David Woakes explains: “The RSG SME Council sets to facilitate SMEs with better access to the rail sector, working closely with industry, Network Rail and government to improve supply chain links with train operating companies, OEMs, tier 1 suppliers and larger businesses across the rail industry. In essence, we want the rail sector to harness and rapidly deploy the innovative solutions SMEs can offer.
“My experience of working in industry as an engineer, before transitioning to a career in recruitment has placed me in good stead to influence the group, particularly when it comes to addressing skills.”
SMEs vital to rail supply chain future
The RSG SME Council conducted a workshop earlier in the month to identify how the SME supply chain can be incorporated into a new ‘Rail Sector Deal’; a deal that is due to be lobbied to government on behalf of the entire UK rail industry.
The proposed Rail Sector Deal will offer an opportunity for government and the supply chain to engage directly and shape the future direction of rail investment and delivery. The deal could deliver improved productivity, innovation, customer satisfaction and value for money benefits across the sector.
Success would inevitably lead to higher employment in the sector, an increase in exports, sustained investment in skills and economic benefits for the entire UK.
Proposals are currently being formulated to demonstrate how SMEs can deliver unrivalled customer experience by leveraging technology, innovation, reliability, capacity, cross sector collaboration, skills legacy and sustainable solutions.
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