Rail Forum Midlands

Established 25 years ago, the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) represents over 160 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 to the industry. We work strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Delivery and Supply Groups (RDG/RSG) and our local LEPs as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

Rail Forum Midlands brings together rail businesses with national and regional government supporting them to grow, export, innovate and create skilled employment. We provide unrivalled networking opportunities, encouraging collaboration across the regional supply chain and beyond.

Paul Francis - 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. Facilitating Development 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 initial development work for a rail sector deal – with a clear view on how this might benefit our members.  


Rail Forum Midlands

Date/Time Event
Jan 24, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Mental Wealth Café
The Derby Conference Centre, Derby

Mar 20, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Rail Forum Midlands Annual Parliamentary Reception 2019
House of Commons, London

External events

Date/Time Event
Jan 8, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm

RIA's Unlocking Innovation Seminar - Data in rail
UKRRIN Centre of Excellence for Signalling, Birmingham University Birmingham

Jan 28, 2019
All Day

RSG SME Conference

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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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