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STEM expo hailed a success

11 February 2019

An expo focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been hailed a success.

Over 300 delegates and 50 exhibitors attended the STEM Expo, hosted and organised alongside Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) patron Millennium Point.

Representatives from energy, pharmaceutical, drone specialists, colleges, life science, forensic data, software development and diagnostic testing firms were all in attendance.

The event forms part of a wider partnership between the Chamber and Millennium Point to tackle a critical skills shortage in the STEM sector.

Earlier this year, Millennium Point funded 50 free Chamber start-up memberships for STEM businesses who have been trading for less than 12 months.

GBCC chief executive, Paul Faulkner, said: “It has been fantastic to work with Millennium Point on the STEM Expo – which was an informative and engaging event for both exhibitors and delegates.

“It was really important to organise this Expo, as the STEM sector is suffering from a shortage of skilled workers, costing the sector billions in recruitment, temporary staffing and extra training.

“The shortage and cost for these businesses impacts employers, society and the economy, and we have to be able to home-grow our own talent.

“Business has a critically important role to play, and I hope that more STEM focused events, like this Expo, can happen in the future.”

Pictured (l-r): Wendy Pugh, Impact Aerial, Alex Lamle, Intentional Business Hub, and Luke Simcock, Impact Aerial. 

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