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Design Team Meeting

One of the problems with offering a Nationwide service is that our design team members spend a lot of time travelling up and down the country so it can be difficult to all sit down together – but it’s important that we do. It’s an opportunity to discuss new ideas, collect feedback about what our customers have looking for and to debate current and future trends to ensure that we’re always putting our customers needs first.

This must happen in businesses up and down the country – but it’s unusual that the key players is the directors mother.  Jean Wade stole the show with her cheese cake to rival anything you’d find in the final of The Great British Bake Off. In a true family business tradition which you’ll never find in the board rooms of big businesses – proud mum Jean was on hand with cakes, sandwiches and cups of tea for the appreciative team. For a design team who have backgrounds working for some big corporations, it epitomises what working for a family business means; all the family rallying around to do the best we can for each other and the common cause. Something which has drawn them away from careers working with big corporations and into our close-knit family business. Working in this way is a welcome and refreshing change for many employed at Abbott-Wade, however for the family members working here – it’s just another day at the office!

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Metal Spindles

Metal spindles make a bold statement in any home. They create an air of strong elegance and offer a surprisingly versatile option when planning your staircase design. Our range of steel spindles are available in traditional styles such as the slender Buckingham & Sandringham spindles which taper towards a classic knuckle or the grander basket design of the Windsor.

Alternatively the contemporary flowing lines of our Ripple and Wave spindles add a modern twist to this style of spindle.

 

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The National Family Business Awards: Reflecting on an Award Winning Evening!

Some time has passed since our award winning at Wembley Stadium, a little dust has even had time to settle on our award, but while it’s business as usual at Abbott-Wade, ti’s great to reject on such a memorable occasion…

An evening at the award is always full of promise, glamour and anticipation and this was no exception. Members of the Abbott-Wade family journeyed down from our Burtonwood base down to the bright lights of London and into the national arena, Wembley Stadium where we scooped the prestigious honour of the Best Small Business in the North West at the National Family Business Awards.

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The Abbott-Wade family accept their award

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How to choose the right lighting your staircase

Guest Blog by Sian Parsons, Senior Designer at John Cullen Lighting

A staircase is the central pod of your home, linking spaces and people together. It should be functional and sculptural, and lighting can make a real difference. When considering lighting, the design of the staircase, construction and desired effects are the key elements to consider, along with finish and texture. In most cases, lighting on staircases isn’t purely a decorative theme, it also serves a very real function in terms of safety. Glare should be avoided and maintenance considered, whilst enhancing the form can add beauty and softness.

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We Only Photograph Real Staircases in Real Homes

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It’s interesting to consider as you browse our website that the images we use are of Abbott-Wade staircases in real homes up and down the country. Some are taken by a photographer after the installation but many are taken by our fitting teams after the installations are complete and also by our customers who are are keen to showcase their beautiful new staircases.

It is also interesting to note that you will not see the same staircase duplicated in a different colour or design because unlike other staircase companies because we do not use photographic sets or rendered images.

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Innovation & Excellence Awards 2018

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We’ve been pioneering staircase renovations and new flights for over 20 years. Many of the techniques and practices which are now considered the industry standard were developed by company directors Craig Abbott & Mike Wade. Far from resting on our laurels, Abbott-Wade have continued to innovate and raise standards which drives progress throughout the industry as competitors try to keep pace. No mean feat when you compare us with some of the much larger businesses out there.

Our achievements have now been recognised by the Corporate Livewire Innovation & Excellence Awards and our family business have been shortlisted for the 2018 awards.

It is understandably a very proud achievement for us. As a small business we always worked hard to create a company we can be proud, conduct ourselves in a professional manner and put the customer first. Since 1996 we have innovated, invested in our future and lead the industry trends as tastes for styles and materials have changed.

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