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NBIC - Case Study

The National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) is an IKC (Innovation Knowledge Centre) funded by BBSRC and Innovate UK. Commencing late 2016, Black Kite worked and supported the (University of Southampton and its university partners to submit a bid to establsh an IKC in Biofilms. Following the successful EoI and Full-stage submissions, NBIC was established in December 2017. Black Kite has continued to work with NBIC ever since.

Recently, as its phase 1 operations and funding were drawing to a close, NBIC commissioned Black Kite to conduct an economic review of its first five years of operation, 2017 - 2022. After analysing extensive NBIC data, we prepared and presented an eighty-page report plus a summary slide deck that highlights the amazing impact that NBIC has made, and continues to make. NBIC has achieved phase 2 funding to develop the IKC further for the next five years. The report has been published and publicised as below, and elsewhere.

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BAFTA - Case Study

In collaboration with leading archive institutions, companies and universities, BAFTA was heading up two complex, Innovate UK funded projects, Video Clarity and Revqual, at a combined value of circa £1.5m. Each project involved developing a suite of novel algorithms for the Film, TV and media industries. Both projects were under-performing due to repeated fluctuations across the project management team in more than one of the partner organisations. The projects were suffering from loss of business and organisational focus which resulted in risks to achieving the original objectives and of developing serious financial difficulties.

Black Kite was asked to take on project management for both projects. BAFTA's directors recognised that we have extensive knowledge of grant funding processes and are experts in managing technology projects.

Working directly with senior managers and the individual project teams, Black Kite successfully oversaw the completion of both projects. Our initial focus was to repair stakeholder and partner relationships and reset positive goals. We assessed and revised the finances, providing trusted spending forecasts. Liaising closely with Innovate UK, we achieved beneficial project changes. We updated and amended work plans, schedules and objectives thus enabling the project teams to deliver, and we assisted with the creation of credible Business Plans.

University of Oxford - Case Study

Black Kite were hired after a competitive tender process. On meeting representatives from the company, I was impressed with their technical ability and grasp of the scientific and engineering goals of the project. During the project they kept in regular touch, keeping me fully aware of progress.

The final report and presentation contained a detailed technical overview of similar, worldwide devices and a thorough comparison with my own instrument. The technical background of Black Kite staff allowed them to make quite specific (and consequently very helpful) recommendations to be competitive in price and performance, and which markets to focus on.

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