Specialist rail systems engineering SME Motion Rail has been named the seventh fastest growing company in Wales.

Motion Rail’s ranking in this year’s Wales Fast Growth 50 guide comes hot on the heels of a number of significant industry awards for the Gwent-based company.

Motion Rail scooped the joint Growth Award in the recent RIA Rise Awards with 3Squared while company founder and CEO Emma Dymond was awarded the Inspirational Woman of the Year 2020 in the Women in Rail Awards.

The business’ not-for-profit Motion Reality won the prestigious Safety Achievement of the Year title at this year’s National Rail Awards and was highly commended in the RIA Rise Awards safety category.

“We are extremely proud that Motion Rail is the only company within the railway sector to be included in the 2020 top 50 fastest growing businesses in Wales,” comments Emma.

“Collectively, we are helping to develop a prosperous Wales and securing future employment and economic opportunities in the process.

“It is testament to the dedication and hard work of the team at Motion Rail that the company continues to grow and thrive, particularly in the light of the challenges faced by all businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Founded in 2009, SME Motion Rail specialises in integrating and modifying legacy and digital rail equipment, with solutions considering whole-life costs from design through to implementation and maintenance, ensuring value for money and delivering effective engineering.

Telecommunications engineer Emma launched the business from home, aged just 28, and now employs a full-time team and works with Jobs Growth Wales, a programme to get young people between the ages of 16 and 24 into work and has employed four trainees to date. The team has worked on several high-profile national projects including Crossrail, Thameslink, The Greater West Electrification and Liverpool Lime Street.

In 2018, the company developed a pioneering virtual reality railway in partnership with the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies, based at the University of South Wales, designed to educate about the dangers posed by railways.

Endorsed by Network Rail, not-for-profit Motion Reality was originally used to train railway workers in how to manage the hazardous environments while working on or near the tracks.

The VR and gamification technology was then adapted to be taken into schools and, to date, has educated more than 300,000 youngsters about using level crossings safely – using real-life scenarios in a safe environment.