have
been achieved without the commitment of our highly skilled and
talented team of staff. The business is 90% employee-owned
‘At TTP, our aim is to exploit change, creating
which means everyone has a share in its continuing success
value for clients across the world by identifying as we go forward.’
opportunities that can be satisfied by new
There is plenty of success to share: the company’s latest figures
technology. We deliver novel thinking and show a record year for growth and turnover, with profit before
practical solutions through our hands-on teams tax up 67% on the previous year.
of engineers, scientists and business
development specialists who work at our
purpose-built laboratory and pre-production KEY FACTS
manufacturing facilities in Melbourn, G TTP Group plc employs 300 people at its Hertfordshire
near Cambridge. headquarters and also has offices in Beijing and the US. It
comprises The Technology Partnership as its core business,
‘We have a broad sectoral base. TTP and TTP LabTech are TTP LabTech, a supplier of instrumentation and custom
prominent in the healthcare sector, providing products for drug automation to the pharmaceutical sector, Tonejet which
delivery, drug discovery, medtech, veterinary, screening and produces revolutionary new digital printing technology for
instrumentation for pharma companies. Our work in consumer industrial applications and TTP Venture Managers which
products includes sophisticated digital mobile communication raises funds and invests in other businesses outside TTP.
devices such as “Wayve”, a new family communication medium
to help consumers keep connected, the result of a unique G TTP’s breadth of expertise covers consumer and industrial
partnership with Microsoft Research’s socio-digital research products, communications, medical products, digital
group. We also have an impressive portfolio of ground-breaking printing, micro devices, optics and vision systems.
technologies for the industrial market.
G The company enjoys excellent relationships with the
‘There is no doubt that our greatest USP is our technology base; University of Cambridge including the Institute for
we have a deep knowledge of the current advances in technology. Manufacturing, Centre for Business Research and Judge
This, combined with an understanding of the commercial Business School. Its proximity to Cambridge, with its global
implications of exploitation for a business, and our engineering, reputation as a technology cluster, is important, as are good
scientific and project-management skills to develop and deliver rail links to London and easy access to London Stansted and
projects, sets us apart. London Heathrow Airports for international connections.
TTP Group is also a Cambridge Network Founder.
‘For a long time we have worked closely with East of England
International (EEI), participating in outward missions, attending G TTP Group owns Melbourn Science Park, 17 acres of
exhibitions such as Supercomm in 2005 and Globalcomm in offices, labs and pre-production manufacturing facilities
2006, hosting incoming missions to the region two or three which are occupied by its own businesses and also let out
times a year and using the Overseas Market Introduction Service to start-up technology companies on flexible rental terms.
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