The Midlands Engine initiative looks to make the East and West Midlands an engine for growth for the UK economy. It is being backed by business, local authorities, 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships.

  • supported by £5 million trade and investment package to help promote the Midlands Engine overseas, reach new markets and boost exports
  • all part of government’s plans to back Local Enterprise Partnerships to promote jobs and growth

Trade, and the attraction of new investment is a critical element UK Rail’s very being.  It is The Rail Alliance’s absolute honour therefore to be supporting the Midland’s Engine at Railtex.

The Midlands Engine initiative aims to boost economic growth across the Midlands region through enhanced trade and investment activity.  This is an exciting time for rail in the UK, and the Midlands places itself at the heart of this rail revolution.

The Midlands rail supply chain includes expertise in rolling stock design, development and manufacture; light and very light rail technologies; infrastructure and signalling; and leading university research and government support from the Midlands network of Catapult Innovation Centres. The Midlands is also seeing large investment in existing and new rail networks, including High Speed 2 (HS2), Midlands Metro, Midlands Connect as well as station redevelopments across the Midlands.  In addition to positioning the region as an attractive destination for investment there is also a commitment to support international trade from across its 11 Local Enterprise Partnership zones.  Inwards or outwards, the trade with the Midlands Engine is ripe, and The Rail Alliance will be providing multiple opportunities for exhibitors and visitors to meet with and learn more about the initiative and how to get involved or access support.

To underline the aspirations of the Midlands Engine and the integral role that the RSG plays across the industry we are delighted to announce that Gordon Wakeford, will be delivering The Midlands Engine Keynote Speech at 1230 on the opening day of the show.  Gordon is the Managing Director, Mobility Division, of Siemens plc and the Industry Chair of the RSG.