Crane contract will help firm with its future growth

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A FOUR-YEAR Ministry of Defence contract with a Portsmouth company has been described as ‘great news’.

Rapid Response Solutions Ltd, which has a site in Dundas Lane, Copnor, and a head office in Havant, recently signed an agreement worth £1.75m over four years.

The contract is for the provision of a mobile crane service to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the United States Visiting Forces within the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

The firm’s managing director, Paul Barber, who founded the business in 2000, said: ‘It is the first official contract that we have had with the Ministry of Defence.

‘We have worked for them with other contractors but never had an official contract with them before. We have worked with companies like BAE Systems and Air Products - a lot of big, blue chip companies like that.

‘It is a four-year contract supplying lifts.

‘We have done a lot of work with BAE in the ship building work which is coming to an end. This is a nice little replacement for that work, which we will be losing.

‘The work fits nicely with our other projects because it is across the UK, so it gives us another reason to remain in the area.’

The tender came out in October last year, and following a three-stage process, the company recently found out it had won the bid.

‘Although our work was not going to go down hill because of the shipbuilding work, this has given us a bit of a boost, knowing that the revenue that will no longer come from the shipbuilding will come from the MOD,’ he said.

‘It means we can keep going. It is a four-year contract so there is going to be work for us for some time.’

Asked how he felt to have secured the deal, Paul said: ‘I am really pleased that we have won it. I am really excited by it.

‘This is something that we wanted to win for our business and we are really chuffed to have got it.

‘Having this contract means we can continue to grow and move forward.’