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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


Established in 1996 by close friends Craig Abbott and Mike Wade, the pair have always employed local tradesmen, taken huge pride in their roots and lived by the traits of hard work, honesty and friendliness synonymous with the region. For the pair, the accolade has been recognition for the hard work and dedication which they have poured into their business for over 20 years.


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Fingers crossed, the Abbott-Wade team wait for the winners to be announced


At a glamorous ceremony at London’s Wembley Stadium set against the backdrop of the famous pitch which has hosted the world’s sporting elite; the Abbott-Wade family were proud, not only to represent the finest family businesses in our region, but to do so at the prestigious National Awards amongst the best of the UK & Ireland’s 3 million family firms. Following a rigorous judging process by leading entrepreneurs which included the likes of Charlie Mullins OBE, David Kerfoot MBE, Penny Power OBE and Rami Ranger CBE, the company shone in their category and were presented the award by Anita Brightly-Hodges, Managing Director of the Family Business Place and Olympian Jamie Baulch.

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Olympic medal winning athlete Jamie Baulch takes to the stage


“Whatever part of the country our work takes us to, it’s always good to come home,” says director Craig Abbott. “That’s why we were thrilled to hear we’d been shortlisted to represent the North West at the National Family Business Awards and now to have won the Best Small Business in the region is a massive honour.”

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Craig & Michelle Abbott celebrate their award


There are three generations of family working at the company which includes fathers, step sons, in-laws and cousins.

“Employing family is something which people tried to steer me away from in the early days,” muses Mike. “People always told me that it would make life difficult for us but in fact the opposite has been true. The family we have working with all have a vested interest to do good a good job, their reputation is so closely linked with ours. It’s been wonderful to see family businesses such as ours and all the other finalists and winners recognised at a national level.”


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The creme-de-la-creme of family businesses are entertained and the grand award ceremony


Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Awards Director for the National Family Business Awards is blown away each year by the variety and calibre of family businesses who enter the awards. “Few people realise that every time they visit their local hairdresser, stay in a boutique hotel, buy a bottle of wine, have a necklace made or buy cheese in the supermarket that they are in fact supporting passionate, dedicated families who have set up in business together. They might be hundreds of years old or new kids on the block. These awards are our chance to say ‘thank you’ and give recognition for their contribution.”

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Friends, business parters, company directors, Winners!


It’s been a great accomplishment by these two local tradesmen; not just to win the award at the first time of asking but to thrive in a challenging economy. It’s been no easy road to Wembley. Like any small business they’ve had set backs and overcome hurdles. They’ve seen competitors come and go but stuck by their principles, treated their customers with respect and been committed to doing the best job they can to built a reputation which is the envy of the staircase industry.

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A night to remember


“We’re very proud of the Abbott-Wade family. It’s hard work running a small business as I have witnessed first hand. Long hours, hard graft, stress and lots of sacrifices made along the way. I may be biased but if anyone deserves this recognition it’s Mike and Craig; both genuine, honest and kind hearted to the core. Well done to all the team!” – Johanna Wade


by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News

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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The Warrington Guardian: Business Set Up By Friends Wins National Award

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One of the great things about taking pride in your community is that the community takes pride in you. That’s certainly what we’ve found to be true. That’s why we were delighted when one of our local newspapers, The Warrington Guardian celebrated the friendship between directors Craig Abbott & Mike Wade from which our business was forged. Over  twenty years on, the business which was founded by friends is now being run by family.

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The St Helens Star Star hails the success of The Staircase Specialists

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The St Helens Star was the first place to feature an Abbott-Wade advertisement over 20 years go. Back in 1996 it felt like a big investment for our fledgling business but our local community has seen us in there ever since, even though we now have a nationwide service and can now be found in the national broadsheet newspapers.

This makes their shared celebration of our success even more meaningful as they’ve been with us right from the very beginning.

You can read the article below or on the St Helens Star online by clicking the link at the foot of the page:

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Your guarantee. What’s it worth?

Abbott-Wade are one of those rare and privileged companies – but it is a privilege we have have earned. We may not be big, but we have a trusted heritage spanning over 20 years specialising in staircase installations and renovations. This means that when our customers choose our award winning family business, they can take great assurance in the value of our guarantee.

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Heartfelt best wishes

Recent weeks have had up and downs and been filled with mixed emotions. In a week which has seen so much celebration for us, there has also been bad news. One of our main competitors has entered liquidation leaving people out of work and customers disappointed. Our industry is very specialised and as such we all move in similar circles. We have always shared a friendly rivalry and know many of those who worked at the company in various capacities. We would like to send out our best wishes to all those affected at this sad time and wish them all the best going forward. We would also like to reassure our customers that after 20 years in business, Abbott-Wade is stronger and more vibrant than ever and we will continue to offer our customers the highest standards of service and installation as we ever have.

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