Family-run motoring firm in Rickinghall welcomes third generation

RW Lister and son, Rickinghall. Three generations of Lister, working at the garage, Robert, Andy and Nathan. ANL-151208-113603005
RW Lister and son, Rickinghall. Three generations of Lister, working at the garage, Robert, Andy and Nathan. ANL-151208-113603005
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A long-running father-and-son business in Rickinghall says the close-knit family unit is the key to its success, after bringing on its third generation into the trade.

Motoring firm R.W. Lister and Son, based at Lower Church Farm in Hinderclay Road, celebrated earlier this month when it welcomed 16-year-old Nathan Lister, a student at West Suffolk College, to join father Andy, mother Debbie and grandfather Robert at the company, which deals in diagnostics, servicing, tyres, welding, batteries and MoTs, among other services.

Andy, who has worked in the company for 16 years, said it was not often a business could lay claim to keeping three generations together.

“We are a real family unit. We have got a very good working relationship,” he told the Diss Express.

“Some people say they couldn’t work with their dad because they clash, but we are very similar, and that’s the same close relationship I have with my son.

“It’s one of those things where it all just seems to work.”

Mr Lister said the garage’s recent expansions over the past few years, including the addition of Rickinghall’s first MoT bay in around 50 years, would open up various opportunities for his son, and added he was proud to have seen the family’s hard work pay off so that the firm could grow to this point.

The garage is now offering services for class IV, V and VII vehicles.

For further information, contact 01379 898549 or visit www.rwlisterandson.co.uk