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The National Family Business Awards 2019: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS


It’s Official!  We are delighted to announce that Abbott-Wade have scooped the highest award at the prestigious National Family Business Awards at Wembley Stadium, the only awards to recognise Family Businesses at a National Level with entrants of all sizes from all four corners of the UK & Ireland.


The prestigious awards celebrated their 10th Annual Event in style with a glittering ceremony held at Wembley Stadium, The Home of Champions. Unlike many awards, the National Family Business Awards aren’t judged on turnover. Instead their independent judging panel get to the heart of what really makes each nominee such an extraordinary family firm. From small first generation businesses to fifth generation giants; their aim is to recognise the very best, regardless of size.

Members of the Abbott-Wade pose inside Wembley Stadium before the awards ceremony.

It was the third time we’ve been selected as finalists at the awards having previously picked up the North West regional awards for both Customer Service and the Best Small Business. In a change to previous ceremonies with new categories, no regional awards were presented. Instead only Gold, Silver & Bronze National Level awards were presented for the very best in each category making the awards, now in their 10th year, more competitive than ever. The Gold Award winner would be crowned National Champion – the highest level of award for UK Family Business. Abbott-Wade were nominated in the coveted Luxury Brand Category, and overcoming all odds achieved the highest award, beating Britains oldest Family-Run jeweller to the top spot, an 8th generation family owned firm established almost 260 years ago.

Members of the Abbott-Wade families took to the stage to accept their award and to thank the hundreds of representatives in attendance before being whisked away for a champagne reception.

After a nail biting wait, the winners were announced and representatives of the team took to the stage to thank the judges and delegates and receive the trophy and certificate. It was proud moment and a real honour for the individuals on the stage and the colleagues they represented.

 “Family & Business are the two of the biggest devotions of time, finances and commitment in life. For most people these are entirely separate entities but it makes a family business a business like no other and we are honoured to be counted among them!”  Mike Wade

The event was hosted by The Family Place , the UKs most vibrant network for British, Family owned businesses. Family businesses employ 13.2 million people and generate over a quarter of UK GDP [source: Family Business Place]. Abbott-Wade are thrilled to be flying the flag for family firms and for North West businesses on a National Stage. From humble beginnings in 1996, their hand-picked workforce has grown to employ 5 fitting teams made up of local craftsmen, all trained in-house to install their bespoke, pre-finished staircases nationwide. The company includes a network of family members spanning 3 generations of the Abbott & Wade families from step sons & fathers to cousins & in-laws each utilising their own specialisms. The team have built a successful and sustainable business with old-fashioned family values to create a legacy to be proud of by putting customers at the forefront of everything they do.

Members of the Family Business Place including founder Anita Brightley-Hodges and event Director Susan Anderson personally congratulate the Abbott-Wade team.

Create A Classic Look In Your Home With An Abbott-Wade Staircase

Create A Classic Look In Your Home With An Abbott-Wade Staircase

Are you thinking about creating a classic look in your home? A traditional staircase can transform your hallway. The staircase is one of the first things you notice when you walk through a front door so why not update it with a classic staircase refurbishment.

Abbott-Wade has been performing staircase renovations for more than 20 years. Our work has seen us win a plethora of awards.

We have installed staircases in homes the length and breadth of the country. By adding a bespoke traditional staircase you can add a classical look to any property of any age or style.

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Watch: Abbott-Wade’s Full Twist Oak Spindles

This Stylish Oak Staircase Renovation With Abbott-Wade’s Full-Twist Spindles Is Captivating

Abbott-Wade offer a wide range of traditional and contemporary spindles with styles to suit every home. This installation uses our Full-Twist Spindles which are manufactured using cutting edge CNC technology. Full Twist spindles have a contemporary design with a hint of traditionally turned spindles in their silhouette. This culminates to create a subtlety modern feel with contemporary lines but the warmth and elegance of traditional design.

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Refresh Your Home by Adding a White Staircase with Glass

Refresh Your Home by Adding a White Staircase with Glass

Are you looking to refresh and improve the look of your hallway? A great way to upgrade it is by installing a white staircase with glass. The staircase is an often-overlooked part of the home, despite the fact it is used on a daily basis and is the first thing you see when you enter a property.

At Abbott-Wade we have been carrying out staircase renovations for over 20 years. The white staircase with glass is one of the types of staircases we add to homes up and down the country. It adds a stylish, modern touch to your décor while brightening up your property on the whole. If you are looking for a contemporary staircase then look no further.

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The Abbott-Wade Family Tree

The roots of the Abbott-Wade family tree run deep and the branches spread wide. Unlike many family businesses which claim the title as they’re run by two siblings, a married couple or a parent & child – family is more than just at the heart of our business, it is the spine which runs right through it with three generations of family employed.

Meet the Family

Of course we not all related but we do like to think of Abbott-Wade as a big happy family and look out for each other as though we were. Over the years, many members of the family have played their role. Craig’s Uncle Paul provided a fledgling Abbott-Wade one of its first contracts and went on join the sales team for several years. Mike’s father Derek, a painter and decorator by trade, transformed our new premises (a huge undertaking) after the building work was completed to create an attractive working environment. Mums Christine and Jean packed the first packed lunches all those years ago and since have stepped in when called upon to add a helping hand in the office and provided valued advice.

A family business is a business like no other and were proud to be counted among them!

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Staircase Stories: Mr Wright, Liverpool

The Wright Family knew it was time to give their staircase the wow factor and luckily, they found Abbott-Wade as we install staircases in Liverpool as part of our Nationwide Service.

“We are highly delighted with our staircase and without a second thought would recommend Abbott-Wade. They have totally transformed our hallway. We hadn’t seen an oak and glass staircase ‘in real life’ only in pictures. The reality is so much better than we could have imagined, we absolutely love it and the glass is really so very easy to clean and maintain. A job well done – Thank you!”

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How a staircase refurbishment can create a new staircase

How A Staircase Refurbishment Can Create A New Staircase

Are you unhappy with your staircase design? Stairs are an important – yet often overlooked – part of your home décor and style. As one of the first things people see when they walk through your front door, why not make sure that your staircase makes a lasting impression?

At Abbott-Wade, we have been performing staircase refurbishments across the country for more than 20 years – with our work recognised by a multitude of awards. Using our vast experience, we can bring your stairs to life and a whole new look to your hallway.

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Watch #TeamAbbottWade take on Born Survivor for The Stroke Society


We are many things. We are the pioneers of the Staircase Industry. We are a Family Business. We are Award Winners. In January 2019 when our good friend and colleague was struck down by a Stroke – we became #TeamAbbottWade. The Abbott-Wade family, staff and the family & friends of our good friend Colin united like never before to raise as much money as we could to help the Stroke Association support more victims of Stroke and rebuild lives.

We’re delighted to say that since the events in January, Colin’s improvement has been remarkable and we immensely proud of his tenacity to recover.

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Why to add glass stair balustrades to your home

Why to add glass stair balustrades to your home

Looking to add a glass staircase to your home? The use of glass stair balustrades is becoming increasingly popular. Adding them to your staircase design can be to add a fresh touch to both classic and contemporary staircase styles.

At Abbott-Wade, we having been manufacturing staircases for more than 20 years. Countless homes from up and down the country have received a bespoke staircase renovation from us. Our work ensures a stunning, stylish staircase is the first thing you see when you walk through your front door. Continue reading…

AI 2019 Business Excellence Awards


Acquisition International are the voice of modern business and have now proudly announced  the UK Winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards.

We’re delighted to be named among the UK winners for 2019 as the Best Quality Staircase Company in Northern England.

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