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Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE)

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From training engineers to developing world-leading technologies, we collaborate with industry and academia to drive UK and global rail innovation.

We are the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, developing world-leading new technologies alongside renowned higher education programmes. We are part of the UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and lead the Centre of Execellence in Digital Systems. In 2018, we welcomed Rail Alliance into BCRRE.

British Steel

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British Steel is a world leader in the production of long steel products with facilities across the UK and France, supplying premium products around the world. From high-speed to heavy-haul, mixed traffic to metro, we have the right rails and support to keep your network on-track.

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CPD Certification Service

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The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, presentations, conferences and events, e-learning programs, factory visits, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development.

A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills & knowledge in their organisations to maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.

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European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI)


ERCI is the leading meta-cluster of the railway industry in Europe uniting 14 innovation clusters from 16 European countries (Italy, Poland, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Germany) .

Together, we connect the ideas and interests of over 2,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the industry. ERCI is their voice and lobby at European level. We help our member companies to grow – through improved access to European partners and customers, accelerated technology transfer and joint marketing in- and outside of the EU.

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High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

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HS2 is Britain’s new high speed railway, calling at over 25 stations from Scotland to the South East. 345 miles of brand new high speed track will connect the city centres of Birmingham, Manchester, London and Leeds and provide the backbone for transport upgrades across the Midlands and North of England.

Station cities are already benefitting from HS2, before a single train has started running, with more investment coming into the West Midlands, Yorkshire and elsewhere. HS2 growth strategies around the country plan to create over half a million jobs off the back of the arrival of high speed services, opening up opportunity for millions of people.

Network Rail - Signalling Innovations Group


Network Rail’s Signalling Innovations Group develops and delivers new tools, methods, techniques and processes that will reduce the cost and timescales of renewing and upgrading signalling systems, and supports projects in the introduction of new signalling and other products.

As well as signalling, SIG is involved in technical innovations across Network Rail, from the Digital Railway to telecommunications and electrification, while tools and methods that started out from a signalling need are now utilised across a range of disciplines.

Permanent Way Institution

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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.

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Rail Alliance

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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.

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Railway Industry Association

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The Railway Industry Association is the trade association for UK-based suppliers to the railway industry, providing a range of services to its members who include manufacturers, maintainers, contractors, consultants, leasing companies and providers of specialist services. RIA is the focal point of engagement between suppliers, clients, government and industry stakeholders and is an active part of the Rail Supply Group. Key activities include representation, information services, networking, innovation, exports support and supply chain improvements. RIA also provides assistance to overseas railways seeking UK suppliers.

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