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Educational storage manufacturer Gratnells awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark


Educational storage manufacturer Gratnells is the latest company to be awarded the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company after successfully passing the rigorous independent audit.

Headquartered in Harlow, Essex, Gratnells is a privately owned, British manufacturer of storage systems for educational purposes, namely metal frames, metal trolleys and injection moulded trays.

Gratnells’ history can be traced back to 1890, and since the company’s official incorporation in 1971, the business has focused on the schools market.

The company has grown considerably over the years and today it exports to 68 countries in addition to serving the UK.

Sponsored by Lectra, the Manufacturing Guild Mark has been the mark of excellence, distinguishing Britain’s top furnishing manufacturers, since 1993. The Mark is awarded to companies that demonstrate high standards across all aspects of the business.

Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman Ben Burbidge presented Murray Hudson, managing director at Gratnells, with the Manufacturing Guild Mark on Thursday 17 January.

Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman Ben Burbidge said: “I would like to congratulate Gratnells for being awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark. We’re delighted to welcome an educational furniture manufacturer to the increasing list of holders, which goes to show that the Mark is relevant across all sectors within the wider furnishing industry.”

Murray Hudson, managing director and chairman at Gratnells, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award as recognition of all our hard work in advancing our manufacturing processes and environment. Achieving a Manufacturing Guild Mark accreditation has provided us with the ideal springboard to further advance our engineering capabilities.”