Rail Forum East Midlands

Arena Rail Expo

Marketing Derby will be exhibiting at the 2019 Rolling Stock Networking Expo and Conference at Bondholder Derby Arena next week.


Held on Thursday 11th July, the event will provide a major networking platform for suppliers and customers in the rail industry.

Visitors will have the chance to meet over 130 exhibitors, including an international contingent from the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Italy.

Also at the event will be companies including Bondholder Rail Forum Midlands and Bombardier Hitachi HS2 along with Vivarail, and CAF. Equipment suppliers include LPA Group, FISA, Westermo, Depot Rail and Garrandale. Innovators and engineering companies will also be strongly represented ensuring that the show offers both the dependable services and the exciting innovations needed to transform the passenger and freight industry.

The event is complemented by the Railbusinessdaily.com conference where an impressive array of eight industry leading speakers will deliver engaging presentations sharing their knowledge, experience and innovative working practices during a series of sessions throughout the day.

Marketing Derby will be at the show to increase profile amongst businesses in the rail industry that are either based in Derby or looking to invest in the city, and is keen to meet with attendees on the day- please visit us at stand A10.

The event is free to attend, and those interested can register here - https://www.rsnevents.co.uk/register/

Derby hosting major 'Meet the Buyer' event

Today members of Marketing Derby will be representing Midlands Engine and joining Bondholder Rail Forum Midlands at a major Rail Vehicles and Enhancements (RVE) Expo, the only UK show specifically focused on Rail Vehicles and Enhancements.

The show will be held at Bondholder Derby Arena and encompasses an Exhibition, a Conference and a Meet the Buyer Event and will draw in international exhibitors, buyers and a broad range of visitors.

Bondholder Bombardier will be joined by 11 other major companies including Alstom, Angel Trains, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi, Knorr Bremse, Porterbrook, Siemens, Talgo and TfL. They will arrive in Derby to meet existing and potential suppliers in a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event co-ordinated by Rail Forum Midlands on behalf of RVE Expo owners Modern Railways.

Elaine Clark, Rail Forum General Manager, said: “We are delighted with the response from both buyers and suppliers with 83% of supply chain companies that applied securing at least one appointment. This means over 90 suppliers have the opportunity to pitch their products or services to one or more potential clients during the day. The RVE Expo is a specialist rail vehicle exhibition and the level of interest from OEMs and clients demonstrates that the Midlands and Derby is seen as an ideal location for this popular and growing event”.

Katie Delve, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby said, "Throughout the year we collaborate with other partners across the Midlands and DIT to promote the strengths of the region's rail sector and upcoming investment opportunities."

We're delighted to represent this partnership on our home turf here in Derby, home to Europe's largest rail cluster."

New Board Member for Rail Forum

Barry Aldridge, Marketing Manager from Bondholder Tidyco, has been elected onto the Board of Directors of fellow Bondholder Rail Forum East Midlands.

The Rail Forum East Midlands works strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and local LEPs, as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

Barry said; “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors for Rail Forum East Midlands and am looking forward to supporting the group in driving positive change within the rail industry. There is a great deal of activity within the East Midlands regarding Government initiatives for industrial growth and I am excited to be a part of it.”

RFEM Professional Services Showcase

Bondholder Rail Forum East Midlands are hosting a Professional Services Showcase event at Connect Derby's iHub.

The event will be a small exhibition, showcasing the offerings of RFEM's professional service members with experts across the rail, logistics and transport sectors, on hand to offer their advice. 

This event will provide the opportunity for you to:

  •  learn what funding opportunities, grants and loans, might be available for your business (including the rail specific Rail Supply Growth Fund);
  • find out what financial advisory services are available for business owners looking to grow and/or sell their businesses;
  •  understand more about how to manage and protect your intellectual property and register any patents or trademarks;
  •  learn about the latest trends in ‘big data’. All businesses are generating more and more data – but is it useful information and is your business making the most of it?
  • talk to people who can help with staff recruitment and retention.

For more information, please click here.

Rail Minister Welcomes New Academy

The new Rail Employment and Skills Academy — which brings together Bondholders Derby College and the Rail Forum East Midlands — has been welcomed by Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP.

Based at Derby College, the Rail Employment and Skills Academy will be able to draw upon the expertise of world beating local rail businesses across a range of disciplines including construction, engineering, finance as well as support services.

Paul Maynard MP, who attended the recent Rail Forum East Midlands annual conference, said: "The UK rail industry has all the ingredients to be a world leader and our investment in the Midlands Engine puts the region right at the heart of that potential growth and prosperity."

April Hayhurst, Deputy Principal for Employer and Economic Affairs at Derby College, said: "Bringing together rail employers and Derby College will enable us to develop the skilled workforce that companies require to grow their business and ensure young people recognise the opportunities available to them in this industry."

The rail industry in and around Derby employs some 25,000 people and contributes over £2.5bn to the regional economy. With record levels of government investment in Britain's railways, the new Rail Academy will help develop a diverse and highly-skilled workforce; enabling businesses across the East Midlands to win new rail orders both at home and abroad.