LOCAL technical companies are being invited to take part in an exhibition aimed at sharing expertise, forming business partnerships and unearthing the next generation of science workers.

Malvern businesswoman Emma Philpott is running the technical exhibition at The Chase Technology College from 10am-1.30pm on Monday, February 21.

Dr Philpott runs her own company Key-IQ, which helps people to commercialise technology by assisting with business plans, market research and business links.

She explained: “Any technical company can register for a free stand. The primary aim is for the local companies to find out about each other, form partnerships and use each others expertise. Hopefully it will encourage more of a community among the technical companies.”

She continued: “Another aim of the day is to show sixth form science students the range of cool jobs available if they continue in science. Many of the companies exhibiting are keen to form greater links with the sixth form science students and will have exciting displays to show them.”

Sixth-formers are also invited to enter a scientific poster competition, which will be judged by business leaders and offers a first prize of £100 and two runners-up prizes of £50.

The exhibition will also be attended by universities and ‘Aim Higher’, an organisation that offers advice on handling the cost of higher education courses.

Full details about the event are available at www.key-iq.com.