Railway Industry Association
Small Business Showcase

Railway Industry Association - Small Business Showcase at RSN 2023

“The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is delighted to be back supporting Rolling Stock Networking. 


We’re excited to be organising the ‘RIA small business showcase, providing high quality market access opportunities to our smaller RIA Members.


It is undoubtedly the case that SME’s and micro companies contribute strongly to the railway with specialist products, innovative products new inventions or dependable everyday products and services.


The RIA Small Business Showcase is designed to provide the platform for these companies to exhibit alongside the industry giants, providing an inclusive opportunity to make contacts, build relationships and increase market share.  The economic benefits of developing SME’s is proven to increase employment, create high quality jobs and support the government in its aims for economic recovery and growth.


RIA hopes to bring these suppliers to RSN in force. Make sure you come along to see them and take part in this essential event!”


Gaynor Pates, Operations Director, Railway Industry Association

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Grace Smithen our Marketing and Events Manager will be contacting our smaller RIA members to offer them the opportunity to take part in the RIA Small Business Showcase.

To contact Grace Directly see the email address in the section below.

Exhibit at RIA’s Small Business Showcase at RSN!


Members of the RIA’s SME and Midlands & Eastern Leadership Groups will come together to support the newest and smallest businesses to grow in Rail.


We are delighted to launch our Small Business Showcase, which offers smaller companies with an affordable opportunity to exhibit at Rolling Stock Networking (RSN) on Thursday 6 July 2023.


RIA is offering half-day exhibition slots for SMEs with an annual UK rail turnover of up to £2M.


Exhibit for just £335 + VAT


Available timeslots: 9:30-12:30 or 12:30-15:30


What you get


2 x 2m space, (location and timeslots are first-come, first-served)


5-minute spotlight pitch


1x pop-up banner including your logo image and strapline, headed with ‘RIA small business showcase’ branding


Promotion through RIA’s social media, website and relevant newsletters


Support from the RIA team and our member-led leadership groups for SMEs in the region




This is open to RIA’s SME members, with an annual UK rail turnover of up to £2M


If you are not a RIA member, but you are interested, please contact us.




Grace Smithen, Marketing & Events Manager 


About Railway Industry Association


RIA is the voice of the UK rail supply community; the national trade association for UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. 

Established in 1875, RIA has over 320 member companies from across the supply chain, over 60% of which are small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Our member companies represent a large proportion of the rail industry by turnover, reflect a great diversity of disciplines within the sector and cover the lengths and breadths of the UK.  

We support the delivery of a bigger and better rail industry, representing the sector as an essential generator of economic growth, jobs and investment, supporting a low carbon form of mass transit for communities across the UK.

Our highly-regarded, passionate, expert team works on behalf of our members, to shape the industry through:

•            Exporting and international opportunities in rail
•            Technical, environmental and safety developments in rail
•            Innovation, technology and rail research
•            Rail Policy in the UK and Europe
•            Public Affairs and lobbying on rail issues


RIA engages throughout the year with hundreds of stakeholders, including Ministers and civil servants in Government, in particular at the Departments for Transport (DfT); Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); and International Trade (DIT). We also work with all major rail clients across the UK. These include: Network Rail, Transport Scotland, Transport for Wales, HS2, Transport for London (TfL), East West Rail, and many others. We are active in all regions and nations of the UK, hosting events and advocating both for our members and for the wider rail supply community.

Our members also benefit from access to daily online updates and about 100 quality networking events per year, plus preferential hire of our rooms and event space in London.


RIA collaborates with a range of industry partners to help drive positive change in our sector, on areas such as decarbonisation, innovation, equality and diversity or supporting SMEs.

Our Articles of Association set out how RIA is governed by its members through a Board of rail supply chain leaders from the various sub sectors such as rolling stock, infrastructure, SMEs and consultants.


Learn More about Railway Industry Association