Rail Forum East Midlands has joined forces with UKTI for a series of initiatives to support SMEs keen to succeed in new markets around the globe – capitalising on the region’s international reputation as a major centre of rail excellence.

Michelle Craven Faulkner, Vice Chair of RFEM said:

“The collaboration will enable RFEM to draw on UKTI’s wide ranging skills and experience to support our members as they seek to develop both new and existing export markets.”

As well as hosting a number of joint events; covering key issues related to exporting in the rail sector, RFEM has developed a dedicated exporting page in association with UKTI East Midlands. Here you will find regular updates, news and details of upcoming events.

To sign up for the next event, or exclusive RFEM member workshop, email sophia@midlandsrail.co.uk

UKTI are very pleased to be working with RFEM. Your rail contact is Catherine Appleby: Catherine.appleby@mobile.ukti.gov.uk mobile: 07825 344 587 – do get in touch with any queries.

Markets: Denmark, Germany, and Philippines

With a global network of colleagues supporting rail, it’s no surprise that there are lots of things coming up – here’s some of them:

1. BaneDanmark UK supplier day, 8 September – Copenhagen

2. Market Visit to Philippines including meetings with major transport projects, 13-15 September – Philippines

3. Innotrans, 20-23 September, Berlin – this event gets everyone’s attention – if you have target companies or target countries in mind – let us know. UKTI are here to help you with pre-event match-making!

Contact Catherine for more details.

Meet the Buyer

For those involved in rolling stock, make sure 6 October is in your diary for RVE, Derby. UKTI East Midlands and Midlands Engine are pleased to be running a Meet the Buyer – more details on this, which Buyers are coming and how register coming soon.


Two useful updates for you to help your bottom line:

1. UKTI East Midlands now has funding to support activities that may help you win business overseas – this could include a market visit. Get in touch with Catherine to chat through what you want to do.

2. UK Export Finance wants your international business to succeed, and have lots of products to make this happen including Export Insurance, Letter of Credit Guarantee and Working Capital schemes. Your East Midlands advisor is Tony Peterson.

Get ready for new markets

UKTI has a wealth of information to support your understanding of how to do business in new markets. With information on political, economic, human & business rights, bribery and corruption, terrorism and IP, it’s worth spending 10 minutes reviewing these up to date reports on Overseas Business Risk for markets you operate in or you want to operate in.

International Growth help for rail

If you are interested in growing internationally, or have queries about your existing international activity, please get in touch with Catherine for a 1:1 appointment.

Click here for an overview of exporting opportunities for UK businesses and the support on offer.

Metrolinx Regional Express Rail Opportunities Event to be held in London on 24 January 2017

Metrolinx, an agency of the province of Ontario, is launching the RER program to upgrade its commuter rail system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The Province of Ontario has committed to investing $21.3 billion to implement RER by 2025.  This includes infrastructure upgrades including track upgrades, bridge modifications, grade separations and rail electrification to core parts of the network as well as rolling stock and operator opportunities.

Infrastructure Ontario will use its P3 Alternative Financing and Procurement model to launch this program.

Presentations will be made by Metrolinx, and Infrastructure Ontario.

catherine appleby


International Trade Advisor, Transport Equipment Manufacturing, UK Trade & Investment East Midlands

UKTI new joiner Catherine Appleby is the new International Trade Advisor for the Rail sector covering the whole East midlands patch. Catherine comes from a rail inward investment and advanced engineering business support background and is keen to catch up with members of RFEM to support both first forays into exporting and to develop export growth opportunities for those more experienced firms. She will be out and about at various events, and meeting regional rail firms over the coming months.

For queries, please drop her line directly:

Catherine.appleby@mobile.ukti.gov.uk tel: 07825 344 587