On Sunday the nation’s favourite kiss’n’tell paper News of The World ran a feature about Havelock Comprehensive which has improved dramatically since tycoon David Ross decided to sponsor the failing school to become an Academy. Established in September 2007 the Grimsby School is sponsored by the David Ross Foundation. We were delighted to see a Gratnells tray taking centre stage of the lead picture.
We congratulate the school on their transformation, and would like to think improving classroom storage played a part.
It was sad to see the end of the BBC series Ashes to Ashes last week. Throughout the series a stack of red shallow trays and a lone yellow deep tray have featured at the police office where the drama is based. Leading character DI Alex Drake was seen carrying the yellow tray holding her notes as she chatted with her boss DCI Gene Hunt. We, the staff here at Gratnells, all claim to understand what the ending was all about. Are they alive or dead but more importantly is this proof that there are Gratnells trays in heaven?
Nice to see the BBC has given a thumbs up to our popular 501 medical trolley with another order in this week for five. The Gratnells medical range can frequently be seen in the backgrounds of Holby, Casualty and Eastenders whenever their storyline has a medical angle.
We were glad to welcome KM Furniture and their delivery lorry today when they popped into the Wickes store opposite the Gratnells Harlow factory. After what must have been an exhausting morning delivering their popular chairs to the local schools, a break was obviously required. The driver looked very relaxed when we found him and we hope he had enough energy to get back to KM HQ in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
If you are passing by don’t feel you have to use the local burger van – coffee and croissants are always available here at the home of trays.
The year started brightly with tray sales in the first quarter exceeding Q1 2009. Our main concern is the continual march of raw material prices. Polyprop prices are now the highest I have ever seen them and now exceed the previous peak at the end of 2008. How much more can they go up? www.prw.com
The horror that is Worlddidac is looming. The bi-annual international education love-in is all set for October in Basle and we are there with a stand the size of Wales. Why IS everything the size of Wales? Anyway our Wales-sized stand is looking forward to greeting you with a soggy biscuit and weak hot coffee. I will be behind the desk somewhere between Pont-y-Berem and Abergavenny. www.worlddidac.org.