We’re another year older & another year wiser. Our wealth of experience continues to grow with the the passing of another year which has proved as eventful & as memorable as ever.
The prodigal son returned to us in January as Anthony Jones, who learned his trade with Directors Craig & Mike, returned to the fold. A big character and a great asset to the team, we were delighted to welcome him back.
February saw another welcome addition to the fitting team as Simon Garner joined us under the watchful eye and tuition of Team Leader Lee. Not new to joinery but new to the our speciality staircase renovations, Simon quickly became a valued member of the team.
It wasn’t just the fitting team which was strengthened this year. The Design Team started in March with the addition of experienced staircase Designer Stuart Corbitt to look after our clients in the Home Counties.
In May we were delighted to be officially named Best UK Home Improvement Company by Acquisition International. Another well deserved accolade for all the hard work put in by our team over the years.
In July we returned to the National Family Business Awards at Wembley where we’d been awarded Best Small Business in the North West 12 months earlier. This year the Abbott-Wade family received the North West’s coveted award for Customer Service.
August & September proved to be a very eventful period for us. The Abbott-Wade family continued to grow with the wonderful news that our lovely designer Janet Stephens had become a Grandma for the first time following the birth of Baby Ralph.
The Design Team was bolstered further with the arrival of Chris Davies & Ray McMillan both with a wealth of experience designing staircases for another national staircase company. The duo who were attracted by our reputation and ethos which we are well known for within the industry.
Anthony Jones from our fitting team took to 2 wheels and rode to Paris for the brilliant local charity Violet Grace’s Gift. Though somewhat saddle sore afterwards, it was a superb effort for a great cause. Learn more about the important work done by Violet Grace’s Gift here.
Another award was announced in October when BuildIt Magazine honoured us with the title ‘Best Bespoke Staircase Design Company’. Learn more here.
After a lot of hard work behind the scenes the new Abbott-Wade brochure was finally released. The development of this had been a real labour of love for Mike & Eddie who, along with our customers, were thrilled with the result.
The hard work also paid off for more members of the Abbott-Wade family. Lewis Wooder completed his apprenticeship with flying colours and joined Team Leader Anthony Jones. Lewis has a promising and exciting career ahead of him with Abbott-Wade and we’re delighted that he will be part of the next generation to take our company into a bright future
Lana from our office team graduated with her Psychology Masters Degree from Liverpool University in November and we couldn’t be more proud of her! Well Done Lana.
2018 also included 2 marriage proposals within the team which means that there are definitely more good times to come very soon! It’s been a great year for the Abbott-Wade Family and we can’t wait for all the exciting things which 2019 has in store for us.
All that remains is the traditional Abbott-Wade Christmas party when our designers, office staff, fitters & directors get together and have a great time as only a family business can.
From our family to yours – have a Merry Christmas and a fun & prosperous New Year.