- RS FRENCH
Having started out as a transport company all those years ago R.S.French is probably better known these days as a ‘container’ company or supplier of ‘site welfare’ and ‘accommodation’ but it Is still the complex lifting and movement of objects others have tried and failed that gives the biggest satisfaction to our operators. Although moving shipping containers is never ‘easy’ and no two jobs are ever the same it is the contract lifts that really put our operators to the test and prove why they are considered to be at the top of their game. All too often we get called to jobs where others have attempted a lift and failed. By investing in the equipment we have and the operators we employ R.S.French really do believe that as long as the weight is within our cranes limits we will find a way to lift it, move it or transport it.
Although shipping containers form a core part of our business here at R.S.French we are also a trading partner for Containex who offer modular solutions to meet a multitude of uses. We are strong believers that Shipping containers and modular building systems each have their role to play and both have their pro’s and con’s. If we have a customer approach us that is looking for a cheap, short-term storage solution then we wouldn’t normally advise a modular unit unless they needed some key design features. If a local school approached us and was looking for a toilet block or teaching space we would generally air on the side of a modular building due to this providing some key features from standard and also allows the opportunity to expand easily in the future if required.
The beauty Is we can offer both options and quite often that is exactly what we do. You give us your required specification and we can provide you both containerised and modular options. Oh, and we will deliver to site and crane into position using our own vehicles and fully trained staff as well.
A 20ft shipping container to the untrained eye looks like ‘just’ a metal box. To others it looks like a wind proof and water tight building block, a café, an office, a meeting room, a gym, a workshop or a cheap storage solution.
You may be an individual who is moving house and doesn’t want the mad rush of having to move an entire contents of a house within one day and therefore has a 20ft shipping container delivered a week prior to moving, allowing plenty of time to transfer your good at your own pace, before having this transported to your new address where you can then spend as long as you like unpacking. Once finished the container is collected and you live happily ever after. Moving house is well documented as one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. For just £12 + VAT a week why not let us reduce your blood pressure and help you out?!
Are you a site manager who is fed up with sub-standard welfare facilities on site? Do you get fed up having to call one company for a chemical toilet, another for your site office and a third for transport and crane services? If so then R.S.French can help. We have tailored our business so that you make one phone call for all of your site welfare needs and only have to deal with a select few people rather than waiting on hold at a call centre. A family business with a core set of values we pride ourselves on repeat business and customer recommendations.
A shipping container really can be turned into pretty much anything you can think of. Due to having our own fabrication workshops we have previously worked on projects that have seen these metal boxes turned into design agency meeting rooms, mussel shacks, coffee shop outlets or even science labs. Weather proof, secure and (depending on design) relatively cheap, I challenge you to tell us you don’t need or want a shipping container in your life!
After a great event last year R.S.French will once again be attending the Construction Expo in October at the Kent Event Centre in Maidstone. This years event will take place on Thursday the 5th October and is a great opportunity for us to catch-up with our existing customers and introduce ourselves to new. If you are looking for an opportunity to network with people in the construction industry then why not pop along and say hello? We will have 2 exhibition spaces this year, one outside the main entrance where we will have our flagship lorry the Scania V8 with Fassi 820RA crane with one of our RSF Static welfare units on the back for you to have a look around and a smaller stand inside the Maidstone exhibition hall where you can find out more information on the services and products we supply and have a member of the team answer any questions you may have.
As a multi-discipline company (probably best known for the hire and sale of shipping containers) R.S.French often surprises many when asked what type of haulage work we get involved in. A better question would be what haven’t we lifted or transported before! Viking boats, hot tubs, giant shoe boxes, cricket score boards, control panels, roof trusses, aeroplanes, cable drums and bridges to name but a few!
With a fleet of vehicles that provide exceptional capabilities and a team of drivers/operators that are 2nd to none it is no surprise that we find ourselves at the top of the list when our clients need Lorry or crane hire in Kent.
With a fleet of vehicles that is constantly being updated and improved all the time we are very proud of the standards we keep and impressions our clients have of us. Corporate colours, subtle branding and a regular maintenance and cleaning schedules aid the assurance that we have some of the best vehicles operating in Kent and the surrounding counties.
To find out exactly what capabilities our lorries and cranes have then follow the link below to find the vehicle duty charts;
With trust and commitment at the forefront of everything we do here at R.S.french we genuinely believe that if we have the fortunate opportunity to work with you it will not be a decision you regret. When talking with our customers the due diligence and skill of our drivers and crane operators is always something that comes up in conversation and Is praised. Some are almost astounded by what we can achieve when delivering to site and regularly comment on how helpful and accommodating the drivers are.
We are aware that there are companies out there claiming to do what we do, but we rest assured that because we operate and stick to what we know within our industry, own and operate all of our vehicles without the use of sub-contractors and 3rd party drivers, constantly replenish and update our hire fleet and stick to the core values that have kept the business successful for over 30 years we will continue to go from strength to strength with the customers experience as our main point of focus.
If you have ever been unhappy with the standards, level of service or equipment experienced elsewhere then give one of our team a call on 01227 752101 and we will try our upmost to ensure your faith in the transport and hire industry is fully restored on your next job.
With the company expanding all the time and having more and more demand from customers R.S.French have invested in yet another lorry with crane mounted capabilities which is due for delivery October 2017.
If you need something moved, lifted or craned into position then give us a call and we will be more than happy to help.
As well as the fully equipped lorry fleet R.S.French also have quite an extensive arsenal of support vehicles. These include 3 x Land Rover Defenders for towing Mobile welfare units (Groundhogs and 12ft canteens etc.) 2 x Toilet service vehicles for removing waste from our fleet of portable chemical toilets and a service/repair van enabling our Engineer to carry out regular maintenance on our static welfare units and complete prompt repairs in the unfortunate case of site break-ins.
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When you work in an industry that is quite niche it can sometimes be hard to recruit people with the exact skill-set you require. It is for this reason that R.S.French see the importance of Apprenticeships and having a good relationship with a local educational establishment such as Canterbury College and their Engineering department is essential.
By taking on an Apprentice and helping someone in the very early stages of their working life can be an invaluable experience for both the employer and the employee. With the right guidance, training and support an Apprentice can immerse themselves in every aspect of your business from the ground up and quite often with it being their first job they won’t yet have had opportunity to pick up any bad habits.
Quite often businesses are concerned about taking on an Apprentice for health and safety reasons but the way we see it, if your current working practice means it is unsafe for a youngster then it is also unsafe for your current employees and things should change.
One of the main areas of the R.S.French business is the conversion of shipping containers. We take a standard metal box and convert them into site offices, welfare facilities, toilet blocks or even bespoke one-off units. Having our own fabrication workshop where the whole transformation takes place means that our workshop operatives find themselves moving from one job to the next, quite often being a welder, carpenter, plumber and electrician all in one day! When it comes to employing staff it can be very difficult because people get set in their ways, if they are a carpenter, they want to work with wood, if they are an electrician they might not be happy plumbing in a sink unit. By taking on an apprentice we have the opportunity to mould someone into the exact skill set required for the job and with the variety of the role it will not only be challenging but hopefully interesting and certainly never boring.
A key to making the whole Apprenticeship work is a good relationship with the college. You need to be confident as an employer that the skills being learnt practically in the workplace are being backed up with the correct underpinning knowledge in the classroom. You need to have faith in the tutors that they know their trade and can prepare the Apprentice for the real world of work. Working with Canterbury College gives R.S.French the confidence that as a company we are supported and can receive guidance and support at any stage throughout the Apprenticeship. From initial contact with their Training and Recruitment Advisor through to conversations and visits from the Course Tutor and Head of the Engineering Department. Having met them all it means they know what we need from an Apprentice and the opportunities that are available to potential Apprentices long-term.
With the interview process looking to start imminently R.S.French are once again ready to invest in the future.
Due to an ever increasing customer base R.S.French are once again recruiting for workshop operatives. A company built on customer service, repeat business and recommendations, we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and our 'can-do' attitudes. If you think you have what it takes to work as part of our busy team then please send over your CV to our Business Development Manager email@example.com
Multi-Trade Workshop Operative Job Role:
Working Hours and Pay:
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 5.30pm (with occasional weekend work as required)
Salary dependant on experience
Lift a 4 ton crane, not a problem.
Lift a 4 ton crane onto a P&O ferry, not a problem.
Lift a 4 ton crane onto a P&O ferry which arrives in port at 20:15 and sails again at 24:00 whilst it is bobbing up and down........ yeah, no problem..... We like a challenge!!
It is jobs like these that reiterate to us that investment in staff and equipment is of paramount importance and proves once again to our customers that when a lift is as complex and time critical as something like this they cannot afford to take a gamble on anyone else.
As per usual Chris rose to the challenge and got the job done as per the customers requests. As he always states, Chris loves a challenge and if he is told it is not possible will always try his upmost to get the job completed.
RS French is one of the largest providers of secure site units in Kent, offering a wide range of units including storage containers, welfare units, Anti-Vandal (AV) units, modular units, flat-packed containers, toilet hire and transport.
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