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


How we support our members:

  • Involvement in inward and outward trade missions
  • Providing unrivalled networking opportunities
  • Exhibiting at trade exhibitions
  • Facilitating topical workshops and seminars
  • Providing a collective voice for the area in promoting the area’s rail industry to a global market

RFEM has dedicated local support from our City and County Councils, the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2), UK Trade & Investment and other industry groups.

This support helps our members locate and access new markets and promote international expansion. It also helps bring new organisations to the region, to continue the growth and reputation of the region’s rail industry.

Membership to RFEM is not restricted to technology and manufacturing companies. Finance, legal and other support organisations are also members.

RFEM has a number of strategic priorities and activities which are aligned with the Rail Supply Group and demonstrate the rail industry’s commitment to creating the Midlands Engine for Growth.


Rail Forum East Midlands

Date/Time Event
Jan 23, 2018
9:00am - 2:00pm

Bombardier Rolling Stock Supply Chain Workshop
Pride Park Stadium, Derby East Midlands

Feb 2, 2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Know your Buyer: Make that Sale Workshop (RFEM & DIT)
Lonsdale House, Derby East Midlands

External events

Date/Time Event
Jan 29, 2018 - Jan 30, 2018
All Day

Rail Outward Mission to Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan

Jan 31, 2018
8:00am - 1:00pm

University of Derby & ERDF Catalysing Growth for Transport Equipment Manufacturing Event
Rolls Royce Heritage Centre, Derby

See our member directory

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.

Member Directory