Rapid Marine - Part of The Rapid Family

by Rapid Welding 24. February 2016 14:46

Ease of Use. Well Designed. Adjustable Solutions.  

Rapid Marine specialises in the design and manufacture of lifting slings and stainless steel 316 ratchet tie down kits for tenders. Especially made to conform to load test requirements, our straps and webbing - ideal for various applications, come certifiicated to confirm its maximum rating.

Why Buy from Rapid Marine?

  • All slings are fully adjustable
  • We use Stainless Steel fittings
  • Every sling has a unique serial number
  • We include full fitting instructions with all our slings.
  • All our slings are Insurance Compliant
  • Our slings are all manufactured in the UK
  • All our slings are certified to EU Safety Standards
When investing time and money in your pride and joy, it makes sense to use the best quality accessories.  
What Our Customers Say About Us 
".... appreciation of quality was immediate. Something as simple as some straps had been really well designed."
"........ provides a particularly neat solution to a problem we had using the standard mounting points. Everything came in very smart wash through net bags which makes rinsing off easy."
"A very happy customer. I want to openly thank (Rapid Marine) for the advice and ultimately the product."
"We have been using these products for sometime now, and can confirm they are top quality."
"We had the stainless steel plastic coated strops before, problem with them, when you change your tender you end up having to have new strops as you can be sure they won't fit, unlike the Rapid marine ones that are fully adjustable, ( we are on our forth tender in five years ) so they have saved us a lot more than they cost , just to add that they were also a lot cheaper than the stainless steel ones we had!"
"Another very satisfied customer of Rapid marine, and no connection with the company."
"First class products, first class quality, first class service."
"Would not go anywhere else for such products."
To view more comments on Rapid Marine, click HERE.
To visit the website and view all the products available, click HERE.



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NEW Product Alert - PLYMOVENT MobilePro

by Rapid Welding 23. February 2016 13:29


The MobilePro - Perfect for removing welding fumes when working in confined spaces and areas difficult to reach.

As successor to the MobileOne, the Plymovent MobilePro offers flexible, self cleaning solutions for mobile welding fume extraction - designed with the professional welder in mind.

Thoughtfully built with rigid metal housing and swivel castors for ease of movement, the MobilePro features a powerful 1,1 kW (1.5 Hp) extraction fan, a SilentFlow duct free silencer - a sound absorbing box keeping the integrated fan noise levels to a minimum, and self-cleaning Ram-Air pulse amplifier delivering improved cleaning, longer cartridge life, reduced pressure loss and overall lower operational costs.

Suitable for heavy duty welding applications, MIG, MAG, TIG, GMAW, FCAW and stick electrode welding, the MobilePro is designed so that Plymovent’s extraction arms - the 3 and 4 metre KUA and Economy Arm, can be attached in order reach the necessary length. 

As a highly respected sales and service company, keen to bring the latest products to our customers, Rapid are proud to be suppliers of Plymovent products, and we are delighted to have the MobilePro available NOW!

To view this product on our website in more detail, please click HERE.

As always, our product specialist Andy is readily available to answer your questions via telephone or online. Click on the Rapid link above to find the online chat facility, or call the office on 02392 214214 and just ask for Andy.

 Please follow this link to visit the Plymovent website.

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Recognising The Stars Of Our Industry - We're finalists!

by Rapid Welding 3. February 2016 12:33


It is with our greatest delight that I can confirm Rapid Welding has made it to the FINAL of the 2016 Welding World Awards. 

The first of their kind, the Welding World Awards are an international, impartial, independent awards open to anyone involved in the welding business, aiming to showcase "everything that is excellent within our industry.", and to recognise and applaud the stars of our trade (See Rapid Blog 11th Dec 2015).

We are thrilled and proud to have been nominated for no less than FIVE awards by our customers, and that Rapid's brilliant team and hard work is being recognised by so many, and on such a public platform! We also want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to log on and vote for us, it really means a lot and has driven us through what has been a tough and heavily contested process.  

Following the public voting, the next stage was to wow a panel of judges with a presentation on why we were nominated for each of the five categories. This task was undertaken by Roy and Marianne Edwards, and it seems as though they managed to catch the judges attention. The main feedback following the presentation was, "The panel were thoroughly impressed with your enthusiasm and passion for the industry, and found your presentation interesting and extremely informative." 

Well, passion and enthusiasm has always been the Rapid way!

So we've done all we can. The judges decision is final.

All that's left is to attend the glittering Welding World Awards Gala Dinner being held during the week of MACH 2016 (The UK'S premier manufacturing Technologies event). The evening is to be hosted by TV presenter, the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, and the overall winner for each award will be announced.

 Be sure to look out for the list of Finalists in the next edition of Welding World magazine. The overall winners will be recognised on the welding world website following the event.  

Fingers crossed and wish us luck. 



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Recognising The Stars Of Our Industry - FIVE Welding World Nominations for Rapid Welding!

by Rapid Welding 11. December 2015 15:00


The voting is over, and in the New Year the results will be revealed. 

We are extremely delighted to announce that Rapid Welding and Industrial Supplies Ltd have been nominated for FIVE Welding World Awards in the inaugural Welding World Awards 2016.

The Welding World Awards are the first of their kind and are international, impartial, independent awards that can be won by anyone involved in the welding business.

The aim is to recognise and applaud the stars of our industry.

What makes us most proud is that it is our customers who have nominated us into the position of possibly being announced as one of the winners at the Gala Awards Dinner being held on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

If you would like to know more about the awards and see for yourselves why we feel so proud of ourselves, please visit www.welding-world.com. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for us.

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Red Funnel - Red Jet 6

by Rapid Welding 12. November 2015 16:44

Photo via Red Funnel

Construction of the Red Jet 6, a 40m high speed catamaran costing around £6m to build, is well underway on the Isle of Wight, the first of her kind to be built by UK businesses for 15 years. With tenders for the build received from across the globe, Red Funnel finally placed the order with Shemara Refit LLP  

This latest addition to Red Funnel's fleet aims to improve passenger accommodation, reduce fuel consumption and improve efficiency. With the capacity to carry 275 passengers in a spacious, well lit cabin with ship-to-shore Wi-Fi and a state of the art air-handling system, (not to mention the capability of carrying 22 bicycles!), it's no surprise to read that passenger comforts, safety, and the environment were at the forefront of the design process.  


Photo via Red Funnel

With the build underway on the island, we are thrilled to be able to play a small part in the creation of this vessel. Two of our team, David Dunn (Rapid Welding) and Damian Bryant (RentArc), have developed a good working relationship with Shemara Refit from the very start of the process, initially supplying welding consumables such as grinding discs, wire and gauntlets, as well as straight line cutters and hiring aluminium welding sets. More recently, an order for 12 Kemppi FastMigs with the Supersnake system - ideal for boat building and welding in confined spaces - was placed. 

With Summer 2016 the deadline for completion for Red Jet 6, we are delighted to have been involved in this exciting project from the start. One of our greatest strengths is maintaining excellent relationships with our customers, and we are proud to be Shemara Refit's first port of call for all their welding needs.

All lined up! 12 Kemppi FastMigs with Supersnake system  

For more information on the Red Jet 6, click here.


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Just Giving - Help Someone Today

by Rapid Welding 4. November 2015 17:11

Next week the team at Rapid are doing something collectively to help others. We have decided to give blood & join the Bone Marrow Register.

It all came about when one of our team made us aware of a family member with Leukemia. Having undergone chemotherapy and isolation, and with the best possible outcome being a bone marrow donation, we all wanted to do something to help. An office meeting followed, during which it was decided the best way we could show support to our colleague and his family was to give blood and join the British Bone Marrow Registry.

What is the British Bone Marrow Registry? 

The British Bone Marrow Registry is a division of NHS Blood and Transplant, working in co-operation with the other UK bone marrow/blood donor registries, Anthony Nolan, a charity dedicated to saving the lives of patients needing a stem cell transplant and the NHS Cord Blood Bank. Stem cell donations from cord blood can be made at specialist hospitals within the NHS. For more information see www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/cordblood/.

With the Rapid machine in full swing, we discovered several blood donation sessions in Portsmouth coming up, and as such, a number of us are turning up to face the needle and give blood, as well as join the register. It seems like such a small thing to do, but when it affects those close to home, you soon realise what a massive thing it is for someone in need.

Another of our team is fundraising via the Just Giving Crowdfunding website. Here's a little bit about their situation:

We're raising £10000 to have pre-implantation genetic diagnosis because It could give my Grandson Alfie a happy life.

Alfie is a happy 5 year old boy. He has a condition called X-Linked Hyper igm Syndrome.  It's a condition that affects the immune system and only occurs in males. Alfie is prone to catching recurrent infections that could be life threatening, and as such receives weekly infusions of Immunoglobulin and is on permanent antibiotics. The cure for his condition is either a bone marrow transplantation or cord blood stem cell transplantation from a matched donor.

 Please pledge to my Just Giving Crowdfunding Page and help make it happen:



With Just Giving Crowdfunding, anyone can raise money to fund their own project - anything from setting up a food bank to buying a wheelchair for a relative or even saving a local football club. If you're interested in raising money to make good things happen, why not start your Crowdfunding Page today at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/?utm_id=3


 Thank you for reading


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It's Time For Metstrade - The World's Largest Marine Equipment Trade Show

by Rapid Welding 27. October 2015 13:10

Rapid Marine is attending the world's largest Marine Equipment Trade Show, Metstrade, this November in Amsterdam, showcasing 'new to market' products such as the Flush Fitting “Padeye”.

Rapid Marine is the market leader for lifting slings and tie down kits for tenders, and the all new Flush Fitting "Padeye" is a discreet fitting made from 316 stainless steel designed to easily attach to your ratchet tie downs. Intended for up to 500kg tenders, and with a weather tight seal to ensure no debris or water enters the spring chamber, the Flush Fitting "Padeye" eliminates trip hazards on board and is quick to fit and use. Having submitted to Metstrade all the information about this exciting new product, we were delighted to hear from the exhibition organisers that Rapid Marine has been nominated for The Dame Design Award in the Deck Equipment, Sails and Rigging Category!

The DAME Design Award is 'the most prestigious international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories'. This year is the 25th anniversary, with independently appointed judges examining thousands of products in specific marine categories, aimed at showcasing new concepts and designs in the leisure marine industry.  

Rapid Marine are exhibiting at Metstrade 2015 on stand: 03.122 on the 17-18-19 November 2015. 

For more information on Metstrade, visit www.metstrade.com

For more information on Rapid Marine, visit www.rapidmarine.co.uk

Rapid Marine: Supporting Your Tender Behind

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Pleasing Customers & Plugging Awards Nominations!

by Rapid Welding 23. October 2015 15:59

We love it when a job's done well, even more so when we receive lots of glowing feedback from our customers!

Following a recent survey of our service questionnaires, we are delighted to announce that customers have been rating the 'Overall Quality of their Rapid Experience' 9/10 out of 10!  

With a brand new website launched this year, and aWelding World nomination for Best E-commerce Website Organisation (amongst others, but more on that later), we have been keeping tabs on what customers think about the new layout and usability, hoping our efforts have provided a much better, and easier, experience. We are very pleased to see that we've received scores of 9/10 in this area too, along with positive feedback on product choice and competitive pricing.

Delivering goods on time has always been our aim, even when shipping abroad - Rapid ships worldwide! - and it seems as though we're achieving our goal quite well with customer feedback consistently coming in with 'Goods Arrived Very Quick', 'Goods Well Packaged', and 'All in Good Order'.

With a friendly, dedicated, and knowledgeable team on tap to answer all your queries, no matter how big or small, it's no surprise that 'Quality of Communication' is regularly marked as 'Impressive' by customers using the online chat facility, or speaking directly to one of our team in the office regarding sales, servicing or product choice. The answer to 'Would You Use Us Again?' is consistently 'Yes'. 

The whole point of analysing our customer feedback so meticulously, good and bad, is to ensure that we get it right. We actively encourage customers to voice their opinions of the service - which are then, with permission, shared on the website - and additional comments have highlighted that we seem to be succeeding in providing an excellent after sales service too, with one of our customers commenting 'I have an expert at the end of the phone to help'. Value for money and speedy delivery have also been noted, as well as comments such as 'overall a great service'.

 If you've received outstanding service from Rapid, or are impressed with the new website and products available, why not vote for us at the Welding World Awards. We'd be grateful for all your support, and with voting ending in just one week, please take a few moments to follow the link below to vote for Rapid Welding.

 Welding World Awards



Job Vacancy - Do Something Amazing & Join The Rapid Family!

by Rapid Welding 9. September 2015 14:22

       RAPID WELDING & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES LTD                    


We are excited to announce that a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Trainee Sales Representative within Rapid. Based in Hampshire, and supporting our existing Area Sales Engineer, the successful candidate will join an expanding and friendly company who have developed a thriving position within the welding and engineering supplies industry. 

If this is the challenge for you, why not check out the details below and send your CV and a covering letter to dave@rapidwelding.com. 


Trainee Sales Representative & Support  

Location: Dorset/Hampshire/West Sussex, based in Romsey

Contract: Full time

Job type: Trainee Sales Representative 

Salary:    £16k salary + commission, expected OTE in first year circa £20K  

Job Description   

This position will include: 

       visiting established customers in Hampshire/Dorset/West Sussex area, with view to     maintaining & strengthening current relationships,

       Recognising opportunities to increase sales within our existing customer base and, in the long term,

       Locating and acquiring new accounts. 

What we are looking for   

       Minimum age 25 (for insurance purposes)

       This vacancy would suit someone who is confident in situations

       Preferably from an engineering or welding background, although not essential.

       Some customer/sales experience also helpful, but enthusiasm more important!

       A full driving licence is essential

       IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) 

What we offer  

       Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, 30 minutes lunch, 45 hours per week.

       20 days holiday per year + statutory holidays.  Compulsory Christmas & New Year shutdown.

       Company clothing




       Full IT support


To apply for this exciting position, please send your CV & covering letter to dave@rapidwelding.com


Horsing Around, Rapid Style!

by Rapid Welding 26. August 2015 13:50

Known for being adventurous, for not being afraid to try something a bit different, and for sharing with you our escapades, here's some pictures of two Rapidettes trying their hand at beach riding on the Isle of Wight last Saturday (22nd August 2015)! Yes, that's four hooves! On the sand! On a very warm and sunny morning!  

All the gear .........?  


Here's Marianne and Meg 

Having a canter on the lovely Biscuit! 




Here we're taking a breather.... & holding up the ride while we make the most of a photo opportunity! Biscuit wanted to give Meg a quick kiss, but apparently she isn't receptive to male attention. Luckily for Biscuit - or perhaps not - I was more than willing to give him a big sloppy smacker on the lips when we returned to barracks!


We had a fabulous time last Saturday, and would like to thank the staff at Sally's Riding School who were really friendly and encouraging, making the whole experience enjoyable from start to finish, and particularly Sally herself who was there meeting and greeting and generally sorting us all out. Of course, we're also sending pats and carrots to Biscuit and Meg who clearly take their job very seriously, taking great care of us throughout. It was wonderful to see so many happy horses, and smiling faces.

Something tells me we'll definitely be back to see you soon - like, in two weeks time!!!!! 

Marianne & Sally


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