Rail Forum East Midlands continue to work closely with the Department for International Trade.  As well as actively participating in our Executive Team, there is lots of collaboration across events and initiatives (check out the Know your Buyer workshop on selling skills).

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.

Come back here each month to see a new blog on exports – from events, to lead generation, markets to missions!

November – AusRail and Australian Market

This month’s focus in on the Australian Market and the imminent flagship rail trade show, AusRail plus.  The Great Pavilion will return with 8 exhibitors including our very own Garrandale getting out and about again (plus other UK firms exhibiting independently).   And its no surprise that this market, with its developing metro systems and extensive freight networks has the attention of UK businesses.  Also helped by the strong cultural links, high numbers of expats, language and I am sure that the weather is also quite appealing!

So, what is happening in the market?  Check out this document providing an update on the infrastructure projects.

Meet the DIT support team in Australia:

Introducing Emily Ramsay:  Emily is a Trade Development officer, based in Sydney and joined the DIT team a year ago.

Ian Barnett – Ian is the Senior Trade Development Officer, heading up the Infrastructure Team.

Are you planning on visiting Ausrail this year?  Do get in touch with your ITA (or for East Midlands based companies, contact me: catherine.appleby@mobile.trade.gov.uk) to discuss how to maximise your visit with our support

Not forgetting that the best way to maximise your visit is to Know your Buyer – so don’t forget to sign up to our next workshop on 4/12.  This will give you the tools to make the right pitch when you meet with your target buyers!

How can Department for International Trade help you?
It is thrilling to bring 8 buyers to RVE this year, double that of last year’s Meet the Buyer.  But are there other international buyers you would like to see?  Let me know who is on your target list and we can bring more buyers to market, giving your more opportunities to show your international capability.

If you need help speaking with a target buyer, DIT can help.  With offices in over 100 countries, part of our role is present UK businesses to buyers.  Contact your International Trade Advisor to get the ball rolling.

catherine appleby


International Trade Advisor, Rail & Manufacturing, Department for International Trade East Midlands

DIT’s Catherine Appleby is the International Trade Advisor for the Rail sector covering the whole East midlands patch. Already working with a significant number of our members, do contact Catherine to discuss starting or developing your international activity.

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

Tel: 07825 344 587