Rail Forum East Midlands has joined forces with the Department for International Trade for a series of initiatives to support SMEs keen to succeed in new markets around the globe – capitalising on the region’s international reputation as a major centre of rail excellence.

Michelle Craven Faulkner, Vice Chair of RFEM said:

“The collaboration will enable RFEM to draw on DIT’s wide ranging skills and experience to support our members as they seek to develop both new and existing export markets.”

As well as hosting a number of joint events; covering key issues related to exporting in the rail sector, RFEM has developed a dedicated exporting page in association with DIT East Midlands. Here you will find regular updates, news and details of upcoming events.

To sign up for the next event, or exclusive RFEM member workshop, email sophia@midlandsrail.co.uk

DIT are very pleased to be working with RFEM. Your rail contact is Catherine Appleby: Catherine.appleby@mobile.ukti.gov.uk mobile: 07825 344 587 – do get in touch with any queries.

2017 so far…

This year has started with a range of activity.  DIT hosted Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to London’s Canada House to a packed audience.  The presentations were very informative indeed and if you aren’t aware of this huge project in Toronto, perhaps its time you were.  I can share the presentations on the day, but the base line here is that the scale of the project means they really need everyone’s input…including yours.  They have a “teaming” approach, and are proactively connecting international companies with local Canadian firms to support with the capability and capacity issues a project of this size leverages.   We expect to hear a lot more over the coming months but do get in touch if you are interested.

The DIT Swiss Rail day on 1st March brought SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) and Stadler to Derby and face to face with 71 companies.  This briefing presented opportunities and activities for both companies, and with plenty of networking to be done plus 1:1 appointments, it was good to see the high levels of interest for this day.

Next up is RailTex and we look forward to supporting RFEM activity as well as hosting a range of commercial officers and delegations to the event.  More on this soon!



This neighbouring market is really taking off so really one to consider whether your supply rolling stock or infrastructure.

Check out this updated Denmark report.  Also, BaneDanmark have also launched an online portal with documents available in English and Danish.  This is a great service to monitoring new tenders and find out what’s happening with ongoing projects. https://banedktenderplan.tricommerce.dk/#/list/incoming

For more on Denmark, reach out to Mark Chapman – Mark.Chapman@mobile.trade.gov.uk  +45 (3544) 5239

You can also meet him, and Alan (Sweden), Anja (Norway) and Kevin (Finland) at May’s Scandinavian Development Conference.  Taking place 22 and 23 May, DIT will be holding an afternoon’s programme on 22nd and a 20% discount on the conference fee for 23rd.   Get in touch with Alan Goodliffe Alan.Goodliffe@mobile.trade.gov.uk +46 (0) 8 671 30 60 for more info.


Looking at the markets

The rail activity in Latin America is really hotting up and DIT have been hosting webinars to look at the specific rail opportunities in market.

On 16 March, the first webinar reviewed Colombia and Peru.  Next up on 30 March is Panama and Costa Rica and finally Brazil and Argentina scheduled for 11 April.  Make sure you register (even if you can’t attend, as you will be sent the recording).  If you missed 16 March, let me know.

We expect a delegation of Commercial Officers and businesses from LatAm market at RailTex so get in touch with me Catherine.appleby@mobile.trade.gov.uk if you are interested.


Date for your Diary

Make sure you have 5 October for RVE in your diary.  Planning has already started for the DIT Meet the Buyer and we are hoping to attract some interesting companies to this years’ event.

Keep an ear out for updates on DIT programmes around Trako and AusRail later in the year.

catherine appleby


International Trade Advisor, Transport Equipment Manufacturing, Department for International Trade East Midlands

DIT’s Catherine Appleby is the new International Trade Advisor for the Rail sector covering the whole East midlands patch. Catherine comes from a rail inward investment and advanced engineering business support background and is keen to catch up with members of RFEM to support both first forays into exporting and to develop export growth opportunities for those more experienced firms. She will be out and about at various events, and meeting regional rail firms over the coming months.

For queries, please drop her line directly;

Email: Catherine.Appleby@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Tel: 07825 344 587