Lincoln Electric - Skills and Education Group Awards

by Admin 4. June 2021 14:35


Lincoln Electric

Rapid Welding and Lincoln Electric have enjoyed a successful relationship for over 30 years, and we are very proud to support their new educational program!

Lincoln Electric UK is embarking on a multi-faceted plan to raise welding education standards across the nation and at the heart of this, is a newly approved partnership with Skills and Education Group Awards

Skills and Education Group Awards is a leading national awarding organisation with a long-established reputation for providing high-quality support and services to the educational sector.  The partnership sees Lincoln Electric endorse Skills and Education Group Awards’ newly developed Fabrication and Welding qualifications to provide UTC’s, schools, colleges, other further education and skills providers and employers with an industry leading qualification suite.

In addition, Skills and Education Group Awards will be providing a Digital Learning platform to allow training providers to utilise the Lincoln Electric U/LINC suite of delivery materials.  This will support welding educators with the consistent delivery of training, allowing them to create bespoke training packages for individual businesses.

Commenting on the partnership, Jason Scales, Business Manager, Education for Lincoln Electric stated, “We are excited to have this partnership with Skills and Education Group Awards.  This will provide us with an incredible platform to share Lincoln Electric’s 100 plus years’ worth of knowledge in welding training, research and instruction with these institutions and redefine what a quality welding education programme should look like.”Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of Skills and Education Group Awards, added, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lincoln Electric to provide colleges, training providers and other institutions with high-quality training resources and qualifications that are designed to meet industry need.”

 If you are interested in finding out more about Lincoln's fabrication and welding qualifications, either View their offer or email the Relationship Manager at Skills and Education Group Awards >


Breathe Clean and Fresh Air with the most Versatile Optrel PAPR System

by Admin 29. March 2021 10:27

Breathe Clean and Fresh Air with the most Versatile Optrel PAPR System

The Optrel Swiss Air respiratory protection system is independent of the helmet or other equipment used and is therefore the most versatile Optrel respiratory protection system available. It can be used with a construction/industrial helmet, weldCap® or without a helmet at all. 

The Optrel swiss air respiratory protection system brings clean breathing air into your environment and lets you breathe as freely as you can otherwise only enjoy outdoors in nature. 

Many workplaces and public spaces produce pollutants such as smoke, soot particles, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, ozone or viruses that can enter the lungs through the nose, throat and trachea, causing asthma, chronic cough, bronchitis or other respiratory diseases including lung cancer. With the optrel swiss air respiratory protection system you enjoy fresh air, completely independent of your activity and your other protective equipment. It makes you independent and free. 

Take a look at the PAPR system features in this video!


Key features: 

·        TH3 certified particle master filter

·        Adjustable Air flow 100-130 l/min

·        14 hour power battery

·        Automatic altitude and temperature compensation

·        Breath supporting

·        No masks Fit Test required. 

The Optrel Swiss Air PAPR TH3 system is available to buy online at now! 

Click here for more details, or contact our sales team on, or give us a call on +44(0)23 92 214 214. 


Health & Safety Executive (HSE) eBulletin: Fabricated Metal Inspections

by Admin 4. March 2021 10:43

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) eBulletin: Fabricated Metal Inspection

On the 17th February 2021 the HSE issued an eBulletin directed at metal fabricators concerning welding fumes and metalworking fluids. As such, the HSE has written to businesses to ensure they are complying with guidance to manage the risk of associated respiratory diseases, and if your business receives a letter you should respond as soon as possible. 

 The HSE eBulletin: Fabricated Metal Inspections can be found HERE.

Managing the risk of welding fumes and metalworking fluids in your business 

Correct measures and procedures, plus provision of appropriate PPE and other relevant safety equipment must be in place to protect our workers. As a welding supplier we understand that our customers take the health and safety of their employees and themselves very seriously, and we can help in providing solutions which meet your specific needs, whether that be in the form of Air Fed Welding Helmets or Fume Extraction units. 

Creating clean air in your work environment is often possible through correct use of at-source or separate source extraction options, general ventilation and filtration systems and personal protection in the form of welding helmets; all effective methods of creating a safer work environment. 

We offer an extensive range of fume extraction equipment, which can be viewed HERE.

Our team of experienced Sales Engineers are just a call, email or click away in helping you make the best decision for yourself and your colleagues. 

For more information do not hesitate to get in touch: or call us on 02392 214 214


Vacancy - Web Content & Presentation Coordinator

by Admin 3. March 2021 10:16


Web Content & Presentation Coordinator at Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd

Location: Home based, in Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight.

Job Type: Web Content & Presentation Coordinator. 

Working Hours: 39 Hours per Week (will consider Job Share, please specify on application) Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1700 Friday 0800 to 1600 60 minutes lunch.

Salary: Initially £23000.00.

Holiday: 20 paid days per year (pro-rata for job share) + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory for business closure between Christmas & New Year).

Additional: Company clothing, IT hardware as necessary.


Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd have been in business for over 30 years and is one of the largest independent welding suppliers in the UK. From our Head Office in Portsmouth we ship welding products worldwide, on a daily basis and, with our Service Centre in Southampton, ensure we meet and exceed our customers requirements.


A Web Content & Presentation Coordinator is required for our busy, expanding, welding product supply company. This role will be home based although you may be required to occasionally travel to one of our sites in Portsmouth, Southampton or an Isle of Wight location. The focus will be on working on our website by:

• Accurately loading products on the company’s platforms (including text, pricing, key features and images). 

• Maintaining and improving design.

• Ensuring continuity of presentation and ease of usability.

• As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS for Web Content & Presentation Coordinator


• Ability to ensure attention to detail and high quality work on a consistent basis (ESSENTIAL)

• Excellent copywriting with a high-level competency in English grammar and punctuation (ESSENTIAL)

• Strong proof-reading skills • An aptitude to learn new software and system

• Have a flair for identifying trends • Ability to follow instructions

• Ability to work in a team and to work independently when required

• Ability to use common sense • Good communication skills

• Good mathematic skills

• Any other tasks my be required to be performed as necessary

Reference ID: WEBCO1 


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


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Vacancy: Electrical Maintenance Engineer

by Admin 18. February 2021 13:40

Electrical Maintenance Engineer

Southampton, Hampshire
Full-time, Permanent
Salary: £23,000.00 to £24,500.00 /year 

Electrical Maintenance Engineer at Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd

Location: Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire

Job Type: Electrical Maintenance Engineer

Working Hours: 43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730 and Friday 0800 to 1600, 30 minutes lunch

Salary: Initially £23000.00 to £24500.00 depending on experience + Bonus Scheme (subject to initial probation of 3 months)

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

Additional: Company clothing, PPE and tools supplied.


Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd have been in business for over 30 years and are one of the largest independent welding suppliers in the UK. From our Head Office in Portsmouth we ship welding plant and consumables, worldwide, on a daily basis whilst our Service Centre in Hedge End, Southampton provides factory trained service engineers to meet our customers requirements.


An Electrical Maintenance Engineer is required for our busy, expanding, welding machine supply company and will be based at our busy workshop at Hedge End, the focus will be:

· Servicing and repairing of welding and welding related equipment.

· Visiting customers sites to carry out servicing/validation/repairs.

· As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.

· On the job and manufacture training will be provided.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS for Electrical Maintenance Engineer

· Electronics/Industrial Controls: 1 year (Required)

· Experienced in electronics / industrial controls. We can teach the electrical requirements for welding machines, so experience working with welding plant, whilst desirable, is not essential.

· Welding plant: 1 year (Preferred)

· Minimum C grade in GCSE Maths & Science

· Qualifications in an electrical or mechanical discipline would be beneficial.

· IT literate.

· Calm under pressure.

· 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.

· Driving licence required

All applications (with CV) to


Prepared for Brexit

by Admin 12. February 2021 10:58


Prepared for Brexit




Rapid Welding has been importing and exporting goods for over a decade, and these years of experience helped us prepare for January 1st 2021, putting us in the best possible position to enable our customers and ourselves to trade competitively, quickly and easily, as the UK moves forward independent of the EU.


Brexit has proved, and indeed continues to prove, a challenging time. In line with many companies we have, unfortunately, been experiencing delays in receiving supplies and with our European customers receiving their orders.  We share our customers’ and suppliers’ frustrations with these delays but are positive these will ease as the weeks progress and lessons are learnt.

Continuity of supply is our upmost priority, and the couriers we use are carefully chosen for their experience, expertise and professionalism. Much of the feedback we have received post January 1st refers positively to the service we continue to offer.

·   France - Good experience, team listening with quick answers like sending despite the holiday season and Brexit. Very satisfied.

·   Norway - Great product and price, and fast shipping to Norway and great to do shopping with Great Britain after Brexit.

·   Greece - Very good service from the store staff. Large variety of products in branded companies. Top quality products at good prices. Very fast transfer in 6 working days I received the products. Very good store!

·   Sweden - Very fast shipping to Sweden.

·   The Netherlands - I was well advised via chat, delivery to Netherlands was very quickly and relative cheap. 

Our key logistics and sales personnel have been taking courses in many areas regarding the import and export of supplies - including invoice information, customs duties and goods origins - to prevent delays at border controls with both our goods. We now also have an external Export Manager who is helping our team with any new compliance we need to carry out.

We will continue to work closely with our customers and suppliers and look forward to providing the best experience possible when choosing your welding supplies.


For any more information, you may contact us at or call us on +44 (0)2392 214 214. Alternatively, you can click here to visit our website.


Lincoln Electric: Powertec Series

by Admin 19. January 2021 09:57

Designed with welders, for welders: The Lincoln Electric Powertec range is the ideal solution for industrial applications.


With its integrated and compact body, the Powertec series is the latest in inverter based compact welders for MIG/MAG and MMA welding. Developed and tested under the hardest industrial conditions, these welding machines offer perfect handling and can be used for both MIG & Stick welding of steel, stainless steel, aluminium as well as for MIG brazing applications. 

Built with the latest in high frequency inverter technology, the Powertec’s arc is accurately controlled and is many times faster than most conventional and similar power sources.

Powertec MIG inverters make the most of the latest power source technology, focusing on efficiency and lower energy consumption. The characteristics of the welding power can be changed via software in electrical real time updates, and the wide range of synergic programs available as standard, offering easy to use settings, simple navigation and multi-language features, allow the operator to have precise control of welding parameters for the best results every time. 

Our featured products: 

The Lincoln Powertec i320C Advanced Mig Welder Package with LGS2 360 4m Torch, 400v 3ph: Here

The air cooled ready to weld package which includes the Lincoln Powertec i420S MIG Welder Power Source, LF-52D Standard Digital Wire Feeder and 4m Lincoln LGS2 360 Air Cooled MIG Gun: Here

To view the full range, visit Rapid online: Here

If you’d like more information about Lincoln Powertec Welders, you can contact us by email: or give us a call on +44 (0)23 92 214 214 

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COVID-19 Update: January 2021

by Admin 15. January 2021 09:25
COVID-19 Update: January 2021
In light of the recent Government announcement we wish to reassure our customers that we are open for business, offering welding guidance, taking orders and despatching as normal.
As many of you will be aware, Rapid Welding has been a Critical Supplier throughout the pandemic under the UK MOD Programme, and we are proud to be able to continue to support our colleagues, customers and industry during this difficult period.
If you’d like more information please do not hesitate to contact us by email: or call us on +44 (0)23 92 214 214.
The Rapid Welding online shop is open as normal:

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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.

Click here to shop.





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.

Click here to shop.


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.

Click here to shop.

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.”



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