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Rail Alliance, BCRRE and Crowe “Prepare for Brexit Workshops”

The Rail Alliance, supported by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) is running a series of free “Brexit-Ready” workshops across the country aimed at businesses in the rail and transport manufacturing sectors and supply chain.

BCRRE Rail Alliance rail supply-chain experts, alongside Rail Forum Midlands and leading audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, will run the specialist workshops, which will encourage businesses to prepare for the changes that Brexit will bring.

The workshops will provide practical, straightforward guidance and take-away actions in the fields of business process and regulation, and will include planning for all Brexit scenarios. We will discuss the changes Brexit could have on businesses, including the impact on supply chains, VAT and tariffs, people matters, cross-border trade and cash flow management/finance

Rachel Eade MBE, Business Engagement Manager at the University of Birmingham said, “The Rail Alliance is committed to supporting the rail and transport sectors supply chain with up-to-date information and access to support in this quickly changing arena. Understanding the actions required and being able to prioritise them is essential for all businesses.”

The half day workshops will take place in the following locations and dates:

  • Monday 7 October, Crowe offices, Oldbury, West Midlands
  • Wednesday 9 October, Rail Forum Midlands, University of Derby
  • Monday 14 October, Crowe offices, London
  • Tuesday 15 October, Crowe offices, Reading
  • Thursday 17 October, Acuity Law offices, Cardiff
  • Monday 21 October, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
  • Wednesday 23 October, Crowe offices, Manchester
  • Thursday 24 October, The Earl Hotel, Doncaster
  • Thursday 24 October, National Railway Museum, York.

Jonathan Dudley, Midlands & South West Managing Partner, Crowe said, “Brexit will present possibly the biggest peacetime challenge to business in modern times and it’s therefore essential to be prepared for all eventualities. We are delighted to help businesses in the Rail and wider sectors to identify the pitfalls and plan routes to avoid them.”

Elaine Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Forum Midlands said: “These Brexit preparedness events are really important and we would strongly encourage our members and the wider supply chain to take advantage of them. We all need to be ready for 31st October!”

Our workshops will be of value to individuals of all levels and experience as we will cover both strategic steps as well as possible actions that can be implemented prior to Brexit.

To find out more and register for a workshop visit:


About the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and the Rail Alliance:

We are enabling the rail industry to prosper – from training future generations of railway engineers to developing world-leading technologies, we collaborate with industry and academia to drive rail innovation globally.

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), part of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham, is the largest university-based centre for railway research, education and innovation in Europe.  With more than 160 researchers and staff developing world-leading new technologies and products for trains, railway systems and infrastructure alongside renowned global higher education programmes. Our focal points of world-class education, research and innovation in all aspects of rail technology will deliver more reliable and efficient railway systems across the UK and throughout the world.

As part of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), a unique partnership between industry and academia, we lead on the Centre for Excellence in Digital Systems. By working with other universities and industry we are delivering a step change in rail transport through the development and application of digital technologies.

In 2018, we incorporated the Rail Alliance into BCRRE.  Rail Alliance is a key part of BCRRE and provides B2B networking and enterprise support to the rail industry.  We have a community of over 550 organisations spanning the entire supply chain as well as a growing number of international members.

The Rail Alliance is also a founding member of the European Rail Clusters Initiative which was established to enable collaboration between rail cluster networks and provide greater support and networking between their member organisations.

About Crowe
Crowe UK is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, the eighth largest accounting network in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

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Date and Time: 07-24/10/2019,  


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