In January 2017 the UK government launched a wide ranging consultation exercise about the future Industrial Strategy for the UK. RFEM responded to the Industrial Strategy green paper, seeking views from members and then feeding back a formal response to the consultation.

RFEM Response to Industrial Strategy Consultation Paper April 2017_final

The Industrial Strategy green paper proposed the establishment of so called ‘sector deals’ for those industries that have significant growth potential and/or strategic value to the UK and where there is sufficient interest on the part of an industry to work collaboratively with government. Over the summer the rail industry came together under the leadership of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and Rail Supply Group (RSG)  to develop proposals for a rail sector deal and in October an initial sector deal proposal document was submitted to government. RFEM made a significant contribution to this work on behalf of our members.

Government announced it’s overall Industrial Strategy on 27th November 2017; this included 4 initial sector deals in life sciences, construction, automotive and artificial intelligence. The rail industry has been encouraged to develop the initial proposals further and work will be ongoing over the coming months with the aim of securing a sector deal in early 2018. RFEM will be representing our members interests both directly through our links with the RSG and as a member of the RSG SME Council during this time.

You can see the One Railway video produced to support the sector deal submission here:

Rail Sector Deal Video

For more information on current developments or to get involved please contact elaineclark@midlandsrail.co.uk