Gearing up for Worlddidac

We are heading into a busy time here at Gratnells HQ – not least gearing up for the biannual challenge that is our Worlddidac stand.  Plans are afoot and we are having a double stand where we will be showcasing our new SmartCase and Callero junior range. Hopefully you will be familiar with these two launches already:


  • Callero is a range of stylish classroom storage specially designed for early years and junior education. This modular storage solution boasts a whole range of storage and shelving units. Callero’s sleek new design and colour scheme gives any classroom a modern, stylish look.
  • The SmartCase is our newest addition to the tray family – but it isn’t just a tray, it’s also a carry case. The answer to super-tough storage on the go, SmartCase is designed to safely store and transport all kinds of classroom items, from tablets and laptops to data logging equipment and school kits.


As with previous years we are offering our customers a free ticket to Worlddidac – and we are running a competition on our stand. This year we giving away a brand new Kindle Paperwhite in our on-stand competition. And you could be the lucky winner! Most of you will be receiving a letter or an email this week with more details but if not please do email me for a free ticket or more information.   You can find more information at


I’ve already posted you a voucher which gives you a free ticket to Worlddidac Basel when you register online. The show runs in Basel, Swizerland from October 29 to 31 So please join me on the Gratnells stands D100 and D105. I look forward to seeing you there.



How to make classroom furniture look amazing

I was pleased to meet Johan van Ballekom recently at the ToyFair and he gave me a copy of a beautiful book he has just edited.  The book is a coffee table style catalogue for Dutch furniture maker Klassehout which is sold by Reinders. The book is absolutely stunning, featuring fantastic photography and is one of the nicest presentations of school furniture I have ever seen, with beautiful classroom sets and some great models.

It’s inspired me to get thinking about next year’s Gratnells brochure and start planning some creative photo shoots.

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New tray launch – the S1

So it is all go here at Gratnells HQ! We have another new tray to add to our current line up. This one is the S1 – a narrower version of our standard Shallow F1 tray which has been specially designed to fit neatly under classroom desks. It will fit next to an F1 tray underneath a standard 600mm desk. Please note this tray is available in red, blue, green and yellow (and no longer supplied in translucent or grey).

If you are interested in this tray download the product sheet below and email me if you would like a free sample.


S1 product sheet

At the Toy Fair

So this week finds me at the Toy Fair in Nuremberg. It’s been a whirlwind of exhibitions this month, first the ASE Conference, then BETT where we launched our new SmartCase and Computer Club trolley and now the Toy Fair. This one is a huge show – it’s Europe’s biggest toy trade exhibition running from 29 January to 03 February 2014.  Our stand this year is offering a sneak trade preview of our new primary school modular range.  These are early prototypes of a new range. All will be revealed in good time!


Further information on the Toy Fair can be found on their site.

Security alert!

We were sent some pics from one of our customers of Gratnells F1 trays in use at the security gates at Denpasar Airport in Bali last week. Lovely to see the nice bright Lime green and Cyan they are using – usually the security ones are a sombre grey or black. Obviously you aren’t really meant to take pictures so these had to be sneaked to us surreptitiously!

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New science water bath with Gratnells Tray

I was very interested to see a new product from Irwin Science Education at the ASE Conference last week. They have developed a School Science dept water bath using one of our trays so it can easily be stored in a trolley or prep room.  It’s always great to see a new use for a tray and this one is very impressive.  If you would like more information contact Irwin.

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More Prep Room Ping Pong

You might have missed the original Gratnells prep room ping pong video over the summer. It was made in July when most schools were on holiday. So we thought we would jazz it up a bit with some funky background music and re-release it.  It was made by the very clever Science Technicians at Steyning Grammar School in Sussex and all came about as we spotted a much older version they had put on YouTube. We got in touch to see if they would be interesed in making an up to date version using Gratnells trays and so it came to pass…

Watch out for more Prep Room ping pong coming soon.

Announcing the NEW N3 Jumbo Tray!

We are pleased to announce a new tray in our N Range. The N3 Jumbo tray is the latest addition to this range, sitting alongside the N1 Shallow tray and the N2 Deep tray.

Our N range of trays has been specially designed to fit in school furniture that is 400mm deep (a size found mostly in Europe, not the UK). Now with the addition of the N3 Jumbo tray, furniture manufacturers and catalogue retailers will be able to offer a wider variety of storage options and offer storage for larger items too. This tray size will be most popular in preschools and primary schools.

You can download a product sheet with technical information from the trade section of our website.


  • The N3 is available in colours to match the other N trays – Flame Red, Royal Blue, Grass Green, Sunshine Yellow and Translucent.
  • As with all Gratnells products – guaranteed for five years
  • Made from polyproplene and fully recyclable
  • Height – 300mm
  • Width – 312mm
  • Length – 377mm
  • Code – N3


New YouTube Channel

We’ve recently updated our YouTube channel to the new format making it easier to see on mobile devices as well as desktops. Also we have separated out sections and playlists so it’s easier to find the videos you want.

There’s a Science Technician of the Year playlist now as well as a new section for Vets which shows our new case study video.

Have a look here and let me know what you think.