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

Philip Hoare
President, Atkins

We’re supported by three Government departments

 

Work of the RSG

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 (external website).

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. Read more about the Rail Supply Growth Fund (external website).

Exporting overseas made easier with TfL, Network Rail and HS2 reference scheme

31st August 2021

PRESS RELEASE: 1st September 2021 The Rail Supply Group (RSG), working in partnership with Government, is delighted to announce that Transport for London (TfL) is the latest significant project sponsor to provide a simplified project reference scheme for suppliers seeking to export their services or products overseas. TfL’s scheme adds to existing project reference schemes […]

Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

20th May 2021

20th May 2021 The Rail Supply Group (RSG) welcomes the Williams-Shapps Review (PDF) and the long-term Government commitment to prioritise the needs of passengers and freight under the new single body, Great British Railways. The review presents a once in a generation opportunity to transform the sector and the rail supply chain is ready to […]

Build Back Better

12th May 2021

12 May 2021 by Darren James The Government wants the UK to “Build Back Better” after the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the industry has launched a Work Pipeline Visibility Charter, which is asking the UK rail industry to play its part in meeting its Rail Sector Deal commitments by making the development, design, procurement and delivery of rail projects more effective than they have been in the […]