The annual SME conference, held Derby College’s Roundhouse, was the first of a coordinated series of engagements across the extended supply chain, but focused on the SME community. It aims to support safety, facilitate innovation, improve performance and realise efficiencies into and beyond the next Control Period (CP).
160 delegates from across the rail supply chain attended and speakers included Lord Prior, PUS at Govt Dept for BEIS, Graham Hopkins, Group Head of Safety, Technology and Engineering at Network Rail, Neil Robertson Chief Executive of NSAR and Andrew Haynes, Network Rail’s Contracts and Procurement Director.
Gordon Wakeford, Chair of the Rail Supply Group, said: “SME businesses are vital to the success of the rail sector. That was the clear conclusion of our first ever SME conference. Britain’s rail supply chain is built on the work of dedicated rail professionals in small and medium sized businesses right across the country. Reflecting on the day, it is clear that recognising the value and unique capabilities of SMEs and ensuring they have access to the future contracts and projects will be vital to securing the future, productive growth of our sector.”
“We are fortunate in Britain to have so many superb companies delivering quality products to the UK rail sector and growing export markets abroad. As part of the RSG’s mission to promote the rail supply chain we are planning to further integrate SMEs in all aspects of our work. This conference was a very successful first step. I want to encourage SMEs to recognise that they have a friend in the RSG and we will champion their businesses in the coming years.”
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