Rail Alliance

Robert Hopkin

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About us

Rail Alliance Networking Events – serving its members with activities designed to promote success and growth, the Rail Alliance specialises in delivering high quality industry themed events with excellent networking opportunities. Typically there is at least one networking event every month at carefully selected venues and locations. We are constantly adding to our events programme and recommend that you check the Rail Alliance website www.railalliance.co.uk/rail-alliance-networking-events/ regularly for the latest details – although you will receive regular newsletters with information on the events coming up. Please do follow us on twitter @therailalliance  / #RAEvents for updates on a regular basis.

Rail Alliance Exhibitions- The Rail Alliance supports key supply chain industry events in the UK and abroad and exhibits at Railtex, Innotrans, Trako, Rail Live! (Spain) and Rail Live (UK) - additionally, the Rail Alliance stages a biannual specialist railway lighting expo – called 'Light After Dark' 

3rd Party Exhibitions & Conferences – RailtexInfrarailInnoTransAdvanced EngineeringRVE are the big industry events at which the Rail Alliance will always be found, in addition to supporting a variety of relevant conferences and seminars and carefully selected trade fairs. At specific trade fairs we offer members a place on the Rail Alliance Hub guaranteeing a heightened presence, and we are able to negotiate various exclusive discounts for members at many other conferences and events.

Route-to-market support and advice – We offer a variety of ways in which we can help companies established in rail, and those new to the sector and our focus is always on supporting our members – from face-to-face introductions at our events to tailored introductions up and down the supply chain as is relevant to your company.  Some of the specific areas we can with include:

Product Approvals & Acceptance Processes – we have extensive knowledge across the team of this area.

Export & International Support – The Rail Alliance is an accredited “Trade Challenge Partner” to the Department for International Trade.  Please see railalliance.co.uk/international-erci/ for regular updates on export opportunities.  We are also a founding member of the ERCI (European Regional Clusters Initiative). The 11 member clusters represent more than 1,000 companies from the industry from all over Europe –http://www.eurailclusters.com/index.html.

Representing our members – behind the scenes we sit on a number of significant closed industry meetings, the information from which we use to further support our services – including the Rail Delivery Group, Network Rail’s Directors Forum, RISQS and several more. Our Chairman is Secretariat to the Rail Supply Group (RSG) giving the Rail Alliance and its members an important platform to help shape the UK strategy for rail.

Marketing support – We are very active on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) and encourage all of our members to follow and tag us on twitter.  We can also produce member case studies to publish on our website in addition to sharing news stories. We are extremely proud of the strong media relationships that we have with all of the mainstream rail, manufacturing and engineering publications – including: RAILModern RailwaysRail NewsIRJRailway GazetteLondon ReconnectionsEuropean Railway ReviewRail Technology NewsRail InfrastructureRail ProfessionalTransport for Britain, The Manufacturer – to mention a few.

Provision of advice for test & trialling of products – We provide companies advice on the locations and capabilities of approved test & trials centres in the UK and overseas.  Typically, this assistance is offered to companies transiting through the latter stages of the product development programme. Depending on individual requirements this may include test loop and infrastructure, traction, rolling stock and trials staff time.

Access to R&D/I – we work closely with a number of specialist rail research universities throughout the UK. Should you be looking to collaborate with academia to support in-house research please let us know and we can introduce you to the relevant university/universities.  Academic collaborations can take many forms ranging from outsourcing R&D for a specific project, working with a university on a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Placement) or year in industry placements, amongst others.  We can also provide information on upcoming R&D grants under Horizon2020Shift2Rail, RSSB and Innovate UK calls and through our ERCI network (more below) can potentially introduce you to international R&D/I partners.

Specialised industry support programmes – including:

  • Get into Rail – we run workshops across the UK designed to help organisation navigate their way through the complex landscape of the rail sector. The Rail Alliance works closely with the Welsh Government as well as with the Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) and others to deliver rail supply chain events.
  • ISO44001 Collaborative Business Relationships – the world’s first international standard for Collaborative Business Relationships – has been embraced by Network Rail as part of their ‘Alliancing’ philosophy in delivering over £3Bn worth of infrastructure projects collaboratively and is of increasing import to the rolling stock fraternity and others. Please note that Rail Alliance members are eligible for discounted training fees.

Rail Alliance Member Login on the Website – this is a bespoke area specifically for use by Rail Alliance members where you will find all the presentations stored for previous events, discount codes to conferences/exhibitions, tender opportunities, notice board alerts/messages from other members, press release upload portal, and many other valuable resources!

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 730
    Cluster Members
  • 690
    SME's
  • 50
    Large Companies
  • 20
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

Robert Hopkin
ECCP Responsible Person
Alex Burrows
Cluster Manager
Jenny Illingsworth
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

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Project PERES

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Australia
Brazil
India
New Zealand
Singapore

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Poland
Serbia
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

Supporfting each other at major international rail fairs - negotiating free space at rail fairs for ERCI brand exposure and marketing

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