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Directors Craig Abbott & Mike Wade proudly putting their names above the Main Reception at our new premises.

We delighted to announce that we have moved to a new premises in Golborne. It’s not only a investment to ensure the future of our family business for the next generation but we’ve also made a huge investment allowing us to achieve our environmental goals of reducing our impact on the planet for future generations of the Abbott-Wade Family.

Existing Commitments

We’ve always taken our environmental responsibilities very seriously. We use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified suppliers to ensure the timber we use is from environmentally responsible sources. Our precision mitred oak newels are not only superior to the laminated posts used by our competitors but are also more environmentally sustainable as they result in a significant reduction of oak wastage.

We’ve always corresponded by email to reduce waste, printed our brochure on recycled paper and used FSC Certified paper in our office. Waste wood has always been made available to members of the local community to be burned to keep homes warm or reclaimed by local businesses like Northern Strongboards to be transformed into bespoke goods with the remaining waste being recycled locally. We’ve always worked hard to schedule our installations carefully to reduce the amount of fuel our vans burn and use local suppliers as much as possible to support our local economy and reduce our carbon footprint. 

Our new premises comes with all the features you’d expect of Abbott-Wade, an in-house Spray Shop to allow all our staircases to be pre-finished to the highest standards, a custom-fitted work shop where our skilled craftsmen manufacture stair components and a brand new office for our friendly and efficient team ensure the installations process runs smoothly for all our clients.

A New Green Investment

Solar Panels adorn the roof of our Golborne home providing clean energy to power our operations hub. We can be assured that not a light or computer in our office or the machinery in our warehouse and workshop has been powered using damaging fossil fuels!

We’ve also made a huge investment to ensure the waste wood from manufacturing and the old staircases we remove are turned into a renewable fuel source. We’ve revolutionised our waste management by sending almost nothing to landfill or burning diesel to take our waste away. We’ve invested in the resources to turn the old staircases we remove into wood chippings and, in turn, briquettes. This sustainable biofuel produces less CO2 than fossil fuels and burns hotter than wood. Our clever machinery also separates any metal fixings such as nails and screws from old staircases which can be sent for recycling. These briquettes are used to heat the Abbott-Wade building in the winter months in our special Heater Unit complying with the latest emission  regulations and the Clean Air Act which with surplus supplies being donated within the local community to keep some of our most vulnerable neighbours safe and warm.

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Hallway ideas to surround your staircase in beauty

Hallway ideas to surround your staircase in beauty

In many homes, the hallway is the first area you lay eyes on as you enter through the front door. And, if you live in a property with more than one floor, a staircase will likely be situated there too. At Abbott-Wade, we are the self-proclaimed staircase experts, and always look to give you the very best staircase ideas to enhance the look of your interior.

Once you’ve mastered the look of your stairs, perhaps it’s time to consider the surrounding area. The hallway can often be a section of the home that is overlooked, but why should this be the case? We thought we’d provide some ideas for your hallway that will not only support your stand out staircase perfectly, but will enhance the whole property – creating something that you will be in awe of for years to come.

Create a contrast

Contrasting colours are a great way to keep your décor looking fresh – your eyes will never get tired of looking at a bold hallway! There are many ways to incorporate contrasting shades into your space, including simply, the use of paint. This could be a contrast between your walls and your stairs for example, or the spindles of your stairs and the walls behind. You could even colour your stair treads in a variety of colours to add some uniqueness to your staircase design.

This disparity in colours helps keep your interior design fresh and easy on the eye. Go for shades that are too similar and you could run the risk of your staircase design becoming boring quickly.

After all, the hallway is an area to pass through instead of staying in, so experimenting and adding a bold style will provide the perfect pop of colour you need while you’re temporarily situated in this area.

Add some art

Some eye-catching artwork could be the ideal addition to your hallway, to help top off your ultimate staircase design. It gives you chance to put your own creative stamp on your interior, kitting it out with pieces of art that are to your personal taste.

Whether it be large canvases, smaller paintings or even artwork provided by your children, this source of decoration is a sure-fire way of adding a splash of colour. You have free reign over the art you would like to add, and can widen the room’s colour palette without committing to a permanent change.

A safe storage solution

For the more practical-minded out there, converting a wall in your hallway into storage space could be a godsend. Especially if you have a full house and space is at a premium, it may be useful to add some creative storage solutions to this part of your home. It could be an area to store ornaments for decoration, or as a space to keep all your odd socks to dip into on your way to work, the choice is yours!

Keep it personal to you

Ultimately, it’s important to decorate the hallway in a way that’s right for you. It’s your home, after all. So be sure to include things that you, personally, like. If you prefer a more minimalist approach, then apply the theory of ‘less is more’ and perhaps create a simple contrast between your walls and staircase.

Or, if you really want to stamp your own creativity on your staircase design ideas, you can create a mini art gallery as you ascend and descend the stairs. With the hallway being a passing room, you can take a more liberal approach than you would in the living room or kitchen. If you see something that takes your eye, it may be an excellent addition to your hallway!

Get in touch today

Would you like to put your staircase design ideas into action? The team of experts from Abbott-Wade will be glad to help you create your dream staircase. If you’d like to contact us today, call us on 01744 634 442 to discuss your requirements or email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk. You can also fill out our online form to request a brochure for some staircase inspiration.

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The best staircase ideas on a budget

The best staircase ideas on a budget

The excitement of changing the look of your staircase is one that is hard to match in the world of interior design. After all, it’s the central hub of your home, used every day and often the first thing visitors see when they walk through the door. With this in mind, creating your ultimate staircase design is something that often takes much deliberation and consideration. But what if you don’t have the time – or budget – to make a staircase similar to the finest you see with a Google search or on Grand Designs?

Such is the versatility of the staircase from a design perspective, a smaller budget needn’t be a stumbling block. You can still produce a fantastic stair case without burning a hole in your pocket.

Don’t believe us? Here at Abbott-Wade we have compiled some of the most efficient and best looking ways to transform your staircase – without using up all your savings.

Why replace when you can renovate?

Many people fall into the trap of presuming that improving the look of your staircase requires replacing it completely. Although this is an option, a staircase renovation may be more to your taste. When people look to switch up their staircase design ideas, very rarely do they want to change the layout or structure of their staircase.

A renovation can encompass many potential avenues, each saving you money compared to a full replacement. For example, you can opt for a different leading material for your staircase, by switching your wooden spindles for a glass balustrade. You could also add a feature step to the list of your staircase ideas, adding a new dimension to your stairway and giving it an entirely new feel.

If you would like more inspiration on the plethora of staircase renovation options out there, be sure to check out our dedicated page.

Considered carpet?

Some money saving changes are so obvious they can completely slip your mind. But by adding new carpet to your stairs, you can dramatically change their appearance without breaking the bank. It doesn’t cost anything to rip up existing carpet and it requires only limited DIY nous, so this can be achieved in no time. The limited carpet and underlay you would need to cover your staircase will not eat into your budget too much, allowing you to choose from a wide range of colours and styles to fit with your staircase design ideas perfectly.

Carpeted stairs are a safe bet for a stylish, well furnished option. They are also ideal if you are expecting to have young children running up and down them regularly, providing a comfortable and safe solution compared to a hardwood floor.

A lick of paint could do the trick!

Lastly, one of the most popular ways of creating your ultimate staircase is to add some paint into the mix (literally)! Such is the variety on offer when it comes to shades of paint, it is easy to find a colour that will give your staircase the new lease of life it needs. Perhaps you want to add a subtle hue to your staircase or go the whole hog and paint over your spindles, newel posts, treads, risers and handrails in a bold shade – the choice is yours! A trip to your local DIY store will provide you with the paint you need to kit out your staircase in any way you see fit.

Get in touch today

Has this blog post given you ideas on how to transform the look of your staircase on a tight budget? If so, we’re glad to hear it! If you’d like to benefit from one of our many staircase renovation ideas or one of your own, then be sure to contact us at Abbott-Wade. We are able to provide one of the best value for money services in the North West. So, no matter how low your budget may be, it is worth getting in touch with us today.

Give us a ring on 01744 634 422 or email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk to be put through to one of our experts. You can also request a brochure to check out our staircase ideas for yourself by filling in our online form, we will also give you a FREE quote on whatever you have in mind initially.

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Staircase renovation ideas

Creative ideas to kickstart your staircase renovation

The staircase is arguably the most important part of a multi storey building, so making sure it is the perfect fit for your preferences is a must! The most common reasons behind the urge for a staircase renovation is if a home owner has recently moved into a new residency, and wants to switch up an old staircase that is not of their taste. Or perhaps you have lived in the same place for a while and want to turn your staircase into something more contemporary. Regardless of the motives behind your staircase redesign, it is always an exciting process that can bring your ideal staircase design ideas to the fore.

Here at Abbott-Wade, we have been providing happy customers with renovations for many years now, so we thought we would share some of our favourites with you so you can perhaps incorporate them into your own staircase design in the future.

Sandblasted glass renovation

Sick and tired of looking at that old, stale staircase that is in dire need of a makeover? Glass staircases are right on trend at the moment, as they are becoming a go to option in many modern homes. Their ability to allow the flow of natural light throughout a building is what has made them so popular, allowing you to benefit from a much brighter space.

But if you’re still feeling a little attached to your existing wooden staircase, let us take over and combine the two! We can install a frosted glass balustrade to replace your existing wooden spindles, so you will be able to keep the handrail and create a smart looking staircase as a result.

Check out more on our dedicated page now.

Feature step renovation

Why should a feature step only be seen in grand old buildings? An increasing number of homeowners are now turning to this unique addition as part of their staircase ideas. It is easy to see why, as it can reveal your personality in abundance. The customisation options available when it comes to feature steps is unrivalled, which is why it is catching the eye of more and more people recently.

As well as providing a fantastic visually appealing aspect to your staircase, a feature step can also provide practical benefits to your staircase design. For example, this addition can allow you the freedom to change the position of your first newel post which can create more room in your downstairs area.

If you’d like to find out more about feature steps, be sure to visit our page on site.

Painted staircase renovation

Many people envisage a staircase renovation as an all-encompassing task that can cause difficulty moving around your own home for weeks on end, but this is simply not the case. What if we told you a renovation can be as straightforward as adding a new coat of paint to your existing wooden staircase?

Moreover, a wooden staircases is still incredibly popular in homes around the world, so we understand if you don’t want to radically change this traditional material. The best course of action to fit your preferences could merely be a change of colourway. Here at Abbott-Wade, our experts are able to provide you with the guidance you need to achieve your ultimate painted staircase.

Take a look at some of our previous work for some inspiration on our website now.

Get in touch with Abbott-Wade

Those are just some of the avenues you could go down if you would like to renovate your staircase, but of course, there are many other options to choose from. Our wide variety of staircase options are available via our website or brochure so you can be well placed to liaise with us about your staircase ideas.

To contact our team, you can give us a call on 01744 634 442 or email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk. You can also fill out our online form and one of our experts will reply as soon as possible.

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Staircase railing ideas

Staircase railing ideas from Abbott-Wade

Often, staircases are overlooked in terms of their importance to a building’s interior design. But once you’ve realised how crucial they are in creating your ideal look, you will soon appreciate how a beautiful railing or spindle can be the catalyst of a staircase you just can’t take your eyes off.

Here at Abbott-Wade –  the specialists when it comes to staircase ideas – we feel well placed to present you with some staircase railing design options that may take your fancy. There is a wide range available, so make sure you do your research before entering the minefield that is staircase design ideas! Here are some considerations to make about each of the popular staircase materials…

Wooden staircase railings

Perhaps the most traditional of staircase railings out there, wood is still in demand for those looking for superb spindles for their property. Arguably the most flexible (in terms of design outcomes), they can be easily painted any colour you desire. Maybe a particular shade will complement your walls or carpet? Or a pop of colour will revitalise your living space? Regardless of your end goal, wooden staircase spindles will look the part for years to come!

Spindles usually come in a selection of standard designs, giving you choice between which look you prefer. But if you take a look at our website or brochure, you’ll see the wide range of creative railings we have available to choose from. We’re sure you will find one you think is a must have!

If you already have a design in mind, get in touch with one of our team of experts and we can discuss the possibility of turning your dream into a reality as soon as you’re ready.

Glass staircase railings

Glass staircase panels are becoming commonplace in modern homes that want to capitalise on the natural light benefits that they bring. This clear material allows natural light to flow through your building with ease, giving you that open plan feel that is right on trend when it comes to modern interior design.

A frameless glass balustrade is versatile, as it can be paired with any existing materials and colours to create a standout design that will complement your current décor and never go out of fashion!

It is easy to see why this kind of staircase design is so popular. If you feel like you’d benefit from this variety of railing, then make sure you check out our full range of options on our website now.

Steel staircase railings

Metal can be easily shaped to make creative, unique designs that fit perfectly with your personal preference or the general aesthetic of your home. Although their stronger, more durable make up makes them an ideal choice for commercial and outdoor staircases, they are increasingly popular in homes too.

Their strength means they are the safest material to opt for – perfect if you want the peace of mind that your staircase will be able to hold up and withstand any physical force.

Get in touch with us today

If you would like to find out more about the range of staircase design ideas we offer on site, then be sure to contact us and we will gladly answer any questions you have. Give us a call on 01744 634 442 or drop us an email at info@abbottwade.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form to request a FREE quote or a brochure with each of our amazing designs listed in one place.

 

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The advantages of a space saving staircase

The advantages of a space saving staircase

As much as we see the beauty in staircases here at Abbott-Wade, we understand that some people don’t pay much attention to their staircase at all, and usually only use it as a means of reaching a different level of their building. This is where the compact, space saving staircase comes into its own, allowing people to still have a way of ascending or descending between floors, without having to deal with the centre of attention that a larger, grander staircase can often be.

We see the elegance and stylistic benefits of all kinds of staircases, no matter their intentions. And, contrary to popular belief, these kinds of staircases can provide their own form of class, and can be the perfect fit for some modern interior décor choices and general staircase ideas. So if you’ve been on the fence about saving space with your staircase, be sure to read on and you may finally make up your mind!

Takes up very little space

Unsurprisingly, the reason why many people opt for space saving staircases is for that very reason. After all, having a staircase that is much larger and wider than it needs to be can become a hinderance, especially in a smaller home where space to manoeuvre is already at a premium.

They are a convenient option that is popular with those that just want to use the stairs as a way of travel, as opposed to the wide treads, grand handrails and lengthy spindles that can often get in the way.

Minimalist look

Not only do these kinds of staircases “do the job”, but they can also supplement the vibe that you are trying to give off with your overall interior design. More and more in recent times, homeowners are deciding on a simple look for their home, incorporating this into their staircase design. These stripped back staircases perfectly fit with this, giving you the chance to give your home a modern, trendy feel, whilst keeping things straightforward when it comes to furniture.

By implementing a space saving staircase in your home, you can sacrifice this area of your home to focus your design ideas on another area that might benefit from some imagination, leaving your staircase as a place that is plain and tranquil as a result.

A variety of options

Many people think that compact staircases are simply bare pieces of wood that come out from the walls, but this is far from the truth. Did you know that U shape staircases – found in many homes and workplaces up and down the country – class as space saving options? The fact that they elevate “back on themselves” means that they are using a smaller footprint than your standard straight staircase.

If a U shape staircase is more to your preference, then be sure to browse our range on site or get in touch with one of our team and we will gladly discuss more with you.

Save space, save money!

If you are on a tight budget, or would simply prefer to spend more elsewhere, then have you considered saving space staircase as part of your staircase design ideas? Their lack of bells and whistles can dramatically reduce the cost, which is an aspect of planning for a new staircase that is a sticking point for many. If you would like to find out more about how your space saving staircase can save you money, then contact us at Abbott-Wade now and we can plan out your dream staircase today.

Ready for a space saving staircase?

Many people think that space saving staircases struggle to meet building regulations, but, if planned out carefully, you can implement a solution that is safe, sturdy and stylish! If you would like to find out more about these kinds of staircases, or already have an idea in mind, make sure you contact one of our team today and we can get the exciting process started of providing you with the staircase of your dreams.

Give us a call on 01744 634 442 or drop us an email at info@abbottwade.co.uk. You can also fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you promply.

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Must have spindle ideas for your staircase

Must have spindle ideas for your staircase

Surprisingly, spindles are often an afterthought when people picture their ideal staircase design. But they shouldn’t be! Accounting for much of a staircase’s overall look and feel, they are an important feature.

The truth is, there are so many spindle variations out there it’s impossible to list them all –  but the sheer amount available makes it easy to draw inspiration. There are some important things to consider when it comes to spindles as part of your staircase design ideas that we will highlight in this blog, so you can have a much better idea of which type you should be on the lookout for.

So fear not, we are on hand to help make sense of everything, when the initial staircase design process may start to get a little overwhelming!

What is a spindle and why is it important?

We’re sure you have all seen a spindle before. Near enough all staircases incorporate them, and for good reason! Spindles are the posts situated along the side of the stairs, connecting the base to the handrail at the top. Of course, handrails are a crucial inclusion on any kind of staircase, to ensure there is a way for the person ascending or descending to stabilise themselves if needed.

Without a handrail to grip, the person could lose their footing and potentially fall and injure themselves. Spindles and similarly important. They are needed to ensure that the gap at the side of the stairs is covered, again avoiding someone falling sideways from a potentially great height. So not only do they look the part, but they also have a very important function too.

What kind of spindles are there?

You’ll be pleased to know that there are many spindle solutions out there, so you can perfectly match them up with the rest of your staircase. Whether you have opted for a wooden staircase, or a glass or steel variant, the number of possibilities out there means you are always spoilt for choice!

As with every option, there are pros and cons. If you decide on steel, you will have yourself the strongest material, but it may look out of place in a traditional home. Wood is perhaps the most versatile and is commonplace on many staircases around the world but is much weaker on impact than its steel counterpart.

A glass balustrade may also be an option you explore, to allow natural light to flow freely. The versatility of spindles and balustrades means there is a plethora of ideas to choose from –  you can mix and match or stick to one design.

Get in touch with Abbott-Wade

So will you go for bright and bold, innovative and modern or traditional and classy? The choice is well and truly yours, and here at Abbott-Wade, we are on hand to offer you a professional service from start to finish! That’s right, we will be of assistance during the design process then, once you have found your ideal look, we can install the staircase for you.

We won’t say our goodbyes until we’re sure we’ve done the best job possible.

To get in touch regarding your staircase ideas today, give us a call on 01744 634 442. You can also email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk if this is easier for you or fill out our online form and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Open staircase ideas

Open mind = open staircase?

Opening up the home and creating a more fluid living area is something that has boomed in the modern day. No longer do interior design trends focus on one room at a time, as they now look to embrace open plan living to make the home as adaptable as possible. You would be forgiven for thinking that this way of thinking during the design process can’t migrate to the stairs, but you’d be wrong! In fact, there is a very plausible option that means that your staircase can get in on the act.

Open staircases have been steadily rising in popularity over the last decade or so, and it is easy to see why. So what is the reason for this? We hear you ask, and you’re probably wondering how it can benefit your home too, right? Well let the experts at Abbott-Wade talk you through exactly how shifting your focus to an open staircase could indeed open up your mind…

What is an open staircase?

Before we get started on sharing some open staircase ideas, it is important to distinguish what they actually are. The definition is a simple one, and we’re sure you would’ve seen one of these types of staircase before.

Put simply, it is a staircase in which the individual steps (treads) have a gap in between them. Many old fashioned staircases tend to have closed treads, meaning that you have a consistent colour all the way up your staircase. More and more these days, people are realising that open staircases are indeed safe, therefore they can benefit from their excellent ability to improve the design of your home.

What are the benefits of an open plan staircase?

If you’re still on the fence about how an open staircase can revolutionise the look of your home, then have you considered how much light you can now pass through your bottom floor? The space between treads allows light to flow through with ease, meaning that on a warm, light summers day you can achieve the same effect as an open plan kitchen.

This natural light is like gold dust when it comes to making your home a more appealing place to live, so be sure to consider this when mapping out your staircase design ideas.

How can I implement this into my home?

Although an open staircase may appear like a fairly limited addition from a creativity standpoint, you might want to think again! Alongside the benefits of a more spacious setting and natural light, they can be customised to make them fit perfectly with their surroundings.

Perhaps you want an added safety element that avoids the possibility of youngsters falling through? You can install a metal bar between each tread to ensure that the light and open feel isn’t lost in your staircase design. There are also many kinds of staircase shapes that you can opt for that allow for an open element. Perhaps you have a spiral or L shaped staircase that needs a platform in the middle? No bother, the team of experienced professionals at Abbott-Wade can help you combine all the staircase ideas you have.

Contact Abbott-Wade

If you have decided that an open staircase is for you, then what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our friendly team today! We can assist in the design and installation of your staircase, being there with you every step of the way.

Our award winning business has been in operation for 25 years now, and we show no sign of slowing down. Make sure to give one of our experts a call on 01744 634 442 or drop us an email at info@abbottwade.co.uk. You can also fill out our online form for a quick, detailed response.

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Creative staircase ideas to use in your home

Creative staircase ideas to use in your home

Multiple national lockdowns have meant that we’re forgiven for becoming slightly bored of being stuck in our homes, with the same old surroundings. All of your home improvement projects were probably done in the first lockdown, right? But have you considered freshening up the look of your staircase and turning it into something more bespoke? This is normally overlooked due to the perceived scale and cost of the job, but it now might be time to consider how you can enhance the appeal of your staircase once and for all.

Below we have listed some staircase design ideas to think about when it comes to switching up the look of your staircase or giving it some added functions so it can become a smart space to help you live an efficient life around the home.

Check out some of our favourite staircase ideas below, you might find one that can change up your living space entirely for the better!

Add storage to your staircase

You can never have too much storage in your home. With a little imagination, you can use your staircase as a way of keeping smaller items hidden from view, allowing it to become even more important to your home. This way of making your staircase multi-functional is popular with those who look to run their home as efficiently as possible… do you fall under this bracket?

Depending on where your staircase is situated, you can close up your treads so they become drawers, keeping easily retrievable items within reach. If this doesn’t sound like your ideal solution, then you can also alter your staircase design to open up the balustrade to become a storage haven for larger items, whilst still performing its duty of keeping you safe when in use.

Make your staircase stand out with unique lighting

Let’s be honest, the staircase deserves a lot of attention. Whether you have a traditional or contemporary design, anyone who sets eyes on your staircase should be in awe. To achieve this affect, why not make it an even more attractive element of your home by giving it lighting that makes it stand out as its own entity?

To perfect this, you can add a strip of LED lights (available from most homeware stores) under each tread to give them each their own unique, eye catching quality. This additional lighting around the area of your stairs is a cheap and effective way of shedding some literal light on a part of the home that can often be cast in the shadows.

Use your staircase to save space

Have you ever heard of a compact staircase? If your home is on the smaller side, or you just feel like you could benefit from a larger area of leisurely activities, then they may be a viable option for you, and you haven’t even realised it!

This can mean simplifying the look of your staircase right down into something that purely “does a job”. This doesn’t put your home at a detriment either, as long as they are safe and a sufficient size for you, then who are we to tell you how you prefer your staircase?

Downsizing your staircase into something more space savvy, or adding a compact staircase to an area that is now in need of one, can be achieved with the help of the team of experts here at Abbott-Wade. Be sure to get in touch with one of our friendly members of staff and we will happily discuss more with you.

Contact Abbott-Wade

Do you feel like you could benefit from a brand new staircase design in your home? Or do you have an idea that you would like to put forward to us for our expert opinion? Whatever your staircase enquiries, we will be happy to help.

Give us a call on 01744 634 442 to speak to one of our experts over the phone or email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk with any detailed questions you have. You can alternatively fill out our online form on our contact us page and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.

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