*** Vacancy *** Dispatch Warehouse Operative

by Rapid Welding 26. May 2017 14:50


Dispatch Warehouse Operative


Location: Cosham, Hampshire.

Working Hours: 45 Hours per Week, Monday to Friday (0800 to 1730). You must also have the flexibility to work extra hours. 30 minutes paid lunch.

Salary: c£18525 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. You will also provide holiday relief cover for stores colleagues and delivery drivers. 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.
  • Serving customers on the Trade Counter.
  • Assisting drivers with the loading of vehicles when necessary.
  • Very occasionally covering absence of delivery drivers.


  • 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, although this is not essential.


To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies@rapidwelding.com 

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ESAB Sentinel A50 Auto Darkening Welding Helmet, now available from Rapid

by Rapid Welding 27. March 2017 13:36

Introducing the ESAB Sentinel A50 Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet

 The ESAB Sentinel A50 - Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

If you're after crystal clear visibility and amazing comfort from your welding helmet, then it might be worth checking out the new ESAB Sentinel.

Incorporating next generation technology, the Sentinel features adjustable 5 point head gear ensuring an individual fit for a range of different head sizes, intuitive colour touchscreen controls, an external grind button, and a low profile, streamlined exterior providing maximum head clearance - ideal if you're working in confined spaces! The sweeping design across the helmet also means extra light is allowed in when welders are in grind mode, further enhancing the 100 x 60 mm visual field/viewing area by increasing visibility and clarity.

This product is also supplied with both a clear and a yellow lens. 


Revolutionary shell design. High impact resistance Nylon.

Ergonomic, infinitely- adjustable 5 point head gear for comfort and balance. 

Low profile design and central pivot point allows for maximum head clearance while helmet is in the 'up' position.

Externally activated grind button. Shade 3 Grind Mode.

Colour touch screen control panel.


Viewing area 100 x 60 mm

Lens shade: DIN 5-8/9-13

Power Supply: Solar cell plus battery (2*CR2450 Lithium) Alerts when battery low. 

Switch Time: 1/25,000 s. from Light to Dark

Classification: 1/1/1/2

Standards: DIN plus, CE, EN175, EN 379, EN166, ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3, AS/NZS1338.1

Weight: 640 g


The ESAB Sentinal A50 Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet is now readily available from Rapid.

ESAB is a world leader in welding and cutting, and we are proud that Rapid has been officially appointed as a distributor of this and other major brands.  

If you require further information on this or any of the products we supply, please click HERE to visit our website. Alternatively why not contact an experienced member of our team who will be happy to help answer all your questions, you can do this via our website/online chat facility, or by ringing +44 02392 214 214.

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Supporting Local Charities

by Rapid Welding 21. February 2017 13:59

It's about this time every year that the whole Rapid Welding/RentArc family is drafted in to putting forward nominations for the chosen charity for which we aim to raise money; it could be any cause, and all suggestions are welcomed.

In 2016, the charity with the most nominations was the very worthwhile Guide Dogs for the Blind Portsmouth & District. We ran several fundraising events, housed a life size Guide Dog in the office for a year - said doggy was very affectionately named Penny and became Scarlet's best bud, and we even had two incredible individuals who shall not remain nameless - Karen & Charlotte, run 10k for this fantastic cause, even managing to raise £559.00 through Just Giving in the process! (Read about our 10k super girls HERE). 

There are a number of volunteer fundraising branches of Guide Dogs nationwide. Our local branch is Portsmouth & District, and their Treasurer, Denise Allen, recently popped in to the office for a welcome visit and also to retrieve "Penny" after our year of fundraising. Denise and others in the Portsmouth Branch also supported us throughout the year in various ways, with a visit from a Guide Dog and Puppy - which as you can imagine brought the office to a stand still, and they even raced alongside Karen & Charlotte in the 10k - albeit Denise & co were wearing a dog suit!
"Rapid Welding's support during 2016 has been phenomenal, and we are so grateful to all the staff and management for their time and efforts. Guide Dogs for the Blind do not receive any Central or Local Government funding to help provide their iconic Guide Dogs and other supporting mobility services, so it is only with the amazing support of companies and individuals undertaking group and individual fundraising campaigns, collections, and sporting challenges such as these, that we can ensure our pledge to provide every visually impaired person with support for as long as they require and request it. Every Guide Dog costs in the region of £55k throughout its training and working life, and the charity is committed to continue to provide support to their current Guide Dog Owners and extend the provision in the future. It could not be done without the unfailing support of its volunteer body of puppy walkers, boarders, fundraisers and campaigners, nor the tremendous support of companies such as Rapid Welding."
                                                                                                               Denise Allen 

If you have a few moments, please do follow this link to the Guide Dogs for the Blind website to show your support and read about the fantastic work this charity does - www.guidedogs.org.uk  
£1024.46 - Yes, that’s what we raised in 2016 for Guide Dogs for the Blind, so here's a huge thank you and well done to everyone - especially Karen & Charlotte!

This year we once again welcomed suggestions for our chosen charity, and the final vote was counted and verified ..... 
 Our most voted for charity this year is Abby's Heroes, a small and local charity aimed at helping children and their families, including bereaved families, by offering financial and practical support.

"The aim of the charity (Abby's Heroes) is to help and support children and their families, including bereaved families, who come under the care of the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton General hospital. The catchment for this ward covers the south of England as it is a centre of excellence for children’s oncology. We aim to offer financial and practical help and importantly, the opportunity to make lasting memories for the children and their families.

As a family that has passed through this ward, we are acutely aware of what a traumatic and frightening journey it can be for both the child and their families. The child’s life is completely taken over by the diagnosis of childhood cancer and their families worlds are thrown into utter chaos and panic as they watch their child go through the rigours of treatment.

The realty of the future these families face includes months or years of treatment, families are often separated for long periods, as parents need to stay with the child, but also may have siblings that need looking after as well. Jobs are put on hold and inevitably financial implications start to hit home, this puts a massive strain on families as normal life ceases to exist.

Abby’s heroes has been set up entirely with this in mind. Practical help will be given –  financial grants to help people through difficult time. Bereaved families may be given grants to help give parents time to grieve. Days out and fun memory-making grants will also be given, which will allow the families a chance to do something together."                        

                                                                                                                                           Abby's Heroes

It was a very close call between the nominations (only two votes between the top two!), but I think we can all agree Abby's Heroes is a very worthwhile charity to support this year, and we look forward to hearing about some events we can join in with to raise funds for this incredibly important cause.

Let’s see what we can do for Abby’s Heroes in 2017.

Abby's Heroes.  


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Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey- Inspiring the next generation into 'thinking big'!

by Rapid Welding 23. December 2016 17:06


Roy & Marianne Edwards with Lynn Willacy from Air Products


When a representative from Air Products contacted Rapid asking if we’d like to be part of a space adventure of astronomical proportions, naturally we jumped at the opportunity no questions asked!

Most people have heard of the name Tim Peake. Well, if you’re harbouring secret desires to follow in his intergalactic footsteps and have your very own space odyssey (like we clearly are), then you might be interested in visiting the newly launched exhibition at The Novium Museum in Chichester - Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey.

An excellent occasion to bring the two businesses together.

Air Products is one of the world's largest Industrial Gas companies, and a Strategic Sponsor for the exhibition. As an Air Products agent offering a full range of Industrial Gases and cylinder gas solutions, and a local agent to Chichester where the exhibition is being held, we were very excited to receive the invitation from Air Products to support them during the launch which took place this week to coincide with the first anniversary of Tim’s take-off.


"We have been helping launch astronauts into space for the last 50 years. Since Tim's own extraordinary journey ended, his aim has been to encourage children to think about the importance of science, technology engineering and mathematics. We are really pleased to be involved in this exhibition and we hope it will inspire the next generation and be the launch pad for many more extraordinary journeys in the future." 

Air Products.

The exhibition allows would-be explorers to embark on a space mission, following Tim Peake's very own astronomical adventure. Starting with a 'rocket lift', transporting occupants into outer space, the exhibition aims to encourage and inspire young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and to think ‘big’ about their futures. From blasting into outer space and finding out about Tim’s Space Walk, to experiencing what it’s like to eat, sleep and work in an International Space Station, it’s certainly going to inspire and ignite. It’s a project we are very proud to offer our support to.

“It was a great pleasure to meet Mr Peake Senior, Tim’s Dad (Nigel Peake is part of the project group pulling the exhibition together) and see the obvious pride he has in his son’s achievements and the joint passion they share for encouraging and educating our future Astronauts, Engineers and Welders. Inspiring future generations is also an ideology both Rapid Welding and Air Products have shared throughout their years in the Gas Industry.”


Marianne Edwards, Rapid Welding

Roy & Marianne Edwards with Mr Nigel Peake

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Rapid Gases - Air Products Maxx Cut & Weld® - Welding Gas Solutions for DIY Enthusiasts

by Rapid Welding 21. December 2016 13:46




No Rental     No Transaction Charges     Fully Tested Cylinders

Welding Gas Solutions for DIY Enthusiasts - Smaller Volumes with the Highest Levels of Weld Quality.

Excellent Penetration     Minimal Spatter     Low Fume Levels

The Air Products Maxx Cut & Weld® is the perfect answer to DIY welders looking for smaller volumes of high quality, high performance cutting and welding gases across MAG welding processes. Combining usability and convenience with all the quality standards of the Maxx® range, the Maxx Cut & Weld® is available in higher pressure industrial 200bar/230bar 10 litre cylinders, making handling easy and improving weld quality across a range of materials and thicknesses. 

The increased 200 bar / 230 bar pressure means higher content than other similar offerings! 

There is no rent to pay and refills are easy, just pop in to see us or phone 023 92 221 211!

Rapid Gases has been an agent for Air Products since 1999, and we are committed to offering a full range of welding gases to our customers, from large industrial companies to DIY welders. The new Maxx and trade shielding gases, standard industry mixtures, acetylene, argon, coogar, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen are all available in various cylinder sizes to met your requirements. From Poole to Littlehampton, with three gas sites covering Hampshire and West Sussex, we are immensely proud to provide our customers - new and old, with cylinder gas solutions and experienced, friendly support from the Rapid Gas Team.  

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Don’t forget to visit our sister companies 


www.RapidWelding.com                               www.RentArc.com

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Time To Get Sliced! Arcair Exothermic Cutting Solutions

by Rapid Welding 7. November 2016 13:59

Unlike many other cutting process used today, the Arcair SLICE systems can cut, burn or pierce virtually any metallic, non metallic or composite material.


The SLICE exothermic torch is so versatile it can cut through materials such as:

  • mild, stainless and alloy steels
  • Cast iron, aluminium, magnesium and other non-ferrous metals
  • Slag and refractory materials
  • Concrete or brick. 
Mud, rust or other corrosion make no difference. The Arcair SLICE will cut through anything you put in front of it!
There's never been a more versatile cutting tool!  

Watch the Arcair SLICE Exothermic Demo as it cuts through a train rail in one rod by clicking  HERE!
To view all Exothermic Cutting Products in this range, visit the Rapid Website by clicking HERE.

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Job Vacancy at Portchester Depot - Trainee Warehouse Manager

by Rapid Welding 22. September 2016 13:02


Tel: 023 92 214 214


Trainee Warehouse Assistant


Location:  Portchester

Contract:  Full time with three month probationary period 

Job type:  Trainee Warehouse Assistant

Salary:  In accordance with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage 

Job description: 

  • Warehouse Trainee to become a team member required for our busy stores and despatch area.
  • Main duties include assisting the Warehouse / Logistics team with picking and packing goods,
  • Receiving, checking & booking goods inwards,
  • Keeping warehouse & vehicles clean and tidy, including outside areas,
  • Checking for damaged stock, reporting any damage to manager,
  • Completing any errands the manager may require,
  • Assisting other department colleagues if necessary.
  • This role includes working closely with other stores personnel and drivers, calling for a positive and encouraging manner to be part of the team complying with all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety.
  • Clothing and safety boots supplied. 


Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, 30 minutes paid lunch 

What we're looking for: 

  • IT literate.
  • A team player.
  • Good numeracy and literacy 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 and cleanliness. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Rapid Family. If you feel this challenge is for you, please send your CV and a covering letter to stuart@rapidwelding.com. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

RD Edwards Director (Managing) R P Edwards (Technical)
RegisteredOffices: Unit 2D Hamilton Road, Portchester Park, Cosham, Hampshire, PO64QE
Company Registration No: 243 1802


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Job Vacancy at Portchester - Warehouse/Logistcs Person

by Rapid Welding 21. September 2016 16:02


Tel: 023 92 214 214


Warehouse / Logistics Person 


Location:  Portchester

Contract:  Full time with three month probationary period 

Job type:  Warehouse/Logistics/ distribution

Salary:  c £18500.00, subject to experience 

Job description 

  • Warehouse / Logistics team member required for our busy stores and dispatch area.
  • Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be on the swift and accurate dispatch of our goods worldwide.
  • This will encompass ensuring our stock is accurate, and in the correct location so our customer orders can be filled accurately and quickly.
  • The role will require accurate stock receiving, picking and dispatching in accordance with pre-set instructions and standards.
  • This role includes working closely with other stores personnel and drivers, calling for a positive and encouraging manner to be part of the  team complying with  all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety.
  • The role includes serving members of the public, trade customers and working with our suppliers.  
  • Clothing and safety boots supplied. 

Hours :

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, 30 minutes paid lunch 

What we're looking for :

  • IT Literate is essential
  • Calm under pressure – this role will include time critical deadlines to work to.
  • Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.
  • Driving licence essential.
  • Ideally have an industrial warehousing background, though not essential.
  • 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 and cleanliness. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Rapid Family. If you feel this challenge is for you, please send your CV and a covering letter to stuart@rapidwelding.com. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

RD Edwards Director (Managing) R P Edwards (Technical)
RegisteredOffices: Unit 2D Hamilton Road, Portchester Park, Cosham, Hampshire, PO64QE
Company Registration No: 243 1802




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Training Our Team for Excellence

by Rapid Welding 5. September 2016 12:58

 ESAB Gas Inspectors Courses.

If not properly maintained, Gas equipment can be a hazard, and using unsafe or unchecked equipment could result in serious injuries in the work place.

The importance of relevant and regular checks to the integrity and safety of equipment, and the potential defects and hazards that may occur, is one of the reasons why we keep members of the Rapid team up to date with the relevant training. Earlier this month, one of our guys undertook a two day City & Guilds accredited Inspectors Training course, with another set to complete his training at the end of the month.

 The course, delivered by Esab, is designed to qualify personnel to conduct full safety checks on individual oxy-fuel gas welding systems, and involves theoretical instruction on oxy-fuel gas safety, the properties of gases, safe use and operation of systems, as well as risk assessment in accordance with current legal requirements. Running alongside the theory is invaluable practical training on how to fully test an oxy-fuel gas station and pass it off for safe use.

In the context of the BCGA CP7 Code of Practice, it states that gas equipment should be tested annually by a "suitably trained person". At Rapid, safety comes first and foremost, and we want to do everything we can to assist our customers. In order to achieve this, we've made sure members our team have the necessary training, skills and knowledge to carry out the practical safety aspects of oxy-fuel gas systems. 

Call us today on 023 92 221 211 to book your gas equipment safety check.

To find out more about Accredited training from Esab, click HERE. 

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Welcome to the Rapid Service Department!

by Rapid Welding 24. August 2016 12:52

Welcome To ..... The Rapid Welding Service Department

 We aim to give our customers very sound reasons to want to keep doing business with Rapid, and in our book, that means providing the complete package and a wide range of services.

As well as offering sales, hire and free product support, we also run a dedicated service team of six factory trained engineers, spread over three workshops. This means we can deal with anything, from small hand tool repairs, massive fleets of welding machines, and everything in-between. Repairs and servicing can also be carried out in our workshop or on site to minimise disruption, and all equipment information is stored on our database and reminders sent to ensure you remain up to date with your servicing requirements. 

By using our servicing department, you are accessing decades of experience in the industry, allowing for thorough investigation and prompt diagnosis and repair of faults on all equipment - this even includes older, more obscure machines which, you never know, some of our team might have worked on when new!

We have also recently been appointed as an Authorised Service Centre for Lincoln Electric, meaning our service team are fully factory trained by this supplier, along with other major suppliers including Kemppi, Esab, Hypertherm, Victor & Miller.

To top it all off, we also offer a collection and delivery serivce anywhere in the UK!

For more information, our fabulous Service Department now has it's own area on the website which you can find by clicking HERE.

To access the page from the website, click on the grey bar on the home page.  

Here's an at a glance list of some of the wonderful services we can provide you with: 

Repairs and Servicing

Service Contracts

Validations and Electrical Inspections

Gas Testing 

To find out more about how the Rapid Service Department can help you, please email ServiceDept@RapidWelding.com or call the office on +44 (0)23 92 214 214 and ask for Karen.

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Rapid welding is Lloyds registered ISO9001 

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