Meet the Buyer

RVE Meet The Buyer is a key element of the event and puts top rail industry buyers in front of the suppliers that they need to see. The event is run in partnership with Rail Forum Midlands and the Department for International Trade. During the course of the 2019 event, no fewer than 310 appointments involving 41 buyers from 20 companies and four countries were scheduled and completed.

The application process for the 2020 event has now launched, and suppliers can register to participate on the Rail Forum Midlands website at A new two-stage application process this year will enable suppliers to better target their applications at specific buyers, improving the chances of a success application. Suppliers must register for the event by 4 September, with the second application stage closing on 11 September.

Companies who are not Modern Railways RVE exhibitors or members of Rail Forum Midlands will this year be required to pay a small administration fee to participate in RVE Meet The Buyer, to reflect the cost of organising the event. This fee will be collected by RFM, and suppliers required to pay this fee must pay the invoice prior to progressing to the application stage.

With the limitations posed by Covid, it is likely we will be able to host fewer appointments this year, making it important suppliers submit strong and targeted applications. Modern Railways RVE exhibitors and Rail Forum Midlands members will benefit from exclusive best practice guidance in submitting their application, as well as an online support webinar to be held in mid-August.

A list of participating buyers for the 2020 show is shown below and will be updated as new buyers are added.

Key dates for RVE Meet The Buyer 2020

Please note that due to the logistics involved in organising RVE Meet The Buyer there can be no extension to the deadlines for registration and application.

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COVID 19 Update

At present Modern Railways RVE is still planned to take place as scheduled on 5 November at Derby Arena. We will continue to take heed of all Government advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements and will respond appropriately, with the safety of exhibitors and visitors to the show our first priority.

Please check here for further updates as we approach the date of the event.