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THOUGHTPIECES

The Rail Innovation Group advocates improvements to help diversify rail's supply chain
Recent reports, scroll down to read more
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SMALL VOICES ASK FOR BIG CHANGES...
IMPROVING THE INNOVATION
FUNDING ECOSYSTEM

PARCELS AS PASSENGERS...
AN EXPLORATION OF THE RAIL
NETWORK'S ROLE IN THE SUSTAINABLE DELIVERY OF PARCELS

SMALL VOICES EXPANDING HORIZONS...
REFLECTING UK START UPS
INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

SMALL VOICES EXPANDING HORIZONS...

REFLECTING UK START UPS INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

Our latest thoughtpiece sheds light on the successes and challenges faced by our members as they venture into international markets. The report draws on research and firsthand accounts to highlight the strategic approaches, partnerships, and innovations that have enabled our members to overcome barriers and succeed internationally.

We look forward to engaging with government and policymakers to ensure that the needs and concerns of small tech and digital businesses are prioritised  to create a supportive environment that enables our members to thrive.

The report offers an overview of the global digital and technology emerging markets and uses case studies and feedback to serve as a guide for small companies who aspire to expand internationally.

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SMALL VOICES ASK FOR BIG CHANGES...

IMPROVING THE INNOVATION FUNDING ECOSYSTEM

Innovation is all about considering new ideas & ways of working, at the Rail Innovation Group we strive to make sure that our work streams reflect this. Our members are micro, start up & SME businesses, who enter the rail supply chain - or try to enter it - by bringing approaches & products to market through the support provided by various (mostly public) funding streams.

 

This snapshot report is the result of conversations we’ve had with our members, its purpose is to start a discussion between industry & government/funders.

The Rail Innovation Group set out to consider some of these issues, speaking to a cohort of our community to explore:

Why small businesses have not found the ‘funding ecosystem’ easy to navigate?

Why funding doesn’t necessarily result in new products & processes being brought into the market as expected?

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PARCELS AS PASSENGERS

AN EXPLORATION OF THE RAIL NETWORK'S ROLE IN THE SUSTAINABLE DELIVERY OF PARCELS.

Ahead of COP 26, we've launched our exploration into the potential for expanding the use of the existing rail network to facilitate the faster & more sustainable delivery of smaller & medium sized parcels.

  • Passenger trains must be part of the move to sustainable parcel delivery

  • The move could support passenger train revenues

  • Parcels arriving into stations close to where people live & work - meaning that cargo bikes can be used for the last mile

  • We must all work better together to decarbonise

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The Rail Innovation Group believes that there is the opportunity for rail to provide long distance routes, which are much faster than the road network, which could then be complimented with the use of e-cargo bikes at each end point for the last mile/ first mile delivery & pick up/ returns in towns & cities. This is already being done in some areas of the country, but there is potential to expand this approach across the wider rail sector.

International Report
Funding Report
Parcels as Passengers
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