Business support programmes

DIGI-RAIL is an ERDF-part funded project providing innovation support to eligible SMEs within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) and Sheffield City Region (SCR) areas, on developing digital products and services for the rail industry.

If your company is based in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire LEP area (D2N2) you can access similar support from the Innovate4Rail project.


Business Engagement Manager, Dr Al-Amin Dabo, gave an overview of the project at Destination Digitalisation in 2020:

DIGI-RAIL provides businesses with world-class technical expertise, demonstration facilities, access to technology providers and rail industry buyers, and facilitates small-scale collaborative R&D partnerships to develop new digital rail products and processes. You can also access commercial support towards business development and diversification ideas. We can also work with you on finding funding to take your ideas further into commercialisation.

Typical technical themes can include:

  • Future Railway Operations and Control
  • Traffic Management
  • Rolling Stock Design
  • Energy Optimisation
  • BIM
  • Smart Ticketing
  • Future Wireless Networks
  • Station Information Systems
  • IoT and Cyber Security

Who will benefit from the project?

DIGI-RAIL will provide eligible SMEs across the region with:

  • Access to world-class technical expertise  
  • Demonstration infrastructure
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Access to technology providers and rail industry buyers
  • Bespoke/1:1 consultations and diagnostic activities

 Support given on DIGI-RAIL shall be a minimum of two days and will be at no cost to the company.

Who is eligible?

SMEs in the GBSLEP, CWLEP, BCLEP and SCR areas with fewer than 250 employees, a turnover of less than 50 million Euros and who meet state aid conditions are eligible for support. Similarly, if you’re in D2N2, contact us to start your Digi-Rail journey.

Contact the DIGI-RAIL team

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