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Rail Forum East Midlands

Rail Forum East Midlands, formerly known as the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF), represents over 150 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy.

Formed in 1993 the DDRF was originally created to promote the area as a world class centre of rail excellence. Our members include infrastructure and rolling stock designers and consultancies, installers, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers to the industry. Today we work strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and our local LEPs as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

The Rail Forum brings together Midlands' rail businesses with national and regional government: Together we grow exports, encourage innovation and create skilled employees.

Paul Francis - Chair, Rail Forum East Midlands

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Our website contains a wealth of information about RFEM's activities and priorities together with information about our members. We are adding resources all the time so if you can't find what you need please speak to us and we will try to help.

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Latest News

Latest News

Accelerating Innovation in Rail 4 Launch
Mar23
Accelerating Innovation in Rail 4 Launch

DfT to invest a substantial sum to develop technology prototypes. Innovate UK are managing a collaborative research and

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Duty to report on payment practices and performance – new draft regulations published
Mar22
Duty to report on payment practices and performance – new draft regulations published

Recently, the Government published new draft regulations relating to the obligation that is to be imposed on large

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General Data Protection Regulations: “A game changer for everyone”
Mar22
General Data Protection Regulations: “A game changer for everyone”

The Information Commissioner has described it as a “game changer for everyone”. So it probably hasn’t escaped your

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Rail Forum East Midlands

Date/Time Event
Apr 4, 2017
8:00am - 12:00pm
TBAT & RFEM Rail Innovation Breakfast Sessions
TBAT Innovation, Castle Donington
Apr 20, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm
RFEM Apprentice and Entry Talent Summit with Employer Networking Buffet
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

External events

Date/Time Event
Mar 27, 2017
All Day
HS2 Ltd's Rolling Stock Industry Event
Apr 6, 2017
9:30am - 3:30pm
RSG SME Conference
Carriage Shop, Derby
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Our Members

RFEM represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world. Our region has an international reputation for excellence in rail engineering, design, manufacture and consultancy.

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