About us

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) is the leadership body for the rail supply sector, working in partnership with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to set the direction for the industry. We provide leadership and guidance to industry and Government, and lead a programme of work on behalf of the UK rail supply chain.

Formed in 2014, the RSG is the only rail body to have members from Government and the private sector, focusing on supporting and enhancing the rail supply chain, from SMEs to multi-national companies across the UK. The RSG works on behalf of the UK rail supply industry as a whole, rather than any single supplier.

The Rail Supply Group aims to strengthen the capability and competitiveness of the UK rail supply chain to grow business at home and abroad.

The RSG focuses on four areas of work: driving growth; accelerating innovation; doubling exports and improving skills. There are also a number of cross-cutting programmes such as the Industrial Strategy, Sector Deal, SMEs and Digital Railway.

Our Chair

Gordon Wakeford
Siemens

We're supported by three Government departments

The RSG Council composition is fully representative of the UK rail supply chain, covering the breadth and depth of the supply chain and its sub categories, from SMEs to tier 1’s, with senior industry leaders owning the workstreams and cross cutting programmes.

The work of the RSG is complementary of the 10 pillars of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which can be viewed here.

RSG Aims:

  • Ensuring that the UK rail supply industry is cohesive and aligned, to maximise potential to win major UK contracts
  • Increasing exports by promoting the UK’s excellent rail products, services and technologies internationally
  • Promoting and improving our domestic market capability and strengths
  • Playing an important role in increasing UK productivity
  • Providing leadership, direction and structure for the UK rail industry – a single supply chain voice with whom Government can agree priorities
  • Enabling the UK rail supply chain and Government to discuss, review, align and maximise industry procurement strategies

RSG Objectives:

  • Stimulate growth, innovation and change in the rail supply chain for the benefit of the UK
  • Develop a strategy to strengthen the capability and competitiveness of the UK rail supply chain to grow business at home and abroad
  • Map the existing resources and capability of the supply chain and assess the future strategic competitive potential
  • Support the supply chain to navigate the complex rail landscape and to identify opportunities for simplification
  • Recommend how rail investment could be delivered in the most cost effective and efficient ways
  • Help the supply chain to identify funding sources and act as a single voice in attracting additional funding
  • Encourage greater collaboration between the supply chain and wider industry

RSG Productivity Pledge:

  • A strategic approach to procurement and planning
  • A clear plan to drive world-class UK technologies
  • A coherent skills plan to attract the best talent and increase productivity
  • A comprehensive package of support for SMEs
  • A fresh, coordinated approach to increase exports and inward investment

Rail Supply Growth Fund

The RSG is a supporter of the Rail Supply Growth Fund. The Fund provides access to affordable finance to increase the capability, competitiveness and productivity of businesses either currently operating in the rail supply sector or for businesses aiming to enter it through crossover products and services. For more information, please see the Rail Supply Growth Fund here.

The Rail Sector Deal – Come and attend an SME Workshop

May 3, 2018

The RSG will be hosting SME-focused workshops to discuss the Rail Sector Deal which is being developed in consultation with, and on behalf of, our industry.   RSG, in partnership with the RDG, has been working with Government to develop an industry leading and transformative deal that will shape our industry over the next 20 […]

International Women’s Day Celebrated by Industry

March 16, 2018

International Women’s Day was marked by the rail industry with a number of events designed to celebrate and promote the invaluable work of women in our sector. See the below links for more information about the work of the RDG, Women in Rail and Network Rail to promote International Women’s Day. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6377742496914567168/ https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6378161038625427456/ https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6377975629207339009/?commentUrn=urn%3Ali%3Acomment%3A(activity%3A6377975629207339009%2C6378515329861197824)

Industry roundtable discussion with Trade and Export Promotion Minister

February 26, 2018

Last week, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) in partnership with the Railway Industry Association (RIA) hosted a special roundtable discussion with guest speaker Baroness Rona Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export Promotion. The roundtable was hosted at Amey’s London offices and was attended by a number of the transport industry’s most influential figures who shared their […]