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Hoxne and Palgrave pals lay the foundations of a high-flying building business




Two friends have been busy cementing a growing reputation after launching a building and carpentry business.

Joe Robinson, 35, and Nathan Goddard, 41, have 30 years of experience in building between them and have quickly developed a positive reputation since launching R&G Carpentry & Building in September.

This has been helped by Mr Robinson and Mr Goddard volunteering to undertake work for free in two schools.

Joe Robinson and Nathan Goddard.....Picture by Mecha Morton
Joe Robinson and Nathan Goddard.....Picture by Mecha Morton

Mr Robinson, of Palgrave, was contaced by Palgrave Church of England Primary School with a view to getting a quote for making the school’s playground shelter watertight.

By coincidence, Mr Robinson’s daughter was due to start at the school in September, so he completed the work free of charge.

Mr Goddard, of Hoxne, has also carried out work at Burston Community Primary School, where one of his children is a pupil, by building a sensory play area earlier this year.

Mr Robinson said: “I finished working for a small family business at around the same time that Nathan finished working with his dad when he retired, so we sat down, had a chat and decided to start a company together.

“I began my career with a carpentry apprenticeship and then went self-employed at a fairly young age. In the years that followed, I picked up other trades. I always enjoyed that variety and learning new skills.

“Since we started the business, it’s taken off really well and those extra skills have come in handy, as we can pretty much take on any job. The only thing we don’t do is the electrics and plumbing side of things.”

Both men may have extensive skill sets, but carpentry has always held the most appeal for Mr Robinson.

“Carpentry has more variety in the type of jobs you do and there is a little more craftsmanship to the process compared to other trades,” he said.

For more on the business, search Facebook for R&G Carpentry & Building.



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