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Staircases in Culture: Language

The English language is melting pot of many influences, mainly from the Germanic languages introduced in the 5th-7th centuries AD from the German/Dutch regions. Add in more Scandinavian influences from the viking settlements in 7th-9th centuries and language from the Norman conquest in the late 15th Century together with the many influences from Greek and Latin and we arrive at the language we all use today. Consequently the terminology and common phrases around staircases are varied making their etymology is an interesting thing.

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by admin 1 in Articles, Staircases in Culture

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, it’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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by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News

How to choose the right lighting for 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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by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Articles

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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by Eddie in Abbott & Wade News, Articles

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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by Eddie in Uncategorized

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.

by Eddie in Uncategorized