Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. They are improving the rail network - providing faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys between Britain's towns and cities. This is bringing people and businesses closer together, making Britain more competitive and a better place to do business.
For more information visit www.networkrail.co.uk
Railway Industry Association
The Railway Industry Association is the trade association for UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. RIA provides a range of services to their 150 member companies, who include manufacturers, maintainers, contractors, consultants, leasing companies and providers of specialist services.
Key activities include representation, information services, networking, exports support and supply chain reform.
For more information visit www.riagb.org.uk
The Rail Alliance is the largest business to business rail networking organisation in the UK. The Rail Alliance provides tailored assistance to members and signpost potential opportunities for their business through their 20+ networking meetings per year. The Rail Alliance attends all major European exhibitions and seminars connected to the rail industry.
Railtex 2013 features The Rail Alliance Hub – where members exhibit alongside one another.
For further details visit www.railalliance.co.uk
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Their 100,000 members work at the heart of the country's most important and dynamic industries.
With a 160-year heritage supporting them, today's Institution is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, they create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.
For further details visit www.imeche.org
Established in 2009, Rail Champions strive to provide a neutral platform for new business development, debate and discussion to which suppliers, maintainers and end users can work collaboratively to 'share knowledge' and develop the 'transport infrastructure' of the future.
They work hard to connect people, technology and great ideas that will shape the future design of our urban and city stations. Offering support and advice on bid management, sustainable project delivery and leadership development.
Their passion is to create partnerships that work - connecting people that need help. They utilize extensive trend knowledge, driving both market awareness and sustainable business development. They have a successful track record working with SME Company's to realize their true worth, with the shared goal to position their company as an industry leader.
Rail Champions are running The Platform sessions at Railtex this year.
For further details visit www.rail-champions.com
Permanent Way Institution
The Permanent Way Institution is a not for profit organisation for all engineers involved with track and infrastructure. With a wealth of knowledge within their membership, their focus is to encourage the sharing of best practice between infrastructure staff at all levels and stages of their career. This initiative is being actively supported by key players in the rail industry.
The benefits of being a member of the PWI include on-line forums through our website, quarterly journals, discounted specialist textbooks on permanent way associated topics and technical seminars as well as access to an extensive body of infrastructure knowledge and expertise.
For further details visit www.permanentwayinstitution.com
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers
The IRSE is the professional institution for all those engaged in or associated with railway signalling, telecommunications and allied professions. The IRSE has its headquarters in London, UK and is active worldwide. Founded in 1912, the Institution aims to advance, for the public benefit, the science and practice of signalling and telecommunications engineering within the industry and to maintain high standards of knowledge and competence within the profession.
For further details visit www.irse.org
Rail Plant Association
The Rail Plant Association (RPA) is the professional association for road/rail plant owners, operators and users. Set up by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), it provides members with a set of Model Trading Conditions, information, support structure and lobbying voice to their companies.
For further details visit www.cpa.uk.net/p/Join-RPA/
UK Trade & Investment
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets.
For further details visit www.ukti.gov.uk
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
One of the most highly recognised knowledge sharing networks in the world, The Institution of Engineering and Technology is for engineers and technologists working or studying in an increasingly multidisciplinary, digital and global environment.
With a growing membership of over 150,000 professionals from more than 127 countries, their role is to disseminate knowledge and promote professionalism on a local and international platform, enhancing both professional and personal development for the engineering and technology industries.
For further details visit www.theiet.org
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is your professional body. They welcome everyone involved in logistics, the supply chain and transport to join their 33,000 strong global membership community.
Along with their specialist training and a vast range of qualifications, their member benefits include free access to The International Knowledge Centre- the world’s largest specialist Logistics and Transport resource, their careers service, a legal helpline resource, industry specific forums, over 350 events per year and various networking opportunities.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK operates geographically across the nations and regions of the UK, giving you the opportunity to network with other professionals no matter where in the UK you are based.
You can take advantage of CILT’s unique resources, vast experience and valuable benefits today to help you in your career.
Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum
The Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF) represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world - over 100 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6 billion to the local economy.
DDRF has dedicated local support from the City and County Councils, the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2), UK Trade & Investment and other industry groups.
This support helps DDRF members locate and access new markets and promote international expansion. It also helps bring new organisations to the region, to continue the growth and reputation of the region’s rail industry.
For further details visit www.derbyrailforum.org.uk