As you may be aware the University of South Wales Exchange team in partnership with Business Wales are hosting a Collaborate Wales event on Friday 17th March 2017. The purpose of the event is to promote the benefits of business collaboration in Wales, demonstrate why collaboration is important to Welsh businesses, and how it can help prepare SMEs to bid for larger and more complex work.

You are invited to attend, meet with speakers and there will be a knowledge fair where you can also meet exhibitors.

The term collaboration has never been so important to the SME communities in Wales. USW and Business Wales are joining force with other partners to enable SMEs to further understand the opportunities that Collaborative working can bring. This event is targeted at Companies wishing to understand what support is available to enable supply chain readiness.

Topics include understanding finance, skills, legal perspectives and also identifying the collaborative training on offer to maximise opportunities.

The event will be held on the morning of Friday 17th March 2017 and will be in the Conference Centre, University of South Wales, Trefforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL.

Full details of the event can be found online at: and please note that while the event is free to attend spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To register attendance click here:

Best Wishes

Siwan Rees
USW Exchange




In association with the Welsh Government, the Rail Alliance are staging networking seminars on the issue of Product Acceptance and Product Approval; the seminars will also provide information with regard to the accreditations required for new companies looking to sell into the UK Railway Supply Chain.


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Robert Hopkin, Executive Director, Rail Alliance – raiilalliance

Tony Jackson, Senior Reliability Improvement Specialist, Network Rail – cpbpalc_ra_wag_041016

Richard Sharp, Scheme Manager, Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme – risqs-ra-welsh-assembly-october-16

Neil Ovenden, Engineering Manager, Association of Train Operating Companies – 20161004_supplying-to-tocs-smes


Speakers from Network Rail covered the aspects of the railway infrastructure supply chain as well as representation from the Traction and Rolling Stock community to cover queries related to rail vehicle components or services.  Already confirmed speakers include Tony Jackson, Senior Reliability Improvement Specialist (Network Rail); Neil Ovenden, Engineering Manager (Association of Train Operating Companies); Richard Sharpe, Scheme Manager (Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme).