The Rail Business Awards (RBA) created in 1997 by Woodhouse Communications, was the rail industry’s first national awards to recognise and reward business success, now its longest running business awards .

Between 1997 and 2015 Woodhouse developed the RBA into one of the industry’s top award programmes, regularly attracting over 800 guests to the Awards dinner held every February since 2003 at London’s Park Lane hotels Grosvenor and Hilton.

During this period it has attracted major sponsors such as HSBC, Network Rail, Bombardier, Hitachi, Ricardo and Interfleet Technology. Companies from within and suppliers to the rail industry regularly enter the awards.

In 2012, the awards programme was given an additional boost with a new campaign of emails, social media and telemarketing. The aim was to secure new sponsors and more entries.  A new media partner Railway Gazette international also joined the team.

The campaign was successful with a 30% increase in entries on the previous year, three additional sponsors signed that year and more after and a complete sell out on table sales.

In 2015 ownership of the Rail Business Awards transferred from Woodhouse to its media partner’s parent company, DVV Media UK Ltd, but Woodhouse still supplies advice and support to the Awards programme.