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9 June 2009

Grant funding to support PLASA Members' business development ideas

PLASA has established a partnership arrangement with London South Bank University to provide grant support to its members working across the UK. Businesses with an innovative idea for a new product or service who are committed to moving their companies forward can receive support and financial assistance from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme (KTP), widely regarded as the most successful grant-funding initiative in the UK today.

Funded largely by the government, the aim of the KTP scheme is to exploit research, development and expertise to help organisations develop and grow in new business sectors.

The KTP programme is an excellent opportunity for the lighting and sound industry, and the scheme has a strong track record of KTPs in our sector. Projects range from designing pioneering new products and techniques for the mitigation of noise exposure to classical musicians, to developing a measurement system to deliver new world class speech intelligibility systems in underground environments.

Whilst PLASA’s initial partnership arrangement is with the Centre for Knowledge Transfer at London South Bank University (LSBU), the scheme applies to members across the UK and PLASA and LSBU will work with all members to ensure they are put in touch with their local KTP Centre.

LSBU is the leading University in London for delivering successful, profitable KTP projects, and compete in the top 5 UK wide. The organisation currently has over 30 KTP projects running in and around London which are improving company efficiency, whilst simultaneously developing new products, or systems for businesses.

For further information on the scheme contact Ruth Rossington at PLASA on +44 (0)1323 524125 or e-mail feedback@plasa.org.

www.ktp-lsbu.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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