Gratnells supports Safer Internet Day

We are backing a campaign to help youngsters keep safe on the internet through their donation of a set of books and teaching resources to Fordham CoE Primary School to coincide with Safer Internet Day (SID) which was celebrated on 10th February this year.

The set of classroom books, supported by colourful posters and other teaching materials called ‘Caught in the Web’ are produced by The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain and feature woodland characters Barney Eagle and Echo the squirrel.

Developed to support parents and teachers in addressing personal, social and health education (PSHE) at key stage 1-2, the books and materials discuss some of the potential dangers surrounding children using the internet use and how these can be avoided.

‘Our Y6’s are deepening their awareness of internet safety and developing ways to teach others in the school. This resource has come at an ideal time to re-address important messages for all children as they grow up and into a progressively technological world,’ said Carole Etchie, Acting Headteacher who received the books on behalf of the school.

We visited the school to present the books to staff and Year 6 pupils at Fordham Primary. Gratnells has been at the centre of education for almost 40 years, and has championed better learning through supporting teachers with free resources of various kinds. So we were delighted to be able to donate these excellent books, which as well as providing vital information to children also raise the awareness to parents through the promotion of Safer Internet Day.’



Safer Internet Day (SID): is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.


Safer Internet Day 2015 was celebrated on Tuesday 10 February 2015, with the strapline, once again, of “Let’s create a better internet together” following the success of last year’s campaign.


Trays spotted in ITV’s Broadchurch

Regular readers of this blog will know that very little gets us as excited as seeing our trays on the TV. We were thrilled to spot some grey trays in this week’s opening episode of ITV’s Broadchurch season 2.  In the scene where DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) goes into the courtroom he passes through a security check where he puts his Blackberry into a grey deep tray at the scanner in the fictional Wessex County Court.

broadchurch series 2

Broadchurch is ITV’s award winning crime thriller set in the picturesque seaside town of Broadchurch, featuring DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller. You can read more and catch up with the latest episode here.


A novel use for a shallow tray!

I was delighted to see this picture of a Gratnells F1 Shallow Tray being put to good use at one of our customer’s Christmas Party.  LeXsolar in Dresden who supply renewable energy experiment sets were happy to use a tray to serve up their party food. Always nice to see a bit of lateral thinking!



A very Happy Christmas!

This year’s Gratnells Christmas card has our office team rendered beautiful through the medium of cartoon.  I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for a successful year in 2015.

Christmas card

Our office is closed from 24th December through to Monday 5th January.

SmartCase Raspberry Pi sets in action

I was interested to read about a ‘Raspberry Jam’ in Southend last weekend. The event featured the recent Raspberry Pi kits made by ExploreStem using the Gratnells SmartCase. In the pictures you can clearly see the SmartCase kits being used by each visitor as they learned the basics of programming MineCraft using a Raspberry Pi kit.  These kits are used to demonstrate Raspberry Pi and introduce people to the beginning of coding. Each SmartCase contains a complete Raspberry kit including keyboard.  Also from the pictures they seem to double up as a useful monitor stand when empty. Who’d have thought!


You can read in full about the Raspberry Jam event at


Yet another TV appearance!

We spotted some more Gratnells trays on the TV this week.  The team from Salvage Hunters were at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire and spent some time in the Science Lab. Celebrity antiques dealer Drew Pritchard spotted an old collectors’ cabinet that he considered an antique. In the background is a bank of tray storage units (clearly the real treasure!)




Salvage Hunters is broadcast on Quest TV in the UK and follows Drew Pritchard as he criss-crosses the country to search for derelict gems that can be given a new lease of life back at his antiques yard with the help of wife Rebecca, sidekick Tee and his team of renovators, wood carvers, upholsterers and guilders.

You can watch the episode on catch-up here and you can read more about the show here.

Kimbolton School which is featured on the show wrote about the experience on their blog where you can see some behind the scenes photographs.



Conversation spotted on twitter

We were delighted to spot this conversation on Twitter this week. ‘You know you’re a teacher when finding unused Gratnells trays and drawers at school is a personal highlight’ Actually we are the ones feeling like the proud parent!


Times article on Wooden Furnitiure Manufacturer, Ambic

Although this article ran a while ago in the Times we have only just spotted it.  It’s a very interesting article about School Furniture Manufacturer Ambic Ltd who were facing problems with cash flow as their business is very seasonally biased to the summer holidays (as is ours).  Schools place orders at the end of the school year and then want their new products delivered in time for the new term in September. So additional resources need to be employed to meet the temporarily heightened demand. Ambic used a funding circle instead of a more traditional expensive bank overdraft to raise the funds for increased production.  An inspiring story and you can read the full article here 

It could almost be a Gratnells picture!
It could almost be a Gratnells picture!