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We were delighted to supply Explore STEM – a leading STEM Ambassador program – with a set of 30 SmartCases which were specially designed to hold their classroom Raspberry Pi kits.

opinion essay on abortion manages the Schools STEM Advisory Network and STEM Ambassadors Programme across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. They keep schools informed about high-quality activities they can access to enrich and enhance the STEM curriculum and enable them to use a range of STEM Ambassadors. Working with local experts, they provide tailored advice and assistance quickly and easily to schools and colleges across Essex by helping the delivery of enrichment and enhancement activities, providing STEM Ambassadors and helping Schools develop and provide after-school STEM clubs.

This Raspberry Pi project was funded by the IET (institute of Engineering and Technology); a body which aims to promote the teaching of Science and Technology subjects in schools. Explore STEM approached us to create a customised STEM Ambassador SmartCase which could hold a complete Raspberry Pi kit. The kits were created with a special foam insert that can hold a whole Raspberry Pi starter kit for each pupil and the lid has a wallet that contains a keyboard so everything needed to set up one student is in a handy case. The initial feedback has been very positive with a lot of positive comments on twitter from the first picture!


Getting ready for Worlddidac next week

So this week we are dashing round with final preparations for our stand at the Worlddidac Education Trade exhibition in Basel next week. Stand designs have been signed off, products have been shipped, brochures have gone to the printers and most importantly the tea and coffee machines have been safely packed away with the rest of the materials being shipped to Basel in Swizerland.

We are very excited to be showcasing our two most significant launches of the last decade: the SmartCase and the new Callero range. SmartCase has just been launched and Callero units will be available in 2015.

Don’t forget if you visit our stand you could be the lucky winner of a Kindle Paperwhite. 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.

You can read more about our show plans here.

If you will not be attending the Worlddidac show but would like the latest information on our new launches you can see the new Callero and SmartCase brochures on the trade section of our website.


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!


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.

BETT’s off!

We’re at the BETT show this week before heading off to the Toyfair in Germany next week.  We are showcasing two new products at BETT, our new SmartCase which has a carry handle and fits in our storage frames and trolleys, and our new Computer Club trolley with a special lowered top for storing and transporting larger equipment like monitors.  If you’re at BETT I’m there all week so do drop by our stand and say hello. We’re on Stand B1.  If you’d like any more information on the SmartCase or Computer Club trolley just drop me an email.


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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From A to B..

So last week we enjoyed ourselves at the ASE Annual Conference. It’s always a good way to start the year – not only meeting many of our customers but also catching up with some of our fellow exhibitors. Our Ping Pong challenge was a success and we’ll definitely be doing this again.

The Gratnells ping pong challenge at ASE
The Gratnells ping pong challenge at ASE

You can see all of our pictures from the ASE Conference here.

Now we’re gearing up from A to B – the BETT Show next week.  This will be our third time exhibiting at BETT and this year we are excited to be launching two new products.  If you are going to BETT you can be one of the first to see our brand new Computer Club trolley and our SmartCase.  Just make sure you pop by stand B1

BETT is the world’s leading Education Technology show and runs from 22nd to 25th January 2014 at Excel in London. More information can be found here.


Ping Pong at the ASE Conference

This week I’m in Birmingham for the annual ASE Science Technicians Conference. It’s always our first outing of the year and this year we are doing something a bit different.  Following on from our Prep Room Ping Pong video in the summer we are issuing all Science Technicians a challenge! Test your physics know-how and your ping pong skills and see if you can win prizes.  It looks simple but it’s actually quite difficult.  If you’re going to be at the conference drop by stand D27 and have a go!




The ASE Conference runs from 8th to 11th January 2014 in Birmingham.  More details can be found here.