AN EXHIBITION dedicated to science, tech, engineering and innovation in business is due to go ahead this year being held up by the coronavirus crisis.

Preparations for the Business Innovation South Expo are under way, with the Hilton Ageas Bowl lined ups the venue for the new date of Wednesday, September 15.

Organiser Lara Bull said: “The expo is aimed at providing an affordable showcase for companies in STEM and innovation and their aligned service providers across the south and for our visitors the aim is to create a forum for decision makers and procurement execs to see the latest technology, products and services available to help drive their business forward.

“We have everything in place to make this much anticipated event a safe and successful catalyst, both for our exhibitors looking to re-energise and showcase themselves and our visitors looking for the latest solutions and inspiration to help drive their businesses.

“We have everyone from Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Business Hampshire to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce committed to taking a place in our Member Hub.

“In the current climate, it’s important for businesses to be aware of the support that is available and they see #BISExpo2021 as the perfect platform to reach as wide an audience as possible.”

Business Hampshire, the business growth and investment team of Hampshire County Council, supports business by providing information about funding and support and providing advice. Solent LEP has announced measures including a Coronavirus Support Hub and a Brexit Transition and Overseas Trade Hub. The Federation of Small Businesses campaigns for the interests of the nation’s small firms.

Ross McNally, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber, said: “Companies working in STEM make a massive contribution to our regional economy through employment, wealth creation, innovation, knowledge and skills. #BISExpo2021 will give them and their supply chain partners an ideal, fascinating opportunity to discuss and share latest thinking and developments. Given the challenges we face, the more we can work together as a region and a business community, the better.”

Lara Bull said: “All these organisations have had a vital role to play for businesses during the pandemic and that is why we remain committed to hosting the Member Hub at BIS Expo 2021. Visitors can get advice and guidance from all these organisations under one roof when they come along on September 15.”

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