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.