November Special Offers!

by Admin 19. November 2020 13:38

Christmas has come early with all these great prices and special offers!


FRONIUS TransSteel 3000C Pulse Mig Welder Package 



What a Welder, what a Package, what a Discount.

Use 'PULSE20' to receive a 20% discount.

Offer valid until 31/12/2020 and whilst stock lasts.

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Special offer on 110v drill - Comes included with a carrying case, chuck adaptor, a safety belt, coolant equipment and an operating manual.

The ALFRA ROTABEST RB35B is a standard metal cutting, magnetic base core drill that is ideal for users in operations such as heavy-duty drilling or tapping. With the use of a drill chuck adaptor, this machine can hold a short drill bit with a maximum of ½”. The unit is fitted with a grease gearbox, self-adjusting slide and smooth start, soft touch grips, an ergonomic switch keypad and is constructed with optimization for weight and performance.

For the technical specification and to buy now, click here.



Lincoln Viking 3250D FGS



The Single Helmet Solution

The Lincoln Viking 3250D FGS features world class optic technology designed to improve work quality, safety and to reduce eye strain. Unlike auto darkening filters, the 4C lens technology expands the colour range and hues to be able to be in seen in both light and dark shades. This itself removes imperfections and colour saturation to create the clearest view of the base material, arc, and puddle as possible.  Great package which includes 2 inner, 5 outer extra cover lenses, bandana, helmet Sport-Pak bag, replaceable lithium battery, side window covers and accessory stickers.

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Lincoln Electric TIGMANIA - 10% Off



It’s Lincoln Electric TIGMANIA!  Get an extra 10% off NINE different models, use TIGMANIA10 at checkout!

  Offer valid until 31/12/2020 and whilst stock lasts.

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Meet the team - Darren

by Admin 19. November 2020 13:36



We’d like to welcome Darren to the Rapid family!  Darren joined our team last month to work in our busy accounts section and comments “still being very much in my learning phase, I'm definitely enjoying my time here and have found everyone to be friendly and welcoming - having Portchester Castle more or less on the doorstep is pretty fantastic too. Outside of Rapid, you can usually find me in the middle of nowhere with a telescope or running around like an idiot with my daughters.”



Extra Cutting Power, Extra Performance and ** Free Accessory Kit **

by Admin 20. October 2020 14:06


Extra Cutting Power, Extra Performance and ** Free Accessory Kit **

The Lincoln range is very popular with our industrial and automotive customers and offer 2 YEAR PARTS & LABOUR WARRANTY. The most flexible plasma cutting machines you could envisage; the units arrive ready to go, able to cut fast and precisely.

Each machines comes with

·        Input cable (3m)

·        Work clamp and cable assembly

·        Hand cutting torch - 3m for PC210, 7.5m for Tomahawk 1025 & 1538

·        Air Connection Kit

·        FREE Cutting torch accessory kit (see above)


You can shop the Lincoln Range online by clicking here

For Lincoln Electric Tech Tips: Plasma Cutting Basics – click here to watch their video!


Do you know if present airflow in your extraction system is strong enough?

by Admin 20. October 2020 14:00

Introducing the FlowGuard airflow sensor for extraction arms, from Plymovent.




Available to shop online now. Click here.

Health and safety regulations such as the British Health and Safety Executive HSG 258 guideline ‘controlling airborne contaminants at work’ require, among other things, that users of welding fume extraction systems have the right to know if they are using proper extraction equipment.

FlowGuard is a sensor to check and indicate whether the airflow in your welding fume extraction system is adequate. FlowGuard can be mounted on an extraction arm, but also suits any other extraction device.

High-quality extraction systems ensure that welding fumes do not reach the welder’s breathing zone. FlowGuard indicates if the present airflow in your extraction system is strong enough. A green LED indicates whether the airflow is OK and a red LED indicates if the airflow dropped below the set values.

For the technical specification and further information, click here.


Vacancy - Dispatch Warehouse Operative

by Rapid Welding 7. October 2020 12:13

Dispatch Warehouse Operative

WORKING HOURS: 43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730, Friday 0800 to 1600. You must also have the flexibility to work extra hours. 30 minutes paid lunch

SALARY: £20858.24 pa including paid lunch.

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

** Candidates MUST have a Full Driving Licence, you will be based at the warehouse and will provide cover for fellow stores people / delivery drivers when required **


We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative

Successful candidates will predominately work as a Dispatch Warehouse Operative and overflow delivery driver. You will also provide holiday relief cover for stores colleagues. You will need to have a Full Driving Licence and the flexibility to go out on deliveries at short notice.

Working as the Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will work within a team to ensure that all goods are put away correctly, and orders are picked, checked, and dispatched correctly.

As a Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will support the smooth running of the warehouse and be responsible for preparing paperwork, to deadlines, to support courier deliveries

You should have excellent time management skills and customer service skills, as you will be required to serve on the trade counter while meeting daily deadlines.


Dispatch Warehouse Operative duties and responsibilities include:

  • The correct receiving and putting away of supplier deliveries.
  • The correct picking, checking and packing of sales orders.
  • Completing any relevant documentation required for national and international deliveries.
  • Working in a timely and efficient manner, complying with customer deadlines.
  • Picking up on any overflow deliveries.
  • Serving customers on the Trade Counter.
  • Assisting drivers with the loading of vehicles when necessary.
  • Good level of computer literacy. 
  • Full driving licence
  • Anticipate, respond to and seek to exceed the expectations of existing and potential customers
  • Show support for business values and demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity
  • Respond positively to changing business circumstances and readily adapt behaviour to maintain effective performance
  • Be able to work in a well-structured manner with strong organisational skills
  • Ensure tasks are completed by set timescales, accurately and with an attention to detail
  • Build and maintain good working relationships, able to communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders 
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • An industrial warehousing background although this is not essential
A current forklift licence would be advantageous but this is not essential.

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to


Vacancy - Accounts Ledger Assistant

by Rapid Welding 7. October 2020 11:51


Accounts Ledger Assistant

WORKING HOURS: 38.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0830 to 1730, Friday 0830 to 1600. 60 minutes lunch 

SALARY: £18000.00

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)


Experienced Accounts Ledger Clerks preferably with Microsoft Navision experience required for our busy, expanding company.

Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be:

  • To assist Accounts Administrator with the daily running of the accounts function within our business.
  • To include processing sales & purchase ledger entries, filing, scanning and general account office duties
  • Resolve accounts/billing queries from customers
  • Assist with fraud prevention checks
  • Credit control
  • Data Entry
  • As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.


  • Accounts/Ledger department experience essential, minimum 2 years.
  • ‘C’ grade GCSE in Mathematics and English Language
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) essential, Microsoft Navision a benefit
  • Online payment processing i.e. Paypal, would be advantageous
  • Export document experience would be beneficial
  • Calm under pressure – strict deadlines to be met.
  • Attention to detail & accuracy essential.
  • Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.
  • The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service.
  • Discretion – as this role includes access to sensitive business and personal information, a high level of integrity and confidentiality is essential.


To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to



Rapid’s New Sticker Collection Coming Soon!

by Rapid Welding 17. September 2020 12:06

Rapid’s New Sticker Collection Coming Soon!

Rapid are excited to announce that we will soon be releasing our very own sticker collection!

A cool addition to our own merchandise, we know that welders love to be creative and have seen a trend of personalising welding equipment, from customised helmets and machines to workshops and vans or trucks.

We are therefore thrilled to be offering something unique for our Rapid customers!

Here’s a sneak preview of one of our stickers in the 4 piece collection!

Available soon!


Meet the team – Marianne

by Rapid Welding 19. August 2020 12:08

Meet the team – Marianne

After 22 years at Rapid, mainly working in Sales, Marianne now looks after Rapid's HR and oversees the Credit Control team. Not adverse to taking on new challenges, earlier this year Marianne took on the Marketing role within the company, too!

“It’s been hugely rewarding to watch Rapid grow from when I first started in 1998 when there was just 12 of us to the 40 strong team I work with now," Marianne says. "There have been many changes over the years and trying times but I will always be Team Rapid!”

Interesting fact: Marianne just loves walking, more walking & then walking a little more, taking on several Ultra events each year and has raised thousands of pounds for several charities over the years. When not walking, it’s spending time with friends, paddle boarding, skiing and horse-riding - which keeps Marianne happy and healthy.


The History of the Iconic ‘Rosie The Riveter’

by Rapid Welding 3. August 2020 13:28

The History of the Iconic ‘Rosie The Riveter’


The "We Can Do It!" poster, which years later became widely recognised as the uplifting image of “Rosie The Riveter”, was one of a number of works produced by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller in 1943 for Westinghouse Electric, an American manufacturing company making turbines, generators and motors.   

Evidence suggests the poster was aimed at inspiring the internal workforce at Westinghouse and to boost morale during the war effort, not as a wider/national recruitment tool for women to fill the vacant positions in factories left by men enlisted to help the war effort, as some believe. In fact, the “We Can Do It” poster was only displayed for a short period at Westinghouse during the February of 1943, before disappearing for nearly four decades! (!)

Although there was originally a case of mistaken identity over who the young female worker in the poster was, there is evidence to suggest it was a young lady named Naomi Parker. Naomi, along with her sister, Ada, worked on aircraft assembly at the Alameda Naval Air Station. A photograph, taken in early 1942 of her operating a machine tool is now thought to be the source of Miller’s vision, although this cannot be confirmed.

Whoever the young lady was who provided the inspiration, it is clear that “Rosie the Riveter” is an image that has stood the test of time, still widely used today as a representation of strength, motivation and empowerment of women.  Makes you wonder if J. Howard Miller knew when putting pen to paper that the female image depicted in the poster he would create would eventually become not only the cultural icon of WW2; a much loved representation of the remarkable women who worked in factories and shipyards during this time, but also the embodiment of strong women in the modern era.


Women in Welding History: The “Shipyard Girls” of WW2

by Rapid Welding 3. August 2020 13:20

Women in Welding History: The “Shipyard Girls” of WW2


By mid-1943, almost ’90 per cent of single women and 80 per cent of married women were working in factories, on the land or in the armed forces, filling vital roles while men were required to go to war ( These jobs included women stepping into positions that had never been available to them before – such were the traditions at the time, becoming engineers, ship builders, working in factories making aircraft parts and producing munitions.

Some of the roles, like welding, came after quick training but required long, labour intensive shifts throughout the night, such as on the ship building yards. Other women undertook difficult and dangerous roles carried out with little safety equipment or PPE, all the while under the threat of air raids. One standout fact when reading into the history of women at this time, is the strong sense of duty and camaraderie shared with fellow workers, often forging unbreakable friendships that would see them through the hardships they faced on a daily basis.

Nancy Revell’s, ‘The Shipyard Girls’ series of books explores the subject of women on the home-front during WW2. Born into a family of shipbuilders in Sunderland, Nancy was struck by what she found during her research; the black and white images of women on overalls, welding masks and gloves, stepping into new roles such as welding and riveting, but at the same time forging strong friendships with their workmates.

Despite the lack of historical recognition many of these woman received for their role in the war effort, it’s impossible not to be impressed with how they stepped away from their previous lives into what were at the time considered jobs for men, creating a shift in the perceptions of women workers and forever changing the world of work for women.

Fast forward to today, women are actively encouraged to look at opportunities within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with exposure to these avenues starting from a young age in schools. Supporting learning and encouraging participation provides all the right ingredients for those interested in STEM activities to hopefully pursue a career in this field. 


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