DDRF Parliamentary Reception Success

12 February 2014

The DDRF represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world – there are over 100 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6 billion to the local economy.

Originally formed in 1993 to promote the area as a world class centre of rail excellence, the DDRF hosted another parliamentary reception on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at the House of Commons.  Head of Rail, Daniel Taylor and specialist recruitment consultant, Melanie Ast attended the event which took place on 11th February 2014.

Around 100 DDRF members met with Pauline Latham MP and Margaret Beckett MP to hear details of the priority that all political parties are giving to the growth of the rail industry within the UK. The UK rail supply chain currently employs 80,000 people and has a combined turnover of £7 billion. This year’s reception focused on Derby celebrating 175 years since the railway arrived into the city (see link below) and MPs backing for the HS2 Skills College to be built in Derby; it was mentioned that both leaders have requested that the Secretary of State for Transport considers building the academy locally because of Derby’s long-standing links with the rail industry which is yet more good news for the region.

Daniel commented, “Following the success of attending last year’s event, we were keen to travel back down the capital to do the same again this year. There was a definite buzz in the air following on from the recent announcement from Bombardier winning the Crossrail contract. Fingers crossed for the HS2 academy being awarded to Derby – there's no better place in the country in my opinion.”

Melanie added “With this being my first networking event since joining Ford & Stanley in January, it was a fantastic introduction to the industry and to meet some of the most influential people in rail. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.”

BLACK Derby Railway 175 LogoFor more information on the DDRF please visit www.derbyrailforum.org.uk

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