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Pioneers in water jetting

Rentajet Ltd was launched in 1984 by Mr John Twigg as a pump rental company. John and his son, Chris quickly identified a gap in the market and set up a contracting division and the modern-day “Rentajet Group Limited” (RGL) was born.

Over the last four decades, RGL has evolved to become the one of the leading water jetting companies in the UK and now provides water jetting services to many industrial sectors both at home and abroad.

We are active members of the Water Jetting Association (WJA) and have worked closely with the organisation since its beginnings.

Today, RGL is owned and run by three Directors, Chris Twigg, Ian Clarke and Jamie Ings who all play active full time roles in the running and development of the business.

Under the banner “big enough to cope but small enough to care” , RGL strives to maintain a family feel and associated values for customers and employees alike.

We operate from our Head Office and Workshop facility located on the south coast of England but have links in London and Manchester so we can respond quickly to enquiries from all over the country.

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How it all began

A chance meeting between our founder John Twigg, and Bernard Hart, outside a small workshop in Salisbury, marked the start of a long friendship, and formative years for the Water Jetting industry.

During the 1970s, water jetting technology evolved rapidly. British contractors were introducing new equipment from the USA, and pumps were becoming more and more powerful.

With a rising interest in this new technology, Bernard went on to develop hundreds of water jetting units, accessories, and innovative nozzles during his tenure at Harben Systems. John went on to be the Sales Director, selling the product all over the Globe.

These events would eventually lead John to form his own company with George Gabb, Rentajet (now known as RGL) in 1984 as a sales and rental business for high pressure water jetting equipment.

“Back then the world didn’t believe what a high-pressure jet of water could do. We would demonstrate the removal of rust, hardened resin, and barnacles on ship hulls. When we showed what our systems could do, even down to removing specific paint layers on steel, we couldn’t sell them fast enough.”

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Water Jetting Safety

As pioneers of Ultra High Pressure (UHP) water jetting in the UK, RGL have always played an active role in developing safety standards in line with evolving water jet technology. The founder of RGL represented the industry as president of the Water Jetting Association and we continue to have a representative on their technical committee.

In cooperation with other jetting companies and the WJA, the industry now has a code of practice which sets out “best practice” and clarifies go and no-go areas of safety.

All our site teams are WJA certified which we take as a pre-requisite qualification prior to granting permission to carry out jetting works. Furthermore, all the contracts we work on are covered by specific risk assessments and method statements so any risks can be identified and mitigated accordingly.

Keeping everyone safe is on the top of our list of our guiding principles as well as being at the forefront of our minds in whatever we do.

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