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 all of the key supporting entities that bolster and promote rail business in the UK and overseas.
Over the next few months the Rail Alliance will be shining a spotlight on current topics and issues as well as raising greater awareness and understanding of the support network that exists for businesses in rail.
This month we are focusing on the Rail Supply Group and what this important body does and is doing for UK rail. What does the RSG mean to you?
The purpose of the RSG
Let’s start with understanding why the RSG was created and the ethos behind its existence.
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. It provides leadership and guidance to industry and Government, and leads on a programme of work on behalf of the UK rail supply chain.
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 OEMs, with senior industry leaders owning the work-streams and cross cutting programmes.
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. It aims to strengthen the capability and competitiveness of the UK rail supply chain to grow business at home and abroad and focuses on four areas of work:
As well as these four work-streams, there are also some crucial cross-cutting themes that are important across a number of the work-streams. These include a focus on supporting SMEs (SME Council), the impact of Brexit and the importance of developing a Rail Sector Deal that delivers for the whole industry and the Digital Railway.
February 4, 2019
The Rail Sector Deal seeks to create whole-life unit cost reductions and deliverability improvements for DR infrastructure, thereby allowing the DR programme to be more ambitious than what would be possible otherwise. Productivity improvements could be achieved through a number of different channels. Most immediately, a reduction in unit cost in line with the Rail […]
Structure of the Rail Sector Deal The Rail Delivery Group and Rail Supply Group, supported by the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Alliance, Rail Forum East Midlands, and a number of individual businesses and stakeholders from across the rail and digital sectors, have developed a proposal for a Sector Deal for the rail industry. The […]
December 13, 2018
The Rail Supply Group’s SME council* is hosting a conference during the afternoon of the 28th January in central London. The purpose of the event will be to provide a forum through which the upper tiers of the rail supply chain can communicate its aspirations to engage more widely with small to medium sized companies […]