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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.

Collecting for Violet Grace

37795960_256955324897291_948750321406967808_n-2We’re really proud of team member Anthony Jones for being part of this brilliant team cycling from London to Paris raising money for a wonderful charity.

On August 11th Anthony and 14 other brave (and slightly mad) men will be cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours!

Good luck boys

To learn more about the charity or to support Anthony and Violet-GracesGift please click here:

 

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Meet ‘Winston Wolfe’: Aftercare at Abbott-Wade

Winston Wolfe was the famous ‘fixer’ from Pulp Fiction who defines his role with the line, ‘I solve problems’. We have no need for this Harvey Keitel character, instead we have Adam – our Abbott-Wade equivalent (only much less intimidating and far more friendly). Affectionately known to his friends as ‘Wiggy’, Adam’s career started in cabinet making – a trade which demands a keen eye for detail. His passion for renovating camper vans and building durable, quality longboards (skateboards to you and I) in his spare time has honed his ability to adapt his carpentry skills to solve almost any problem. All of this makes him the ideal perfectionist for the position of Abbott-Wade’s resident ‘Fixer‘, or Aftercare Fitter to give him his official title.

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Corporate LiveWire INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Bespoke Home Improvement Winner!

Innovation and Excellence Award Winner

Best Home Improvement Company – Winner

We are delighted to announce that Abbott-Wade are now a Multi-Award Winning family business. We have always been pioneers in the staircase installation and renovation sector, a feat which has been recognised at the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards where we were announced as the Winners in the Bespoke Home Improvement Category.

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The National Family Business Awards: Reflecting on an Award Winning Evening!

Some time has passed since our award winning at Wembley Stadium, a little dust has even had time to settle on our award, but while it’s business as usual at Abbott-Wade, it’s great to reject on such a memorable occasion…

An evening at the award is always full of promise, glamour and anticipation and this was no exception. Members of the Abbott-Wade family journeyed down from our Burtonwood base down to the bright lights of London and into the national arena, Wembley Stadium where we scooped the prestigious honour of the Best Small Business in the North West at the National Family Business Awards.

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The Abbott-Wade family accept their award

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Innovation & Excellence Awards 2018

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We’ve been pioneering staircase renovations and new flights for over 20 years. Many of the techniques and practices which are now considered the industry standard were developed by company directors Craig Abbott & Mike Wade. Far from resting on our laurels, Abbott-Wade have continued to innovate and raise standards which drives progress throughout the industry as competitors try to keep pace. No mean feat when you compare us with some of the much larger businesses out there.

Our achievements have now been recognised by the Corporate Livewire Innovation & Excellence Awards and our family business have been shortlisted for the 2018 awards.

It is understandably a very proud achievement for us. As a small business we always worked hard to create a company we can be proud, conduct ourselves in a professional manner and put the customer first. Since 1996 we have innovated, invested in our future and lead the industry trends as tastes for styles and materials have changed.

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National Family Business Awards Finalists 2017

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Abbott-Wade have been recognised as a great family business – so much so infact that we have been nominated as finalists to represent the Northwest at The National Family Business Awards at Wembley at a ceremony to be held on 15th July.

Now in their 8th year, the awards were founded to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Britain and Ireland’s family-owned businesses and the entrepreneurs who lead them. Abbott-Wade are one of over 3 million family firms in the UK and Ireland so to be nominated is a huge honour.

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A day in the life of an Abbott-Wade designer

Staircase sales designer

Far from being a lonely life out on the road, our design team relish the chance to visit customers up and down the country. With a small, dedicated team of designers with lots of experience, our customers have been enjoying the warm, friendly and relaxed approach you would expect from a family business which is in stark contrast to the more aggressive style and ‘sales games’ employed by our competitors.
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