Rail Forum Midlands

Established 25 years ago, the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) represents some 180 businesses across the Midlands and beyond, collectively employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy. We are a not-for-profit organisation, owned and governed by our members with the sole purpose of supporting them to grow and thrive. Our members include infrastructure and rolling stock consultancies, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers. We work strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Delivery and Supply Groups (RDG/RSG) and our local LEPs as well as supporting our members through specific events.

Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) supports its varied network of member companies; enabling them to grow, export and innovate. The RFM is a not for profit organisation owned and governed by its members, with strong links to major rail clients, government and key stakeholders and a vast network of supply chain companies. Membership is open to all companies with an interest in the rail sector regardless of where in the UK you operate.

Paul Robinson- Chair, Rail Forum Midlands


RFM is far more than just a trade or networking organisation and we have four key strategic objectives through which we serve our members.

1. Sharing Information About Key Issues and Opportunities  

Keeping members up to date on key industry developments is really important in the busy world in which we live. This isn’t just about contract opportunities it’s also about the understanding the future direction of the industry, client expectations and issues such as corporate social responsibility, safety and workforce diversity.  

2. Providing a Collective Voice 

UK rail is a highly political industry with a significant amount of central and regional government involvement: from setting policy and infrastructure priorities to managing the franchise process and developing the rail supply chain. RFM maintains close relationships with key government departments on behalf of members meeting regularly with officials and politicians to ensure they understand the environment in which our businesses are operating and competing.

3. Showcasing the Capability of Members 

A key reason why many companies join RFM is to access our rail community to network and meet potential clients and collaborative partners. We facilitate this through a variety of events: from our high-profile conferences and receptions to smaller more social or ‘topic themed’ events. We regularly host VIP visits to the Midlands and we also provide opportunities for members to come together collaboratively to share space at major rail exhibitions. We have close links with other like-minded organisations both within and beyond rail. 

4. Supporting Delivery of a Rail Sector Deal 

Over the last few years we have worked closely with the Rail Supply Group and others putting in place regional actions to address the rail industry’s strategic priorities including skills development and growing exports. More recently we have been closely involved in the development work for a rail sector deal – with a clear view on how this might benefit our members. A Rail Sector Deal was launched in December 2018 and we are active partners in its delivery. 


Rail Forum Midlands

Date/Time Event
Nov 18, 2019
8:30am - 11:00am

Porterbrook Innovation Hub 2020 workshop: SME Growth through Collaboration

Dec 13, 2019
12:30pm - 5:00pm

Rail Forum Christmas Luncheon 2019
Pride Park Stadium, Derby

External events

Date/Time Event
Nov 19, 2019
All Day

NDI Meet the Buyer
Teesside University, Darlington

Nov 20, 2019
All Day

University of Derby Course: Art of Negotiation
The University of Derby, Derby

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Our Members

RFM 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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