Twelve months ago, Rapid IT & LCWS Recycling, 2 companies based on Wyre Street in Padiham were badly affected by the floods that hit many homes and businesses on Boxing Day 2015 across Lancashire. LCWS Recycling are a Computer and Electrical Recycling Company and its sister Company Rapid IT, sell refurbished Computer Equipment.
When the River Calder burst its banks, three feet of water engulfed the p
remises of both organisations in a matter of minutes, causing tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to stock and company assets.
A massive effort from hard working staff, family & friends assisting over the subsequent weeks, dramatically helped in an enormous clean-up operation, which allowed both Companies to reopen their buildings again in the New Year; albeit scarred by the water damage.
Twelve months on and the difference is remarkable. There is a completely new showroom in place with enhanced car parking facilities. Customers can spend time browsing for a new computer or laptop with advice on hand from our friendly knowledgeable staff. The warehouse and workshops have undergone major refurbishments and are now fully equipped to handle the increase in demand for the services offered by both Companies. With the increase in business more staff have been recruited and the companies actively engage with an apprentice programme that gives local youngsters valuable work experience.
The Companies are in the process of working towards various ISO accreditations and LCWS have just achieved their AATF accreditation (approved authorised treatment facility). This will allow the organisations to bid for larger contracts within different market sectors.
Jack and David Bannister, Directors of the Companies said “the success we have achieved over the past 12 months would not have been possible without the hard work and loyalty from all members of staff. We have a fantastic team of people in place, some of whom have been with us for many years. We also had support from Burnley Council who, through Boost Lancashire, facilitated access to grants that had been made available to companies affected by the floods. This funding helped us in the immediate aftermath of the floods. We are very excited about the future and are confident that the companies will now be able to grow from strength to strength”.