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.


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Watch me get fit and help a charity at the same time!


We’ve decided to have a Gratnells Team bike riding challenge and raise money for charity at the same time.  On the third of July this year Team Gratnells will be donning our custom fancy cycling jerseys and attempting to cycle from London to Cambridge.  I’ve been cajoled into joining the team of eight despite not being a long distance cyclist – or any kind of cyclist for that matter!  So I have from now until July to get to peak fitness.

We’re doing this cycle to raise much needed money for Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity which is dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. They believe that if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

Please donate to our team effort – we’ll be putting our sweat and probably tears into this event. Every little helps – you can donate with this button below.  Thank you
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Gratnells launches new IT charging and storage products

Gratnells is delighted to launch a new charging solution for schools and offices. The PowerTray is a standard Gratnells Deep or Extra Deep tray but with an electronic component that will store, charge and sync up to ten usb devices at a time using DDR (Dynamic Device Recognition)

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The PowerTray comes in two heights – Deep and Extra Deep and both come as charge only or charge and sync variations.  We have designed a trolley to hold the PowerTrays – the PowerTrolley comes in a range of colours and is lockable to securely store either two Extra Deep or three Deep PowerTrays. For more information and a guide to recommended retail pricing see this pdf.


A Gratnells Christmas tree

Today we decided to see if you could build a reasonable Christmas tree out of Gratnells trays.  After a few failed starts and enlisting the help of our resident consulting engineer we managed to build something resembling a tree from green Jumbo F3 trays.  With some tinsel and baubles you’d hardly know it wasn’t plucked from a forest!  Now it has pride of place outside our Director’s box in the factory. Pictures show me and Marketing Director Richard Picking next to the tree and Marketing Coordinator Emily adding some final touches.




Gratnells takes the stage!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Gratnells Stage. This is a new venture for us into the portable staging marketplace.  With the help of leading industrial staging designer Antony Hill we have launched a new modular staging system for schools, church halls, public spaces and anywhere that might need an easy to assemble stage.


Gratnells stage is very high quality and versatile.  It’s easy to assemble and demount, anti slip, and is designed to be quiet unlike similar products.

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So who will be the winner?

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So who is going to be the brand new winner of the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year?  Well we can’t say yet as it is being officially announced at the ASE Science Technicians Conference in York tomorrow.  Check back here to find out!

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.


New products unveiled at the BETT show

We’re going to be exhibiting at the leading Education Technology show – BETT – this week.  If you’re going to the show be sure to drop by our stand (A470) and see our latest new offerings including a compact charging solution for schools. If you aren’t going to the show watch this space for further details over the next few weeks.


You can find more information about the BETT show here

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.

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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 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.

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