The RailStaff Awards 2022

RailStaff Awards 2022

Information about the event

The RailStaff Awards - Thursday 24th November 2022 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Introducing your host

Comedy fans will be delighted to learn that the host of this year's Awards is none other than comedian and actor Ed Byrne, a regular face on the satirical panel game Mock the Week. More than this, Ed has had a long career in comedy, enjoying huge critical and popular success in the UK and Ireland.

As well as appearing on television, radio, and the big screen, Ed has performed on hit tours, and countless sold-out stints at the Edinburgh Fringe, being nominated for the Perrier Award in 1998. He has also achieved the comedian’s dream and developed a huge international following, performing to sold-out venues in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Bermuda, Norway, Switzerland and more. In North America, Ed has made has several appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, appeared at top comedy clubs in New York and LA, and performed at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Speaking of which…

Welcome to our ski resort!

The shimmering mountains and log cabins of our bustling alpine party village will provide the inspiration for this year’s Awards.

On the night, guests will make an entrance through a forest of snow-dusted fir trees, lit in the cool tones of a winter’s evening. Once inside they can choose to meet friends for cocktails in the venue’s double-storey ski lodge, or make their way straight to the main bar to mingle.

When everyone has taken their seats for dinner, the evening’s entertainment will begin, and world-class circus entertainers will perform impossible feats to a backdrop of fire, flames, and a dazzling light display. After this epic stage show has come to a climatic end, the awards ceremony will begin and Ed will work his magic on the room, running through the various categories.

Once every category winner has been named and welcomed on stage to thunderous applause, the real party begins, as a raft of after-dinner entertainment appears to take your experience into the early hours.

With casino tables open, indoor fairground rides will burst into life and – while some may choose to take coffee and chocolates with friends – the dance floor will open for those with more energy. After all, the night is still young!

Gemma King, event organiser at Rail Media, said: “Where has the time gone? It only seems like yesterday that we welcomed 900 colleagues to the 'Moroccan Nights' to crown 2019’s rail industry heroes.

“With all of the smiles, laughter and good times that it brings, the RailStaff Awards is one of my favourite nights of the year. I’ve no doubt this year’s will be yet another special occasion.”


About the night

On arrival, you will be shown into the drinks reception, where you will have the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues before being seated at your table to commence your meal followed by an enjoyable evening of fantastic entertainment and of course, the Award presentations.


Dress Code

Dress to impress. Black Tie, Lounge Suits, Kilts and Cocktail Dresses


Timings for the evening

18.00 VIP Guest Arrival & Drinks Reception with canapes

18.00 Guest Arrival & Drinks Reception

19.00 Dinner

21.00 Entertainment & Awards Presentation (with interval)

23.15 Disco & Fairground Rides

24.00 Midnight Breakfast

01:00 Carriages


The Menu



Mini poppadom’s with a spiced carrot relish DF/GF/VG

Air dried British ham on crostini with caramelised fig, apple and pear chutney

Traditional roast beef with horseradish mash in a baby Yorkshire pudding

Mac ‘n’ cheese in a Japanese bread crumb V



Roasted butternut squash and carrot soup topped with toasted croutons V/GF/DF/VG

Baked salmon fillet glazed with sweet chilli and fresh lime, on a nest of fine oriental rice noodles and vegetables GF/DF



Pan-fried chicken with a festive stuffing, pig in blanket, creamed parsley potato, honey glazed carrot & parsnip, green beans and a pan jus GFA/DFA

Portobello mushroom with a bean and lentil cassoulet on a sweet potato and celeriac rosti, served with roasted vegetables and a tomato and red pepper sauce V/DF/GF/VG



Decadent Chocolate truffle brownie torte with fresh berries & raspberry coulis V/GF/DF/VG

Indulgent sticky toffee pudding served with hot salted caramel sauce

A selection of cheese, biscuits & homemade chutney



Coffee and chocolates from stations around the room



Crispy bacon in floured rolls GFA

Vegan sausages in floured rolls V/GFA/DF/VG


V – Vegetarian GF – Gluten Free DF – Dairy Free VG – Vegan

GFA – Gluten Free Available DFA – Dairy Free Available


Have you already booked a table/ticket for the RailStaff Awards? Then please let us know your attendee names and your dietary requirements/food choices by 15th November, unless you have already done so. Directly to: [email protected] or call us on 01530 816456


Special Dietary Requirements

If you or your guests have any special dietary requirements, please mention this when booking.  

Full allergen details are available on request.


Pre-order Drinks

A mobile app will be available on the evening, you are able to order and pay over the app and the drinks will come straight to the table. Please see the event brochure on your table for further details.