I’d like to thank you both again for a very successful day yesterday, the whole teams feedback was, that it was a great idea to meet new companies and support SMEs.” Kelly Perks Head of Supply Chain Rail Carillion PLC

 “In 2017, MRL was selected to be part of the Rail Mentoring scheme managed by Rail Alliance. From the initial application process, right through to meeting our Mentor – Carillion, we had expert help and guidance from Jim Panter and John Beale – the programme leads for the Rail Mentoring Scheme. Jim and John’s enthusiasm for SME companies to get involved in supplying the rail sector not only inspires, but is also infectious in driving you to succeed in a sector that can be daunting to companies trying to get a toe in for the first time. I would highly recommend the mentoring programme, and Jim and John, to any company wanting to supply the rail sector.”- Phil Storr, Managing Director MRL Eye

Rail Mentor – The Gateway to Business Growth
Rail Mentor is a focused initiative geared specifically for SMEs and offers an accelerated introduction into the rail supply chain. Registering your details is free of charge and takes only a few minutes – just go to For SMEs looking to enter the rail sector or increase their footprint in this multi-billion pound market, Rail Mentor could be the key to unlocking latent business potential.

Companies supporting the programme include organisations such as Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, Network Rail, HS2, Carillion, Atkins, Amey, Crossrail, Porterbrook, TfL, SW Trains and ATOC.

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A clear benefit to the SME is the opportunity to shape a product to the needs of a Top Tier company in a highly supportive environment. Top Tier companies will offer a selection of SMEs access to their management team, meeting space in their facilities and coaching in their specific supply chain requirements. The free to enter RSG mentoring scheme presents a broad range of commercial opportunities for SMEs. Benefits include:

  • Unrivalled and direct access to Top Tier companies
  • Potential to share in the ten-year, multi-billion pound UK rail investment programme
  • Direct communication routes
  • Access to clearly defined target challenges and opportunities
  • Focusing resources on the clearly defined target
  • Access support for improving the offer
  • Clear understanding of what it means to be ready and fit for rail
  • Expert support for refining and improving your SME offering
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A step towards building a bigger and more sustainable rail business. Naturally, entrants will have varying degrees of knowledge and understanding depending on the extent of their rail experience. A gap-closing process of coaching is structured to align a company with the expectations of the Top Tier mentors. SMEs will qualify for financial support to take part in these schemes.