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.

Details of the Industrial Strategy Rail Sector Deal

December 6, 2018

Read the details on the Sector Deal between government and the rail industry here.     To download as a PDF, please click here: Sector deal download   The UK’s railways are critical to our country’s economic success, as they have been since the age of Brunel. The Government is determined to ensure our railways […]

The Rail Sector Deal – what does it mean to you? by Eli Rees-King, Rail Alliance

December 5, 2018

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) is pushing Government to commit to the specific needs of the sector through the rail sector deal Having previously explained the role of the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and why it exists as the voice of the UK rail supply chain, this time I want to take the opportunity to […]

Eli Rees King, Marketing Communications Director at the Rail Alliance explains the goals and purpose of the Rail Supply Group

October 15, 2018

Working closely with organisations within the supply chain from top tier and OEMs right down to the micro SMEs, not only does the Rail Alliance have the capability to understand business from a grass-roots level, but as a team dedicated to helping the sector, we make it our business to build relationships and bonds with […]