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Supplier Excellence recognised at railway industry awards

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Winners of the Railway Industry Association’s Railway Industry Supplier Excellence (RISE) awards have been announced at RIA’s annual conference in London.

At a dinner held on 4 November 2021, the following companies were recognised by the judges:

Growth in Rail SME Award, sponsored by Siemens
Joint winners – Dura Composites and Xrail Group
“The team at Dura have created a resilient business with a product that has carbon, weight and maintenance savings. They are an inspiration to smaller companies with new and innovative products looking to enter the rail market.”
“XRail’s growth is an inspirational story of how a smaller rail business can grow overseas – which they have done very successfully.”

Environmental Sustainability, sponsored by Ricardo Rail
Atkins
“The judges thought that this was an excellent way of using a natural resource to tackle an environmental challenge and really like the efficiency and simplicity.”

Collaboration Award, sponsored by Railtex / Infrarail
Porterbrook
“A good example of collaboration to deliver on a much-needed change to reduce emissions and eliminate them in rural and station areas.”

Safety and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Alstom
Asset Insights
“It’s innovative and introduces a new solution for a day-to-day issue that is scale-able, and beneficial for passengers and all users.”

Atkins came out top in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, sponsored by Bechtel.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award, sponsored by Bechtel
Atkins
“A highly comprehensive submission showcasing an excellent series of EDI initiatives across the business.”

Unlocking Innovation Award, sponsored by Viper Innovations
One Big Circle
“It’s a unique and very good solution, used in different programmes around the industry and across multiple projects.”

Atkins’ Fi Westcough won the Future Leader Award, sponsored by mpro5.

Future Leader Award, sponsored by mpro5
Fi Westcough, Atkins
“Judges have no doubt Fi will do all she can to create the next generation of engineers, particularly female engineers. The rail industry needs more young leaders like her to get involved.”

Client of the Year Award, sponsored by RIA
Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland
“For his exemplary leadership and empowerment, Kris works with suppliers to create a truly integrated team, where you cannot tell who works for which organisation.”

Darren Caplan, Railway Industry Association.

Darren Caplan, chief executive at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Railway Industry Supplier Excellence Awards.

“Given the difficult year the country has faced, it is particularly important to pay tribute to the many rail suppliers who kept the UK rail network moving during the lockdowns and restrictions of the pandemic, allowing key workers and resources to continue travelling around the country.

“The winners of these RISE Awards demonstrate the fantastic work of the sector, across exports, innovation, equality and diversity and much more, revealing an industry that is quickly bouncing back post pandemic.

“Thank you to all who supported the awards, including our judges from across the sector. Thank you to all those who entered this year’s awards. And well done once again to all the winners!”

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