RPM was founded in 1995 when Hugh and Richard who were working together at Cottage cars on Old Bank road in Mirfield decided to go it alone after Cottage cars were taken over by new owners. They started by sharing a unit with a fellow colleague from Cottage cars in a small unit next to Auto Paint at the top of Union road in Liversedge. They were working out of a small booth at the back of the workshop and finding space was limiting the work output and growth of the business so began to look for larger premises. In 1998 they moved to larger premises on Ashton clough road in Liversedge. This allowed for 2 ramps and increased productivity. The workload and customer base continued to expand and they took on an apprentice in 2009. This was to be the first of many apprentices that have been trained up by RPM.
During 2009 they also made the decision to move to larger premises to enable them to start doing the Mot tests on site instead of taking them elsewhere. A conversation with a customer revealed a friend who was looking for new tenants. The move to the current premises on Walkley lane took place. At this time the decision was made to take on a receptionist to help with the ever increasing number of enquiries. Workload continued to increase and as units became available on this site they quickly took them on and expanded to the current capacity of 6 ramps plus the Mot bay. Staff numbers have gradually increased as well over the years as needed leading to the current team of 6 mechanics including 4 Mot testers and Megan and Mandy in reception.
Rpm were lucky enough to purchase their current premises in 2019 and have invested heavily since in making the place their own. The reception was relocated to a much larger space in the rear of the reception building and a canteen made for the hard working staff. The buildings are gradually being altered and renovated to better suit our useage. During 2020 a large solar panel system was installed to help offset the businesses carbon foot print as well as reucing the electricity costs of the business.
The latest major change has been the addition of the new body work facility in the yard. During 2020 we had a custom built spray booth installed in the yard and Richard is now busy restoring a classic Mini in there as well as offering bodywork repairs to new and existing customers.