Ask any teacher what Gratnells does and most will say ‘the school tray’. Indeed, the Gratnells name is synonymous with school storage solutions across the UK and internationally. However, not many people know the company has been producing a line of storage options for the healthcare sector for about 40 years. The Gratnells medical range incorporates BioCote® antimicrobial technology into storage trays, trolleys and frames. Gratnells is now bringing this technology to its education range. 



The BioCote antimicrobial additive is proven to be effective in combatting surface contamination from a wide range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In a comparative study, BioCote created an antimicrobial classroom, using Gratnells antimicrobial trays as the storage element. Over the course of an academic year, the results of the study were extraordinary. There was a 96% reduction in surface bacteria present in the classroom and a 20% decrease in absenteeism related to ill health.


As Coronavirus lockdown measures continue to be eased, it is now thought most children will return to school in September 2020. With this in mind, Gratnells has added antimicrobial protections into a range of its popular classroom storage products. The addition of antimicrobial protection helps to maintain a more hygienic surface between normal cleaning routines and the new range has been designed to help keep classroom layouts as flexible as possible.

Callero Shield covers the popular Callero storage trolleys and trays that are perfect for the deployment of resources in a Covid aware classroom.

Gratnells antimicrobial trays come in translucent or kiwi jelly tint and in four different sizes. BioCote treated lids are also available to further protect stored medical, school or first aid equipment.



The Callero trolleys in the range are offered in double and treble column widths with a range of different tray combinations available. Not only do they offer flexible and moveable storage, but they can also be used as a portable work table for teachers or can act as a roving demonstration station.

The entire range is now available and new products will be added in the future. Richard Picking, International Marketing Director commented, “The weeks and months ahead will continue to bring change and challenges like never before, but we at Gratnells believe it’s as important as ever to play our part in supporting teachers, staff members and children in the ‘new normal’. That’s why we have rolled out antimicrobial technology into our education products as quickly as possible.”

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