Welcome

Rail Forum Midlands

Established 25 years ago, the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) represents 200 rail supply businesses across the Midlands and further, 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. 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

ABOUT RFM

RFM is more than just a trade or networking organisation – 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 such a busy environment. We are interested in sharing information about contract opportunities, the 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 social or topical events.

We regularly host VIP visits to the Midlands and also provide opportunities for members to meet buyers and collaborate to share space at major rail exhibitions. We have close links with other like-minded organisations both within and without rail. 

4. Supporting Delivery of a Rail Sector Deal 

Over the last few years we have been working closely with the Rail Supply Group and other organisations to establish regional actions that address the rail sector’s strategic priorities including skills development and growing exports.

We are closely involved in developing the rail sector deal with a clear view about how this should benefit our members.  A Rail Sector Deal was launched in December 2018 and we are very active in its delivery of growing SMEs and developing skills. 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Rail Forum Midlands

Date/Time Event
Jan 9, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm

Scale New Heights: Barriers to Growth Workshop
National Training Academy for Rail, Kings Heath Northampton

Jan 23, 2020
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Mental Wealth Cafe 2 - One Year On
NCATI, Birmingham

External events

Date/Time Event
Jan 15, 2020
9:30am - 4:00pm

Customer Experience Strategy
University of Derby Enterprise Centre, Derby

Jan 21, 2020
9:30am - 5:00pm

Rail Innovation exhibition - Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) event
133 Houndsditch, London

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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.

Member Directory