Simon Robinson & Son
When Simon Robinson began making picture frames at his kitchen table, he couldn’t have envisaged his hobby would grow into a thriving family business. Starting small, selling his wooden frames at car boot sales, Simon’s handiwork proved so popular he soon outgrew the kitchen and moved production to the family garage, before sending an SOS to son Lester – working as a butcher in Australia – for help. By 2000, they had opened their first premises in Melbourn, and in 2003, moved to their current studio in Haslingfield, with Simon bowing out to retire.
Today, Lester and his small team of specialists offer a bespoke framing service to clients including members of the public, artists, galleries, photographers, and colleges.
Their studio houses an impressive wall of frames including wooden moulds sourced from Europe as well as the UK, and clever ClearColour glass, which almost eliminates reflection.
No job is too big or small for the friendly team, who’ve framed everything from oil paintings and family photos to kimonos and car parts! They’ve also handled precious documents including handwritten letters by Scott and Wilson, for the Scott Polar Research Institute. To Lester, though, all work is treated with utmost care, whether a rare watercolour or great granny’s embroidery.
At this time, as always, customer care is top of Lester’s list too, so he’s recently introduced visualisation software to serve clients remotely. For those that can visit the studio, there’s plenty of space to stay safe as well as hand-sanitisers and masks.
6, Penn Farm, Harston Road, Haslingfield
Tel: 01223 873123