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Gratnells is delighted that Tariq Phillips will be joining us next month to head up our UK operation. There are few people with such a huge experience of our sector and I am grateful he has chosen Gratnells as his next port of call. Our best wishes go out to his former parish, Kit for Kids, and their new management structure. Martin Wells, who many of you will have known as their Middle East honcho has become their MD and I wish them the best.

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.

Gratnells joins the Made in Britain initiative

We are pleased to have signed up to the Made in Britain initiative.

Research has shown that many UK consumers want to buy British made goods –  but are confused about the origin of products sold in stores. In January 2011 cooker manufacturer Stoves commissioned independent market research which showed that half of those surveyed admitted confusion about which brands could still claim to be made in Britain, with international takeovers and moves towards Far Eastern production all contributing to an increasingly puzzled landscape. Two-thirds wanted an official seal of approval to show products made in Britain, while half thought British brands should bring manufacturing back to the UK. More than a third of those questioned stated they would actively buy British goods if it was easier to identify authentic made in Britain products.

In July 2011 and companies making products in the UK were invited to apply to use the logo and in November 2012 a committee was formed to oversee the marque and assist with the ongoing promotion of the campaign. In June 2013 the committee commissioned design agency The Partners to re-design the logo and establish a membership scheme for users of the logo.




Any UK based manufacturer who would like to use the marque can apply at the Made in Britain Campaign website. Applicants will go through a verification process to confirm that their products are made in the UK and then will pay a small membership fee to be able to use the marque.

Mad Fat Gratnells Trolleys

We were pleased to spot another one of our products in a TV show again recently. In Channel 4’s My Mad Fat Teenage Diary, lead character Rae was seen visiting her mother in hospital – and what was in the background only one of our medical 501 trolleys. You can still catch the series on 4OD.



You can find out more about the programme which follows the adventures of music mad teenager Rae on the Channel 4 site.

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 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.

Ding dong merrily on high

Santa and his elves are busy getting ready for Christmas.  And of course with all the toys they have to make they need plenty of storage, and what’s better than Gratnells?  So that’s the theme for this year’s Gratnells Chrismas card.

Wishing you all the best for Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013!

Man’s best friend…

Recently we have decided to extend the Gratnells Medical range into the Vet market, so we exhibited at the Vet Show a few weeks ago.  It was probably one of the best shows we have attended with the Medical range and there was lots of interest from the Vets in our frames and trolleys.

The London Vet Show took place on the 15th and 16th November at Olympia, London and over 3,300 vets attended.


Gratnells stand at the Vet Show 2012
All we need now are some animals

We now have a Vet-dedicated website at

Medical range on show

Last week we were exibiting our medical range of products at a new show, the Hospital Directions show in Olympia.  We were showcasing our two medical ranges, our Gratnells Classic medical range and the newer, smaller Compact medical range.

Hospital Directions was an event for senior secondary care managers offering best practice advice and real world solutions held at London Olympia on the 21st and 22nd November 2012.


Is there a doctor in the house?

Another TV starring role

We’re on the telly again!  We spotted Gratnells Medical Trolleys from our hospital range in the background of BBC’s medical comedy Getting On.  Getting On is a darkly comic series about life on an NHS ward and offers a bittersweet look inside a female medical ward at King Edward VIIIth hospital, a backwater within a backwater of the health service. Jo Brand (who co-writes and stars in the sitcom) won a the Bafta award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Role last year.

The series is produced by Vera Productions and directed by The Thick of It’s Peter Capaldi.  It’s well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it – even if you don’t get overly excited spotting Gratnells products like we do!


Gratnells Medical Trolley co-starring in BBC's Getting On

Starring Gratnells Trolleys. Co-starring Jo Brand and Joanna ScanlonYou can find more information and see clips from Getting On here.

Shiny new logo

We’ve had the same logo for many years at Gratnells and now we have decided to give it a bit of a tweak to give it a more modern feel.  Our original logo predates modern graphic design techniques and was actually hand-drawn by an architect. Because the Gratnells brand is so well established and the logo is familiar to teachers we didn’t want to have a radical departure from something so recognisable so we have updated the logo rather than completely change it.

We thought you might like a preview!  I’d love to know what you thik, so if you have any comments, or would like me to send you the new logo just drop me an email.


Old logo
New logo