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!
Meet the Abbotts…
Craig Abbott | Director and Co-Founder
Craig established Abbott-Wade back in 1996 along with Mike Wade. Craig remains highly active at the heart of the company.
Michelle Abbott | Wife
As the business has grown, the expertise of Michelle in current legislation, systems and processes has been hugely advantageous.
Dave Abbott | Father
Craig served his apprenticeship under Dave who is a veteran of the industry. Having worked actively in the fitting team for many years mentoring the younger team members, these days Dave is base in our workshop handcrafting stair parts for upcoming installations.
Charles Tyson | Step-Son
Charles joined the company at the tender age of 16 and has risen through the ranks to become an accomplished staircase fitter and team leader.
Meet the Wades…
Mike Wade | Director and Co-Founder
Along with Craig, Mike remains at the core of the business and was an industry pioneer setting the benchmark and developing the techniques which have become the industry standard.
Johanna Wade | Wife
Johanna’s experience in marketing has highlighted our place within the industry and is the mastermind behind the Abbott-Wade brochure.
Lee Kayat | Cousin
Lee trained under Craig & Mike and is an exceptional joiner with an eye for detail and has since gained his HND after progressing to leading his own installations team and training new talent.
Eddie Ping | Brother in Law
A former teacher, Eddie joined the office team back in 2014 looking after the installations schedule and digital media.
Lana Kayat | Cousin
Lana joined the office team while studying for her Masters Degree and now is a popular first point of contact with our customers.