A very good question! It took a lot of politics and committee meetings to make this happen - John Halton from the Engineering Technology Board (who is here) had a lot to do with working with business sponsors regarding this event so have a chat with him. From our perspective, we were keen to maintain the British Science Association's ethos and CREST Award celebrations as part of the event. We recognised the importance of making a large impact on government and ministers if we were going to ensure such an event would be supported going forwards (the event was at the QEII Exhibition centre conveniently close to where our minsters meet in London).
Happy to chat more.
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