Sponsoring an award category at the 21st Rail Business Awards demonstrates your support for all the hard work and effort of the many entrants and nominees, as well as the actual winner on the night. It also provides year-round coverage and superb exposure to the rail market through Railway Gazette International, Rail Professional magazine, the targeted RBA e-newsletter and other media channels.
Below is a list of this year's sponsors.
If you would like to find out more information about becoming a supporter then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ricardo are a global consultancy providing technical expertise and specialist engineering services to help clients navigate the rail industry's operational, commercial and regulatory demands. With extensive experience across all key disciplines, from rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications, to energy efficiency, safety management and operational planning, they support a client portfolio that ranges from some of the world's largest rail administrations to niche component suppliers.
As a leading global rail consultancy, we combine traditional engineering with the latest techniques to deliver safe, reliable and sustainable outcomes, transforming rail networks, and shaping the future of transport.
From digital rail and predictive maintenance to the delivery of mass transit our multidisciplinary team of experts provide strategic insight, incorporating a deeply embedded knowledge with innovative practices reimagining infrastructure to meet current and future transport demands.
We put our clients at the heart of everything we do, working collaboratively to enable seamless, personalised passenger experiences, optimised operations, reduced risk, increased safety and efficiencies; making us the partner of choice.
Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services. We are award-winning specialists having designed, constructed and maintained all forms of railway systems across Europe and the UK. We operate an ever expanding portfolio of rail freight and on track machine services throughout the UK and France and have developed metro and tram schemes in over 50 cities around the world in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
We specialise in: High Speed Lines, Light /Metro Lines, Freight Operator, Track Laying, Renewal and Maintenance, Operation and Maintenance of On Track Plant, High Voltage and Traction Power, Electrification & Signalling, Rolling Stock Refurbishment & Maintenance, Tramways, Multidisciplinary Projects, Engineering and Design & Surveying.
We operate under three main business functions: Rail Infrastructure, Rail Services & Urban Rail.
We look outwards to our customers, working collaboratively and sharing best practice. We respect their views, respond to their suggestions and are proactive in anticipating their needs. We are also committed to delivering on our promise, to our employees, the people we work with, our customers and our stakeholders.
Diamond Seating refurbish the interiors of Britain's rolling stock, anywhere in the country.
Seating is just one of the services we do as part of your refurbishment project. We offer a complete (turnkey) service, doing all the tasks that will complete a refit or overhaul of your rolling stock, including professional cleaning and powder-coating.
Our project managers can even organise essential external work, such professional resprays. Seats are taken away to be re-covered at our depot, then brought back and fitted. Other work can be done off-site or on-site.
Diamond Seating's work is guaranteed and conforms (or often exceeds) current Railway Group Standards.
For almost 100 years Furrer+Frey have been electrifying public transport. Creating iconic solutions, setting industry standards, seeking to reduce railway electrification costs, as well as improve safety and reliability through innovation. They are a dynamic team of engineers, consultants and project managers, and have worked around the world on a multitude of interesting and challenging projects from mega projects in China and India to complex projects in over 30 other counties. From charge stations for buses, trams and trains to high-speed overhead line and everything in between Furrer+Frey have become synonymous with electrification.
The Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) was launched in 2000 and exists for its members and the rail industry, promoting best practice and representing the interests of railway operators at all levels.
The IRO is the focal point for raising standards through operational training, sharing knowledge and expertise, providing members with the very best developmental opportunities. Going from strength to strength, IRO now boasts over 7,000 members and has added Apprenticeships to its service offering.
Seen as the organisation of choice for those seeking to develop their career within the rail sector, membership of the IRO opens the door to a wealth of professional expertise and networking opportunities. Join us!
iPort Rail is the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub, one of the country’s top five inland ports for size and capacity. Located at the heart of iPort in Doncaster, the UK’s most advanced multimodal logistics hub, this independently-operated, 30-acre, high volume, secure container site can accommodate the UK’s longest trains six days a week with 24-hour access for customers.
It has been designed to help minimise downtime and transport goods as quickly and cost-effectively as possible in an environmentally-friendly way, with state-of-the-art facilities linking quickly and efficiently to national and international freight networks.
Founded in 1998, the KBH Group is the UK’s largest on-train media company. KBH works with train operating companies (TOCs) to monetise poster, digital and online media assets, delivering ‘non-farebox’ revenue; as well as installing TOC communication material such as safety information, network maps and marketing campaigns.
Traincards offer advertisers a unique combination of desirable audience, environment, dwelltime and hyper-connectivity making on-train media a powerful way to connect out-of-home messaging with mobile brand platforms.
Therefore, KBH has launched KBH Connected (previously KBH Digital) to work with TOCs to offer digital advertising opportunities including on-board entertainment portals, Wi-Fi and websites.
North Star Consultancy, established in 2007, provides specialist transport operations consultancy services. Backed by decades of collective experience, we provide our customers with operations expertise ranging from strategic advice to hands-on delivery, encompassing shadow operations, service start-up, customer service strategies, operations training and production of O&M documentation. We also have a wealth of experience in bid management and client-side procurement support in the transport sector.
We have delivered world-class transport solutions to a varied customer base including operating companies, airports, airlines and other transport industry suppliers. From our well-established office bases in London and Dubai, and our newly-established office in Sydney, we provide a global service offering, with customers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Australia.
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. It has some 200 companies in membership and the sector employs 240,000 people and contributes annually £11 billion Gross Value Added (GVA). RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.
ROG are the only train operating company in the UK dedicated to supporting the needs of the rolling stock leasing, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Our award-winning operation is engineered to provide a range of services for this very specialised market including the delivery and testing of new train fleets. Additionally, ROG offers a complete suite of supporting services in connection with the introduction of new train fleets, mid-life refurbishment programmes, re-engineering programmes and the storage and disposals of life expired fleets. Our dynamic and innovative business model is dedicated to the delivery of these services. This affords a level of customer service, performance and reliability which is simply unachievable by existing train operating suppliers. We achieve this because we are not distracted by, or have to divert valuable resources to, higher priority passenger, civil engineering or freight operations.
Rail Professional is a monthly business-oriented railway news magazine read by the industry’s managers. Launched in 1996, the magazine was born out of the privatisation of the industry and the need to provide a managerial forum for the new rail business community.
As well as leading comment and analysis, the magazine carries interviews with leading figures within the industry in each issue, allowing readers to gain an ‘inside track’ view of these shakers and movers.
The Railway Benefit Fund has been helping the UK railway family for 160 years. There has never been a better time to get involved, spread the word and help us to continue our help for the next generation.
We work tirelessly to support you and your colleagues every day. We are proud to say that we are behind such an exciting industry that is critical to the UK and our growing economy.
You are only ever a phone call or click away from accessing our confidential advice on life’s most stressful subjects. Let us help you and your family get back on track so you can continue to play your part in keeping the UK Railway running and growing.
We have one simple focus and that is supporting UK rail people past, present and future. We are the only charity that solely supports railway people and their families. It’s that simple.
Saturn provides innovative and creative technological solutions focused on communicative and engaging digital signage. We work with some of the world’s leading brands, activating demand for their customers.
Years of experience combined with rail sector expertise has led to the creation of several pioneering solutions that improve and enhance customer and employee experience on platforms, in waiting rooms, in ticket halls and everywhere in between.
Collaborating with our transport and retail partners, Saturn has developed bespoke hardware options, with a range of kiosk, enclosure and touch screen solutions that are specifically designed to accommodate the needs and challenges of harsh weather and public environments.
Helping to make a difference. TBF is a non-profit making membership charity offering a wide range of health, welfare and financial benefits to those working in public transport, should need, hardship or distress arise. Membership costs just £1 a week and covers the member, their partner and dependent children.
Helping public transport employees for 95 years, TBF currently has nearly 61,000 members. The volume of awards to members that, during the past twelve months have exceeded £2.6 million, best illustrates the continuing relevance of the Fund’s work.
Transport Benevolent Fund CIO, known as TBF, a registered charity in England and Wales (1160901) and Scotland (SC047016).
Wabtec Rail has continued to build on this history, and our passenger fleet refurbishment expertise has encompassed the refurbishment of London Underground’s Waterloo and City Line trains through to the carrying out of heavy maintenance, interior upgrades and refurbishments of DMU’s, EMU’s, High Speed Trains, locomotives and coaching stock for the UK’s rolling stock leasing companies and train operators.
Our vast range of rolling stock expertise and technological resources has been built up over many years. This gives us the capability to repair, refurbish and overhaul everything from shunting locomotives to mainline locomotives through to the general repair and maintenance of freight wagons.