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Rail business founder named as one of Wales’ top entrepreneurs under 40

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Motion Rail founder and CEO Emma Dymond has been recognised as a driving force in the Wales business community.

The B2B magazine Insider named the founder of the rail systems engineering company as one of the top high-achieving entrepreneurs under 40 in Wales. She is one of just 25 in the country who have been given recognition as Rising Stars by the publication.

Telecommunications engineer Emma launched her business from home in 2009, aged 28. The business now employs 37 staff and has worked on several high-profile national projects including Crossrail, Thameslink and The Greater West Electrification.

This is not the first award the Gwent-based business has earned. Motion Rail was named the 2020 Blaenau Gwent Business of the Year in addition to winning the Small Business of the Year title. It was also named the seventh-fastest growing business in Wales and won the Joint Growth Award in the 2020 RIA Rise Awards.

Meanwhile, Motion Reality, the company’s not-for-profit arm which designed innovative virtual reality technology to educate school children about level crossing safety, won the Safety Achievement of the Year title at the 2020 National Rail Awards, the Rail Business Awards Education and Training Excellence award, and was highly commended in the RIA Rise Awards safety category. To date, it has educated more than 300,000 youngsters about level crossing safety.

As an individual, this is not the first time Emma has been recognised for her entrepreneurship. She has also won the prestigious title of Inspirational Woman of the Year 2020 in the Women in Rail Awards.

Emma Dymond, Motion Rail.

She said that this new accolade belongs to her whole team: “Being named one of Wales’ 25 Rising Stars is a real honour and I am very proud to be included among such an amazing group of entrepreneurs.

“But the success of Motion Rail is not about one person, it is a team effort and the company would not be where it is today without the dedication and hard work of everyone involved.

“Despite the challenges of the past 12 months, the business continues to grow and thrive.

“We remain committed to delivering innovative, safe designs and building multi-functional resilient solutions, future-proofing infrastructure across the UK rail network.”

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