People at The Plough
Nick brings his extensive experience from all areas of the leisure industry to The Plough. Known to many locally as the former owner and driving force behind ice cream wholesaler Gocold, a business he built in partnership with his father Alf in South Cambridgeshire, he is enjoying his return to the licensed and dining trade.
From early years spent DJ-ing in clubs and bars, at age 19, he was co-owner and manager of Butt’s Wine Bar & Bistro in Ipswich (this was the Eighties!). It is no exaggeration to say that the effect this business had on the leisure trade in the area was quite phenomenal, consistently challenging the existing pub companies and breweries to think differently about what could be offered within licensed premises.
Retail experience gained working in record shops (remember those?) and the more corporate worlds of department stores, gave Nick a solid grounding in customer service, business planning, accounting and management skills. These were all put to good use in setting up Gocold, which quickly gathered an enviable reputation for style, service, and doing things just a little bit differently. Working closely with a hugely varied portfolio of retail clients, from traditional corner shops to Buckingham Palace, combining fun elements with solid business sense was Gocold’s strength and the bedrock of its success.
These skills, together with Nick’s love of music, dining, socialising, entertaining, and family, provide a solid, but slightly unusual basis for everything on offer at The Plough.
Robin’s business, ‘Complete Fabrications’, has brought a wide variety of design and construction projects from concept to full execution in South Cambridgeshire and other local areas over the last 25 years. These projects have ranged from extensions to or major conversions of old buildings (many of them listed), to new buildings, furniture, and interiors for private clients and businesses.
Robin’s view is that good design covers considerably more than providing well functioning and attractive buildings. He sees the active involvement of those commissioning projects as well as those who may use them as being crucial to providing warm, personal and engaging spaces and buildings that encourage social interaction.
His many years of design and construction experience and his ability to recognise, connect with, express and realise his various clients’ design aspirations have been and continue to be invaluable in the extensive re-planning and subsequent alterations and extensions to The Plough. Robin’s love of sport, music, cooking, beer, wine and family (in no particular order), as well as his background in small businesses both compliment and contrast with Nick’s interests and talents.