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It is always nice to catch up with major customers at the Education Show. The Consortium, based in the West Country, has been giving presentations on their future business plans at the show and it is always interesting to see what they will be doing. In the past year The Consortium has bought West Mercia Supplies and at the same time been bought themselves by Smiths News. With this strong backing the school supplier is in an excellent position to grow in the marketplace. Gratnells was also shortlisted as one of their Suppliers of the Year but we were beaten to the line by British Thornton. Congrats to them, but my eye is on the trophy for 2014!

Gratnells nominated as Top Supplier


Trays arrive in Zambia

We were very pleased to be able to be part of the Tujatane Science and Maths project in Zambia. We shipped 900 trays to the Tujatne Tongabezi Trust school with the help of  EquipMySchool.com and Atlas Logistics UK, who arranged for the shipment on MSC Botswana. the school is currently fitting out one of their current classrooms as a science laboratory and we hope the Gratnells trays will be a good starting point. We were pleased to get a photo from them showing the trays being unloaded next to some happy children!

Trays being unloaded
Trays being unloaded

Tujatane Tongabezi Trust School is a rural primary school in southern Zambia entirely funded by sponsorship and donations. It was established in 1996 by Vanessa Parker, who was previously teaching as a volunteer in Livingstone. The school started as a pre-school but due to demand it has grown considerably since then, and now educates 190 children aged 3 – 13. The school provides education to the Tongabezi staff children, as well as children from the local community, in an area where educational funding and materials are scarce.

Hey Presto – magic at the Education Show!

We’ve booked a Magician to perform some magic tricks for visitors at the Gratnells Stand (H10) during the three days of the Education Show in Birmingham next week. Sebastian Hunt, a corporate magician, is a member of both the prestigious Magic Circle in London and Equity. His act – which is guaranteed to draw a large crowd – will be ably supported by his beautiful assistant –  the Gratstack®!

I’m sure I’ll be meeting many of you at the Show where we will be showcasing both our secondary science storage range and our junior range. Be sure and drop by Stand H10 to say hello and catch some magic.  If you want to meet up at the show or would like any more information about the Magician or GratStack just drop me an email.