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Dinner at the Roundhouse resounding success

Last night saw the annual black tie dinner held at the famous Derby Roundhouse, where industry professionals came together to share their successes and forge new connections.

Held by Mainspring and headline sponsors Garrandale, the event was attended by hundreds of operators, manufacturers and suppliers from around the industry.

Keynote addresses were given by the Hon Anna Walker, chair of the ORR and Professor Richard Parry-Jones, chairman of Network Rail. 

Walker sought to give a positive speech on safety on the railways, urging the industry to look confidently towards the future. She said: “If we can collectively work better together, we can move forwards to a new era for the British railways.”

A four-course meal was followed by a set from comedian Ardal O’Hanlon, best known for his role as Father Dougal McGuire, and networking into the early hours. 

Dinner at the Roundhouse also supports the charity Railway Children, which provides support for street children around the world. 

The event is back next year on October 10: For more information and to book your place, contact Roy Rowlands on 0161 833 6320 or [email protected]

For a full report on the night, see the Oct/Nov edition of Rail Technology Magazine.

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Verity Greig   16/10/2012 at 11:23

It was a great evening! It would be good to see you all again this Thursday for drinks in London at the HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment, London for Hewlett Packard's Travel and Transport- Setting a Steady Course for your Mobile Strategy evening Thursday 18th October 17:15-19:00 It‘s estimated that 31 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. In the UK, smart phones and tablets are already pervasive. This creates an unprecedented opportunity to find new ways to connect to customers and to improve staff productivity. Nowhere will this have more impact than in the Travel and Transport industry. Mobile applications can personalise the journey, improve service, change behaviour and open new markets. Enterprise mobility is a game changer but must be approached strategically and aligned with core business process if it’s to be exploited fully. To discuss how mobile applications are changing customer and employee engagement, the challenges this will bring to IT and how we can help you embrace this additional opportunity, HP are holding an event for the Travel and Transport community on board the HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment, London, on Thursday 18th October from 17:15. . We will be discussing the best practices to help ensure you get the maximum return from your mobile initiatives and share customer case studies from leading travel and transport companies, how they worked with HP to implement a mobile strategy, to realise performance improvements and reduce the costs of servicing customers. The briefing will be followed at 18.30 by drinks and canapés, with plenty of time for networking. Places are limited so please register to secure your place.

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