Applications Open for RVE BigIdea

Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) are delighted to open the applications for this year’s exciting new supplier engagement activity taking place at the Modern Railway’s RVE show.

Focussing on major opportunity areas including decarbonisation and accessibility, suppliers have a great opportunity to highlight their newly developed products and services that could be of interest to the range of customer organisations taking part. 

“Whilst the last 18 months have hampered many activities, we know that the industry has been busy utilising this time to create solutions which can help the railway deliver more for its customers” said RFM CEO, Elaine Clark.  “RVE BigIdea presents a wonderful opportunity to pitch these developed products and services to a range of very interested parties, culminating in very valuable face to face meetings at the RVE show in November”.

Themes for RVE Big Idea 
Suppliers can select up to two themes to respond to, provide a range of directions these submissions can take.

  • Accessibility – provision of solutions which enhance the accessibility of any aspect of vehicles by any user
  • Asset Optimisation – provision of solutions which optimises utilisation of vehicles or enhances services to customers (passengers and freight)
  • Decarbonisation– provision of solutions that significantly contribute to the NetZero agenda
  • Productivity – provision of solutions that can drive productivity gains for railway activity with specific focus on rolling stock

Suppliers will be able to submit their applications from 9am on 13 September.  The closing date is 24 September 2021 at 5pm.  Guidance and the form can be found on our website’s dedicated RVE BigIdea page:

With every submission being reviewed by all the customers, suppliers can be reassured that their developments will be considered carefully.   Customers will make their own selections and meetings will take place in person at RVE Expo on 4 November 2021, in Derby.

The range of customers taking part creates a broad opportunity for innovative companies offering performance enhancing solutions across the industry:


#RVEBigIdea is free to RFM members and exhibitors to Modern Railways RVE show.  A nominal administration charge applies for non-members/non-exhibitors.


For further information:
Elaine Clark – CEO

About RFM

Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) is a national industry body with strong regional connections including supporting the nationally and internationally important rail supply chain cluster across the Midlands; RFM has over 290 members providing products and services across all aspects of the industry. RFM actively supports the national rail agenda and strategy, encouraging collaboration, promoting members’ capabilities, leading a number of regional skills initiatives and supporting innovation and export priorities. RFM is owned and governed by its members with a Board drawn from member companies.

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