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A furniture firm is incorporating the latest methods of product design into its business practices thanks to a research partnership with Teesside University.

Godfrey Syrett designs, manufactures and distributes furniture to clients in the education, public, leisure, defence and commercial sectors.

The Newcastle-based company is taking part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which has seen Teesside graduate Owen Wright work at the company as an Innovation Specialist assisted by academics from the University.

KTP is a world-leading programme part funded by Innovate UK that helps businesses succeed by connecting them to the UK's rich academic resources. It is a partnership between the business seeking expertise, a university and a recently qualified graduate – known as an Associate.
Owen’s role is to look at ways in which the company can improve its processes to make it more innovative and efficient.

Owen said: 'Sometimes just a small change to the way in which a design is approached or communicated can have a big impact.'

He is also investigating the future needs of its clients and also potential new markets for Godfrey Syrett’s range of furniture to ensure that the business is prepared to meet the challenges of the future.


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