Introducing RVE BigIdea

#RVEBigIdea takes place at the RVE Expo on 4 November in Derby

Modern Railways and Rail Forum Midlands are launching an exciting new supplier engagement activity taking place at this year’s Modern Railways RVE show on 4 November in Derby.

RVE BigIdea is the next step in supply chain engagement for the rail industry, focusing on delivering real value through one-to-one meetings with rolling stock customers to introduce exciting new responses to the challenges our industry faces.

Suppliers will be invited to submit new ideas, products and services to support the rolling stock sector, under a selection of different themes. The themes are key to industry challenges – decarbonisation, productivity, accessibility, and asset optimisation – and allow suppliers to really showcase their new and developing offers.

All the participating customers will review the applications and select which suppliers they wish to meet.

A fantastic line-up of 18 customer organisations is taking part: Alstom, Angel Trains, Arriva Train Care, CAF, DB Cargo, FirstGroup, Freightliner, Gemini Rail Group, Hitachi, Loram, Nottingham Tram, Siemens Germany, Stadler UK, TDI, Talgo, Transport for London, Unipart Rail and Wabtec.

‘After delivering three very successful Meet The Buyers at Modern Railways RVE, we are thrilled to be bringing forward this refreshed activity’ says Rail Forum Chief Executive Elaine Clark: ‘RVE Meet The Buyer has been a great way for industry to speak to the procurement teams of major customers. Looking forward, the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail poses several key challenges for our industry and we are keen to demonstrate that the supply chain is ready to meet these. We are creating a brand new opportunity for the industry to come together and respond through our RVE BigIdea with key themes such as decarbonisation and optimisation featuring in this new approach.’

‘Britain’s railway is on the cusp of very major changes, and there are real opportunities for innovative suppliers to make a significant difference to the railway’s efficiency, operation and environmental credentials’ says Modern Railways Editor Philip Sherratt. ‘As the railway recovers from the pandemic, there is no better opportunity to showcase the products and technologies which will have such a huge impact on the railway over the coming decade and beyond.’

‘We are very excited about RVE BigIdea and are delighted to be working with our colleagues at Modern Railways for another year’ said Membership Manager Cat Appleby. ‘The response and enthusiasm to embrace this change from the customers taking part have convinced us that this is a positive step forward to deliver real value and benefits for participants: customers and suppliers.

This activity is free to Rail Forum members and exhibitors at Modern Railways RVE. A nominal administration charge applies for non-members/ non-exhibitors.

Key dates

  • An open industry briefing will take place on 15 July from 16.00 to 17.00. Bookings can be made via the Rail Forum events page: Registration closes 12 July.
  • Applications open on 13 September and close on 24 September via a dedicated webpage launched at the briefing event.

Further information
If you’re interested in the upcoming RVE show find more information on exhibitors, speakers and more at